By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
COTUIT, M.A. - The Whitecaps, after two consecutive days off, came back in the eighth inning to take down the Kettleers of Cotuit.
Hurricane Elsa had passed and it was a perfect night for a 5-3 Whitecaps win. It was also a great night for Jake Thompson (Oklahoma State). Thompson had four RBIs and two home runs, including the game-winning home run to complete the Whitecaps eighth-inning comeback.
“I just want to win and it felt great to help the team be able to do that,” Thompson said.
The Whitecaps took the early 1-0 lead, off a Thompson solo shot to right field.
“He left one right down the middle and I was able to get lucky on it and barrel it,” Thompson said.
That lead quickly evaporated after a three-run fourth inning from Cotuit.
The Whitecaps were able to cut into that lead in the sixth inning after Colin Davis (Wofford) scored on a Zach Neto (Campbell) groundout.
The score stayed the same until a big eighth inning from the Whitecaps. It started with a Kurtis Byrne (TCU) single, Trey Faltine (Texas) then drew a walk. Then stepped up the star of the day Jake Thompson (Oklahoma State). Thompson hit a three-run bomb to give the Whitecaps the 5-3 lead, and what would end up being the final score.
“I think this is the first time we battled our way back to win,” manager Jamie Shevchik said. “That was huge after having two days off, it showed the amount of fight these guys have.”
The Kettleers were held to four hits and three runs by none other than not one, not two, but the three Rutgers pitchers; Harrison Rutkowski, Brian Fitzpatrick, and Dale Stanavich.
Harrison Rutkowski was making his final start of the summer for the Whitecaps before the MLB draft. Rutkowski went five innings, struck out three, and allowed his first and only three runs of the year.
“I had a lot of fun, the coaches were awesome, and my teammates were great,” Rutkowski said. I go into every game thee same no matter if it was my first or last so I went into this game like any other and helped my team out.”
Brian Fitzpatrick and Dale Stanavich both came in relief and did what they always do, and that is to dominate. The two combined for four strikeouts and no hits.
“The fact that we got three guys from Rutgers up here and to do what we are doing is great for the program,” Rutkowski said.
The Whitecaps now (8-5-2) are in sole possession of first in their division. They will be back at home tomorrow against Y-D at 5 p.m.