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Round 1, Game 1 Recaps

08/05/2023 12:32 PM

Article By: Kaileigh Grieb

Bourne defeats Cotuit 14-8 (Bourne Leads Series 1-0)

For the second year in a row Cotuit Kettleers hosted Game One in their playoff series.

Both Cam Hill and Bryce Cunnigham retired the first three batters in a row. In the second, a critical Cotuit outfield error allowed Bourne to score 2 runs off a double, which opened the floodgates for Bourne.

Hill started off strong for the Kettleers, but then struggled to settle in after that, letting up 3 hits and three runs in the second inning.

On the mound for the Bourne Braves, second year veteran Bryce Cunnigham, finished with four scoreless innings for the Braves.

At the plate Josh Kuroda-Grauer finished just a double shy of hitting for the cycle, including his first homerun for the Braves this summer. The batters were on last night, with an accumulated 13 RBI split between Derek Bender, Josh Kuroda-Grauer, Sam Peterson, Garret Michaels, and 2022 Playoff MVP Bryce Eblin.

The Braves came into Lowell Park ready to do some damage, while the Kettleers couldn’t get into the rhythm they needed on their home turf to take down the reigning 2022 champions.

Brewster defeats Yarmouth-Dennis 18-7 (Brewster Leads Series 1-0)

Brewster Whitecaps seemingly had the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the palm of their hand last night.

Smith Pinson started on the mound for Y-D and started off strong, striking out the first two batters. This streak didn’t last long with the Whitecaps’ Davis Diaz stepping up to the plate.

In just the first inning alone, the Whitecaps scored three runs, two of those belonging to the LSU duo, Jared Jones and Josh Pearson. The duo took control of the game early on and together brought the win into the Whitecaps favor.

Aside from the LSU duo demolishing the first few innings and the Whitecaps averaging at least one run per inning, there were 7 runs earned in the fourth. The board soon held the score of 13-2 Whitecaps.

The YD-Red Sox couldn’t hold their own on their home field, rotating five pitchers over the span of nine innings. Although the YD-Red Sox played hard, with Casey Cook earning his first homerun of the season and a short rally in the fifth inning, ending in a homerun by Braden Montgomery, it still was not enough to bring it in. At the end of Game One, the Whitecaps brought in a 18-7 win over the YD-Red Sox.

Hyannis Harbor Hawks defeats Falmouth Commodores 13-6 (Hyannis Leads Series 1-0)

Heading over to McKeon Park, the Falmouth Commodores could not get their pitchers to lock in on the mound, rotating pitchers Braden Davis, Garrett Coe, and Bryan Villar.
Five walks by Davis in just over two innings, a two-out RBI by Coe in the fourth, and three singles given up in the sixth by Villar sealed the fate of the Commodores. Even at the plate, the Commodores hitters could not seem to take the game back, allowing the Harbor Hawks to take complete control of the game by the end of the second inning.

Hyannis didn’t cool down both on the mound and in the box, easing into earning the first run of the game in the first inning by Zach Ehrhard. In the second inning, they scored four more runs and Eric Snow hit a two-run homerun in the third. It only snowballed from there.

The Harbor Hawks had a strong set of arms last night who controlled the game just how they needed. Starting pitcher Darin Horn took the mound and allowed only 1 earned run, four hits, and two strikeouts in his four innings of work. While reliever, David Case, let up just one hit and one run over the span of four innings.

Orleans defeats Harwich Mariners 2-1 (Orleans Leads Series 1-0)

Although Game One for the Mariners and the Firebirds was a bit of a slow burn at Eldridge Park, the hill was alive with fans packing seemingly every corner of the field.

For the Harwich Mariners, their starting lineup was stacked with strong names, especially Ali Camarillo. In the top of the sixth Camarillo launched a home run for the Mariners, giving them the first run of the game.

Starting on the mound for the Firebirds and lasting nearly six innings, right handed pitcher Greyson Carter let up only one home run all while striking out eight hitters.

However, the first eight innings of the game had nothing up on the board for the Firebirds. The Mariners entered the ninth inning holding onto a 1-0 lead.

With the bases loaded and two outs for the Firebirds, Justin Rubin stepped into the box and got an infield hit that allowed Orleans to tie the game.

Jack Penney stepped to the plate next, ending the game with a walk-off single to put Orleans ahead of Harwich 1-0 in the best-of-three series.