By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
BREWSTER, M.A. - The Brewster Whitecaps before entering the night were sitting with a record of (3-2-2).
Their previous wins came off of outstanding pitching and being able to scratch across a few runs, but not tonight. The Whitecaps offense exploded to take down Chatham for the second time this season. The Whitecaps won 9-1.
“It was good to see these guys put some insurance runs up on the board and not just score in the first inning,” manager Jamie Shevchik said.
The Whitecaps in their last three games had only scored six runs combined with three of those all coming in the first inning of their last three games.
The Whitecaps got off to a hot start quickly when Zach Neto (Campbell) doubled to lead off the game.
“I just knew we had to get something going early,” Neto said. “After I doubled, I just knew it was a matter of time before our offense exploded.”
Neto went two for five with two doubles and is now batting a whopping .350 on the season.
After the Neto double, Colin Davis (Wofford) who is an offensive nightmare in the box and on the base paths singled to left field and then Jake Thompson ( Oklahoma State) walked to load the bases.
Then stepped up Clay Owens (USC) who walked with the bases loaded to bring home the game's first run. In the very next at-bat, Cooper Weiss (Coastal Carolina) hit a sac fly to make the game 2-0 after one inning.
Chatham then in the second inning picked up a run off of a solo home run but that would be the only run scored of the day for the Anglers.
Picking up in the bottom of the seventh inning Colin Davis (Wofford) drew a one-out walk then stole second to get into scoring position. Jake Thompson (Oklahoma State) who had three hits on the day singled him home to make it a 3-1 game.
“It took a little while to get used to the wood bats, but I think we are all figuring it out now and starting to barrel the ball,” Thompson said.
That score wouldn't last for long after Clay Owens (USC) drew a walk. Cooper Weiss hit a three-run home run over the centerfield fence to make it 6-1 and give himself his second home run of the season.
“I'll take a home run any day especially when it flies way over the fence like that,” Weiss said.
The home run Weiss hit caused some controversy; the Chatham outfielders claimed it landed short and hopped over the fence, but the umpire said otherwise, calling it a home run. This play caused Anglers' manager Tom Holiday to be ejected from the game.
The Whitecaps then scratched across three more in the bottom of eighth to make it 9-1. The game was then called because of darkness.
The red hot pitching continued for the Whitecaps. Teddy McGraw (Wake Forest), Micheal Prosecky (Louisville), and Connor Staine (Maryland) altogether only allowed one run, seven hits, and combined for six strikeouts.
The Whitecaps' pitcher have only allowed two runs in the last four games.
The Whitecaps now (4-2-1) will travel to Bourne to take on the Braves at 6 pm.