After a difficult extra inning loss at Stony Brook Field on Tuesday, Brewster had one last chance to punch their ticket to their second consecutive playoff appearance. They went to Whitehouse Field to play the Harwich Mariners. Unfortunately, Brewster ran out of steam and the season came to an end.
As was the story much of the season, Brewster started the game well. Zach Gahagan (UNC) drove in Nick Dunn (Maryland) on an RBI double in the first inning. Harwich did get a run back in the bottom of the first, on a double by Anthony Critelli (Holy Cross) to score Austin Filiere (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Brewster then struck for three runs in the second. Mariner starter Maddux Conger (Vanderbilt) struggled in the second, giving up two singles and three walks to allow the Brewster runs. Brewster gave a 4-1 lead to their ace, Hunter Martin (Tennessee). He gave Brewster another good outing, pitching 6 innings, striking out 4, and keeping the game close for most of the way.
Unfortunately, the ugly part of the Whitecaps season showed its head: losing leads late. Martin gave up runs in the third and fourth innings, but still carried a 4-3 lead into the 6th. Harwich then claimed the lead on a two run home run by Joe Dunand (North Carolina State). Harwich's bullpen kept the potent Brewster offense quiet the rest of the way. The only threat made by Brewster was in the 6th when Kel Johnson (Georgia Tech) reached first base on an error, then advanced to 2nd on a groundout. Another groundout ended the threat and Brewster never got that close again.
Harwich showed why they are the best pitching team in the league and silenced the Whitecaps bats. BJ Myers (West Virginia), Zach Schellenger (Seton Hall), and Nick Brown (William and Mary) all pitched effectively for Harwich, sealed a 5-4 Mariner win, and ended the Whitecaps 2016 season.
The Whitecaps had a tumultuous season, and while it didn't end with a playoff berth, it still had some highlights. The offense had the best team batting average, tied for the most home runs, and scored the most runs in the league. Matt Davis (VCU) went from being a temporary player to leading the Cape League in home runs for much of the season, finishing tied for second in the league with seven blasts. The often maligned pitching staff also had some major highlights, primarily the performance of Zach Lowther (Xavier), who led the league in strikeouts. He struck out 54 batters, ten more batters than any other pitcher in the league. There were plenty of high moments in the 2016 season. Thank you for following the Whitecaps all season. We'll see you in June 2017 for a new season.