By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
BREWSTER, M.A. - Just over a week ago, the Falmouth Commodores blew out the Whitecaps 14-2, this time the Whitecaps rewrote the script.
After going down 3-1, the Whitecaps looked out of it until the seventh. They scored five runs and were led by newcomer Chad Castillo (California Baptist). He finished three for four with an RBI double in his Whitecaps debut. The Whitecaps won 8-3 and got back at a team who embarrassed them earlier in the season.
“I haven't done anything yet, there's a lot of games left, I'm excited to move forward,” Castillo said. “This game helps a lot with my confidence moving forward.”
Castillo had been on a red-eye flight the night before, got off the plane, and hopped right into the starting lineup. “I said are you ready to go, we didn't bring you in to watch,” assistant coach Lance Ratchford said.
The Whitecaps struck first in the bottom of the first off an error that scored Alex Freeland (UCF).
That lead would last long, as the Commodores would put up three runs and take the 3-1 lead to the seventh.
The seventh inning was all Whitecaps.
After back-to-back singles, Chad Castillo (California Baptist) hit a ground-rule double to make the game 3-2.
In the very next at-bat, Trey Faltine (Texas) hit a chopper over the third baseman's head. That scored two runs and gave the Whitecaps the 4-3 lead.
It did not stop there.
Back-to-back wild pitches brought Faltine home to make the score 5-3. The final run of the inning came from Mac Bingham (Arizona). He laid down a bunt that scored Cooper Weiss (Coastal Carolina)
Brendan Girton (Texas Tech) came on in the eighth inning, to pitch and found himself in trouble. Girton worked out of the inning without allowing a run.
“I was just thinking of pounding the strike zone and getting a double play,” Girton said. “It felt really good to get out of the inning with no runs.”
The Whitecaps got two insurance run in the bottom of the eighth off a Porter Brown (TCU) single.
Brian Fitzpatrick (Rutgers) started the game for the Whitecaps. He went four innings, had four strikeouts, and only allowed one run.
Chris McElvain (Vanderbilt) and Dale Stanavich (Rutgers) also came in relief for the Whitecaps.
The story of the night was Chad Castillo (California Baptist). He gave the Whitecaps the offensive boost they had been looking for.
Kurtis Byrne (TCU) has also slowly become one of the best hitting catchers in the league. He had two more hits on the night
The Whitecaps now (11-7-2) will be at Cotuit tomorrow at 5 p.m.