By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
BREWSTER, M.A. - The Brewster Whitecaps now have three tie games on the year, all against the Y-D Red Sox.
In a back and forth game, the Brewster Whitecaps escaped with a 4-4 tie to keep a slight lead over the Harwich Mariners for first place in the East division.
“Walking out of here with anything other than the loss is a bonus,” manager Jamie Shevchik said. “We were fighting against Y-D, not Harwich, we want to be in either first or second so a tie goes a long way.”
The Whitecaps struck first in the second inning. Tyler Dellerman (Charleston) ripped a single up the middle scoring Tony Bullard (Arizona) to give the Whitecaps the 1-0 lead.
Bullard was making his Whitecaps debut and finished one for four while playing some stellar defense.
“It seems everybody's first game they come in hot and ready to play, if he stays like this he makes our lineup even better,” Shevchik said.
The Whitecaps took a 2-0 advantage after a wild pitch that scored Alex Freeland (UCF).
The Red Sox answered quickly by putting up a four-spot in the fourth inning.
The Whitecaps added a run in the bottom of the fourth. Alex Freeland hit a ground ball to the second baseman, who made an error. The error allowed the Whitecaps to score from third to make the game 4-3.
The Whitecaps then tied it in the sixth. Trey Faltine (Texas) singled, scoring Chad Castillo (Cal Baptist).
Both teams failed to score in the seventh and eighth inning, and the game was called, due to darkness.
Chris McElvain (Vanderbilt) started for the Whitecaps; he went four innings, had six strikeouts, allowed four runs, and allowed six hits.
Connor Staine (UCF) and Hunter Owen (Vanderbilt) came in relief and shut the door on the Red Sox to force the tie.
The Whitecaps now (17-8-3) will travel to Harwich tomorrow night for possibly one of the biggest regular-season games left on the Whitecaps schedule.