After a late inning collapse against Wareham, Brewster looked to get back into the win column against the Bourne Braves on Wednesday night. They got a sensational pitching performance, timely hitting, and unlike Tuesday, enough bullpen help to seal the victory.
Hunter Martin (Tennessee) took the hill and was sensational. Martin retired the first six batters he faced, and pitched his way out of a few jams. He left a runner on third base in the fourth inning, left runners on second and third in the fifth, and left a runner on second base in the eighth inning. Martin pitched 8 shutout innings, striking out three and walking only 2.
Bourne's starter, Doug Norman (LSU), pitched well. He worked through a few jams, including leaving two runners on base in the second and third innings. After two straight 1,2,3 innings though, Norman got tired. He hit college teammate Bryce Jordan to lead off the 6th, and threw behind Zach Gahagan (UNC) to allow Jordan to go to 3rd. He left and Chad Luensmann (Nebraska) came on. He gave up an RBI single to Gahagan and then a two run homer to Brent Rooker (Mississippi State). Rooker's homer was his first of the summer, and put Brewster ahead 3-0.
Brewster didn't score another run, but Martin pitched well enough to give Brewster's bullpen a chance to seal the victory. That's where things got interesting. Wyatt Burns (Samford University) came on and got the first two outs. Then he surrendered a single and two walks to load the bases with two outs. Jesse Mendoza batted as the winning run, but grounded into a fielder's choice to end the game.
Brewster's 3-0 victory was the team's first shutout victory of the season, and Brewster got back to a three point lead over Chatham with the Anglers loosing 10-0 to Harwich. Thursday is an off day for the Cape League. When action resumes on Friday, Brewster will travel to Red Wilson Field to play the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. First pitch will be at 5PM. Konnor Pilkington (Mississippi State) is slated to start.