By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
BOURNE, M.A. - The Brewster Whitecaps are now just one win away from clinching their first CCBL title since 2017.
There were more than four thousand Bourne fans in attendance, and the game was pushed back an hour due to the field conditions being wet. All of the circumstances were starting to match up against the visiting Whitecaps. However, the circumstances were no match for the Whitecaps' pitching, who between Griffin Green (Virginia Tech), Michael Prosecky (Louisville), and Dale Stanavich (Rutgers) dominated the Braves lineup from start to finish. The outing from the pitchers went to help the Whitecaps win 2-0.
“This pitching staff has been doing an amazing job all year,” Whitecaps’ catcher Kurtis Byrne said. “They've just been throwing strikes, getting ahead of guys, and shutting the door every time. Griffin was awesome today, Michael was absolute nails, and Dale did what he always does and that's come in and shut the other team down.”
The Whitecaps struck first, in the top of the second. With Chris Lanzilli (Arkansas) on third and Will Simpson (Washington) on second. Kurtis Byrne (TCU) stepped up and doubled them both home to give the Whitecaps all the runs they needed to take down the Braves.
“I got a nice 3-1 count, and I got the head out. Good things happen when you get the head out on the ball. Luckily for me, something good came out of that,” Byrne said.
The Braves showed life in the fifth, with runners on the corners and two outs. Griffin Green (Virginia Tech) took care of that with one of his seven strikeouts on the night.
Green went five innings, recorded seven strikeouts, allowed three hits, and had no runs.
The Whitecaps' manager Jamie Shevchik then turned to all-star reliever Micheal Prosecky (Louisville).
It was Prosecky's second appearance thus far in the playoffs, and it was even more dominant than the first appearance.
Prosecky went 3.1 innings, recorded five strikeouts, allowed two hits, and had no runs. Prosecky also hit 96 MPH on the radar gun and has been one, if not the most dominant reliever on the Cape this summer.
“This summer has shown me that I can still compete at this level, as the summer has gone on I feel like I have only gotten better,” Prosecky said. “This win feels fantastic. We are here now, let's just win it.”
Things for the Whitecaps had gotten dicey in the bottom of the ninth. The Braves had gotten the winning run to the plate with only one out, and you could have cut the tension with a butter knife at Doran Park.
That was until Dale Stanavich (Rutgers) entered the game, struck out two in a row, and helped the Whitecaps move within one step of a title.
It was the first shutout win in a CCBL Championship Series game since 2017. That year the Whitecaps beat the Bourne Braves 2-0 in game one and then went on to win the series in three games.
The 2021 Whitecaps will now look to do the same thing in front of the hometown crowd at Stony Brook Field, at 4 p.m.