Kade McClure fired four scoreless innings and Brewster relievers tossed five innings as the Brewster Whitecaps tied the Orleans Firebirds on Sunday night at Stony Brook Field.
McClure and opposing starter Jason Morgan were engaged in a pitcher’s duel through the first three innings, as each of them put up scoreless frames. It was not until the bottom of the fourth that the Brewster offense cracked Morgan and would eventually chase him from the game.
Colby Fitch reached on an error to open the inning and Zach Gahagan was hit by a pitch. Beau Jordan singled to score Fitch and give the Caps the 1-0 lead. Ryan Gridley reached on an error to bring home Gahagan and Nick Dunn added a run with a sac-fly to give Brewster a 3-0 lead.
Brewster added another run in the bottom half of the fifth as Fitch tripled to the 380 marker in right center field and Gahagan slapped an RBI single up the middle to extend the Whitecaps lead to 4-0.
Max Hermann, the Whitecaps newest roster addition made his debut in relief of McClure, tossing three scoreless innings and allowing three hits.
Orleans added a run in the top of the eighth off of Walter Borkovich as Adam Haseley advanced to first on an error allowing Ethan Paul to score and cutting the Caps lead to 4-1.
With the Firebirds threating, and the tying run at the plate in the top of the eighth, Matt Davis made a highlight-reel sliding stop at third base, firing to first to end the frame and prevent further damage.
Ryan Feltner entered the ninth inning for a save opportunity, yet allowed one run and loaded the bases to make it 4-2 Brewster. Landon Hughes entered to retire the final two batters yet he allowed an RBI single by Haseley to tie the game at 4-4. The Caps were unable to score in the bottom of the ninth as the game ended in a 4-4 tie.
The Whitecaps return to action on Tuesday as we travel to Red Wilson Field to face the Y.D Red Sox at 5 p.m.