By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
BREWSTER, M.A. - The Whitecaps were able to hold on for the win against defending Cape League champions the Cotuit Kettlers. This was to pick up their second straight win.
The Whitecaps only scored two runs all game. That came in the bottom of the first off of a Shawn Goosenberg ( Northwestern) two-run bomb over the left-field wall. The score then stayed 2-0 from the first inning to the last pitch as the Whitecaps pitchers dominated once again.
With one out in the bottom of the first inning and Colin Davis (Wofford) at second, up stepped Shawn Goosnberg (Northwestern) in only his second start with Whitecaps. Goosenberg hit a two-run home run to give the Whitecaps their first, first-inning runs on the season and the 2-0 lead early.
“It was a fastball down and right in my wheelhouse so I was able to put a good swing on it,” Goosenberg said.
Mason Barnett (Auburn) started on the bump for the Whitecaps and was cruising along before catching a line drive to the ear forcing him out of the game. There was nothing serious with the injury and Barnett will be able to make his next start.
This forced the Whitecaps to go into their bullpen earlier than expected, but there were no worries at all. Thomas Babalis (Binghamton), Connor Staine (Maryland), Micheal Prosecky (Louisville), and Sam Bello (Maryland) combined for four strikeouts, three hits, and zero earned runs. That was in a combined 6.1 innings pitched.
“The pitchers the last couple games have come out and dominated the strike zone and pitched aggressively,” Pitching Coach Scott Landers said.”
The bullpen two days in a row now has been dominant and a key to the Whitecaps’ victories. “When you can go to the bullpen and call anyone's number and they come in and compete, that's huge for a team,” Landers said.
The Whitecaps clinched the victory after Sam Bello (Maryland) came in for the save and shut Cotuit down.
“I just wanted to come out here, throw some strikes, and keep this winning streak going,” Bello said.
A couple of other top performers for the Whitecaps were Colin Davis (Wofford) who was the only player with two hits in the game for either team. The other top performer for the Whitecaps was Zach Neto (Campbell). He had one hit and some very flashy glove-work at shortstop.
The Whitecaps now (2-2-1) will take their winning streak into Wareham to battle the Gatemen at 6:30 pm.