By: Koki Riley
BREWSTER, M.A. – In 2019 there has been no enemy more damaging to the Brewster Whitecaps (14-19-1) than themselves.
The Whitecaps ability to create their own trouble was put on full display in the top of the third when two walks, two errors and two hit batsmen opened the door for a four-run inning in Falmouth’s (19-12-1) eventual 4-1 victory at Stony Brook Field on Monday night.
“We walked a lot of guys, we hit a bunch of guys and we made it easy for Falmouth to score runs,” Whitecaps head coach Jamie Shevchik said after the loss. “If you think about it, they didn’t hit the ball all over the field.
“We threw six scoreless innings today from our pitchers.”
The first two runs in Falmouth’s third frame scored against Brewster starting pitcher Connor Shamblin (Alabama) came without a hit. A walk to Hayden Cantrelle (Louisiana Lafayette) was followed up by a poor throw to second base from Brewster catcher Justin Vought (Maryland. The play granted Cantrelle both second and third base on the stolen base attempt.
Then, a second consecutive walk, this time to Blake Dunn (Western Michigan), and another errant throw to second base from Vought on the stolen base attempt allowed Cantrelle to score easily from third and allowed Dunn to reach third base.
Next, a single from Falmouth’s Trei Cruz (Rice) delivered Falmouth’s second run of the ballgame. But then another hit batter, Brewster’s second of the inning, loaded up the bases for Falmouth with one out.
A strikeout to Baron Radcliffe (Georgia Tech) put Jackson Coutts (Rhode Island) at the plate. Swinging at the first pitch he saw, Coutts’s base hit plated two more Commodores and all of a sudden, the Whitecaps trailed by four in an inning that had two hits.
“The intensity and the flow of the game starts from the beginning. It starts with your starting pitcher,” Shevchik said.
The most frustrating part of the night for Brewster fans may be the fact that Shamblin just nine days prior had thrown a six innings while allowing just one earned run against the same Commodores team.
But on Monday night, Shamblin’s night was over through three frames as the right hander walked three and surrendered five hits.
With Harwich not playing on due to inclement weather, Monday night was the perfect opportunity for the Whitecaps to take back two points from the Mariners in the divisional race.
But instead, Brewster couldn’t stop tripping over themselves.
“We have ten days left,” Shevchik said. “We need to raise the intensity a little bit.”
The Whitecaps head to Veterans Field on Tuesday night as they face off against Chatham. First pitch is at 7 p.m.