Harwich scored four times in the top of the second inning and crushed a grand slam in the top of the eighth inning as the Harwich Mariners defeated the Brewster Whitecaps 11-7 on Independence Day at Stony Brook Field.
The Whitecaps struck early in the contest as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Nick Dunn led off the inning with a double down the left field line and Bryce Jordan drove him in with a single to give the Caps the 1-0 lead. They would add two more runs as Colby Fitch slapped a single to right field, and Matt Davis singled to left to make it 2-0.
The third run Brewster scored came on a double-steal as Davis swiped second and Fitch stole home with a headfirst slide to make it 3-0 Whitecaps.
The Mariners would not go quietly, as they struck back with four runs in the top of the second inning. Austin Filiere cranked a two-run home run to left field to make it 3-2 and Anthony Critelli added an RBI double to tied the game at 3-3.
Harwich added three runs in the fourth thanks to a two-run triple from Anthony Duplantis and an RBI single from Joe Dunand to make it 7-3 in favor of the Mariners.
The Whitecaps would work their way back into the game, as Warmoth delivered an RBI single in the sixth to make it 7-4 in the bottom of the sixth and Brewster rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Davis recorded a leadoff single; Kekai Rios and Brent Rooker worked back-to-back walks. Bryce Jordan worked a bases-loaded walk to cut the lead to 7-5. With the bases still full of Whitecaps, Logan Warmoth delivered a two-out double down the left field line to tie the game at 7-7.
In the top of the eighth, Whitecaps pitching came up short, as Jacob Westphal allowed a grand slam to Nick Feight and Harwich reclaimed an 11-7 lead that they would not relinquish as they claimed the 11-7 victory.
Anthony Critelli went 4-4 for Harwich and the Mariners offense exploded for 20 hits and 11 runs. The Caps once again struggled with runners in scoring position, stranding 12 runners during the contest.
Brewster drops to 9-12 with the loss and will hit the road to face the Y.D Red Sox tomorrow at 5 p.m.