By: Koki Riley
BREWSTER, MA - On Wednesday evening at Stony Brook Field in Brewster, the Brewster Whitecaps (7-6-1) put eleven runs on the board in an impressive offensive explosion to defeat the Chatham Anglers (6-8) 11-1.
Brewster opened their scoring in the third courtesy of a Mickey Gasper (Bryant) two-run home run that would go well over the fence in right field.
After tacking on another run in the fourth, Brewster would blow the game open in the fifth inning with four runs, increasing their lead to eight.
“It’s special. Mickey’s a really, really good hitter,” said Whitecaps coach Jamie Shevchik.
After an Ashton McGree (UNC) error put runners on the corners, Chandler Taylor (Alabama) roped a double off the wall in right, scoring both runners and extending Brewster’s lead to 4-0.
The Whitecaps weren’t finished though, as Nick Dunn (Maryland) plated two more with a double to left. Then, Brewster catcher Justin Kunz (Gardner-Webb) hit his first home run of the season, making it 8-0 Whitecaps.
“We had efficient hits today,” added Shevchik. “We had timely hits and capitalized on the mistakes they made.”
Brewster’s offensive explosion may have grabbed the headlines, but Whitecaps starting pitcher Tony Locey (Georgia) was stellar in his second start. With his parents in attendance, the righty tossed five scoreless innings of work while striking out seven Anglers hitters.
“He threw really well,” said Shevchik. “His command was really good and he lived at the bottom of the zone. He threw a lot of unhittable pitches that were strikes.”
“Just the fastball,” said Locey about his success on the mound. “My off-speed was good. I didn’t throw it that much, but when I did throw it I kept it down in the zone...Just spotted my fastball really well today.”
In relief of Locey, the Whitecaps featured Robert Broom (Mercer) and Pauly Milto (Indiana) for two innings apiece. The duo gave up just one run in their four innings of work, while striking out four.
Despite being outscored by ten, the Anglers outhit the Whitecaps nine to seven, but John Schiffner’s squad committed three costly errors that resulted in six unearned runs for Chatham.
Brewster, on the other hand, had a clean game defensively, as the Whitecaps did not have an error and allowed their only run on a Jeremy Pena (Maine) ground out in the ninth inning that would score McGee, who had just tripled to lead off the inning for Chatham.
“This is a big win for us,” said Shevchik. “Any time we play a divisional game, where we’re keeping our head above water, those wins are more important. A lot more important than wins against the other side.”
The Whitecaps scored three runs in the sixth inning, increasing their lead to 11 as a Marty Costes hit by pitch would bring in a run. Then, Connor Smith (Western Michigan) would single home two more runs to make it 11-0 Whitecaps.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Whitecaps are at home again tomorrow as they play Chatham for the second game in a row. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.