By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
HARWICH, M.A. - For the first time all season, the Harwich Mariners were able to take down the Brewster Whitecaps.
The Whitecaps had one of their best offensive games of the year. The Whitecaps scored seven runs off 11 hits but fell to the Mariners 11-7. The Mariners punched their ticket to the 2021 playoffs with the win last night.
“We didn't have enough arms available. We were working on fumes today,” Whitecaps manager Jamie Shevchik said.
The Mariners struck first by going up 2-0 in the bottom of the second. The Whitecaps answered right back with a Trey Fatine (Texas) two-run home run.
The Mariners put up four runs in the bottom of the fourth to give themselves the 6-2 lead. The Whitecaps cut into that lead with another home run in the top of the fifth.
The home run came from Chris Lanzilli (Arkansas), with a man on base, to make the score 6-4.
The Mariners in the bottom of the sixth scored five runs to put away the Whitecaps.
However, the Whitecaps scored three more runs. The first two came off a Cooper Weiss (Coastal Carolina) two-run home run. The last run came off a Chad Castillo (Cal Baptist) RBI single.
Last night certainly will not be the last time these two teams see each other. The Mariners clinched a playoff spot of their own. These two teams will meet each other in the first round of the 2021 CCBL playoffs, and both are still fighting for home-field advantage.
“I don't care who we play,” Jamie Shevchik said. “We needed to get beaten around a little tonight to show we can come back from adversity.”
The Whitecaps now (21-10-3) and only three regular season games left will be home today at 4:00 p.m against the Hyannis Harbor Hawks.