By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
BREWSTER, M.A. - The Brewster Whitecaps got right back on track with a win over the Hyannis Harbor Hawks to move within a half a game from the regular-season crown.
The Whitecaps made things look easy today against the Harbor Hawks by beating them 4-0. Spencer Jones (Vanderbilt) led the Whitecaps with three hits and an RBI. Jones has been visiting Brewster for quite some time now because his grandparents own a house in the town. Jones is now a part of what could be the Brewster Whitecaps first regular-season title since 2003.
“I always saw myself playing for the Whitecaps one day,” Jones said. “I'm excited we get to give my granddad a little playoff push, it was always his dream for me to play for the Whitecaps.”
The Whitecaps struck first in the bottom of the first. Chris Lanzilli (Arkansas) stepped up with a man on third Lanzilli drove him in with a sacrifice fly.
The Whitecaps picked up another run in the bottom of the third. After back-to-back singles by Spencer Jones (Vanderbilt) and Tony Bullard (Arizona), Jake Thompson stepped up and doubled home a run. The double gave the Whitecaps a 2-0 lead.
The final two runs of the game for the Whitecaps came in the bottom of the fifth.
Mac Bingham (Arizona) led off the inning with a triple. Bingham later scored off a Spencer Jones single.
The final run came off an error made by Hyannis to make the score 4-0.
Chris McElvain (Vanderbilt) started the game for the Whitecaps and completely dominated. McElvain went five innings, had four strikeouts, and allowed two hits.
Teddy McGraw (Wake Forest) and Brendan Girton (Texas Tech) picked up right where McElvain left off. The two combined for four scoreless innings and two strikeouts.
The Whitecaps are now only a half a game away from capturing the regular-season title. The Whitecaps need a Harwich loss or just one more win to clinch home-field advantage for the first round of the playoffs.
“That would be special, it means a lot to the locals and fans,” Spencer Jones said. “If we can give that to them, that would be great.”
The Whitecaps now (22-10-3) and only two games left in the regular season will be at Chatham tomorrow at 7 p.m.