By Roy Bowler
Tyler Gentry (University of Alabama) has been swinging a hot bat lately. The junior right fielder from Arlington, Tennessee has raised his average by .129 points in the last five games, going 9 for 17 with two doubles, a triple, a homerun, and five RBI. Gentry admitted that it feels good to be playing this well, and his current approach is: “trying to go out and have fun”.
Gentry carried his hot hitting into tonight’s critical mid-season matchup against the Harwich Mariners, a game already with plenty of implications on the standings. In the first inning, Gentry smacked a two-run double to give the Whitecaps a 3-0 lead, after a sacrifice fly by Marcos Castonon (UC Santa Barbara). In the third, Brewster scored again when Brett Auerbach (University of Alabama) launched his second homer of the year, over the fence in left.
Cam Tringali (University of South Carolina) got the start, and was solid again for Brewster, but had to battle through some shaky defense. Two errors led to the first two Harwich runs, and then Tringali himself misplayed a ball that allowed Harwich to tie the game at four in the fourth. All four runs he allowed were unearned.
Kurt Wilson (Texas Tech) picked a great time for his first Whitecap hit, when in the fourth, he smoked an RBI double to left field, giving the Whitecaps the lead back, a lead they would not relinquish.
After Tringali recorded the first two outs of the fifth, Brewster turned to the bullpen and Seth Lonsway (Ohio State) to get them through the rest of the game. The bullpen did exactly that, Lonsway was terrific over 2.1 hitless innings pitched, and Billy McKay (University of Central Florida) worked an easy 1-2-3 inning in the eight.
The Whitecaps added some insurance when, none other than, Tyler Gentry clubbed a two-run opposite field homer to give Brewster a 7-4 lead.
The Caps called on Sean Fisher (University of Maryland) to close the game in the ninth, and after bringing the go ahead run to the plate, Fisher settled in and retired Harwich,earning Brewster their ninth win of the season.
After the game, Whitecap manager Jamie Shevchik said he was pleased with his team’s ability to “score in multiple innings” and hold their “composure in some big innings they (Harwich) had, and they (Brewster) were able to continue to score and let Harwich fight from behind, and that’s not a comfortable position to be in.”
The win tonight was a critical one for Brewster, a team fighting off Harwich for a playoff spot. The two teams meet again tomorrow at Whitehouse Field in Harwich. With a win Brewster can pull seven points ahead of the Mariners for the final playoff spot in the East Division.