The Bourne junior varsity baseball team opened and closed the season with wins, as they finished the spring with a record of 10-11.
The team opened the season on April 2 hosting Martha’s Vineyard and handed the visitors an 18-3 loss.
“Jake Murphy pitched very well for us,” coach KJ Kozens said. “The team as a whole played solid defense and hit the ball well.”
Bourne played its second game of a three-game season opening homestand on April 4, suffering a 20-5 loss to Dighton-Rehoboth.
“We hit well as a team,” Kozens said, “but we struggled in the field and had a hard time making the routine plays.”
The Canalmen returned to the win column on April 5, when they hosted Upper Cape Tech and dealt the Rams a 3-2 defeat.
“Dylan Kehoe pitched very well for us,” the coach said, “and we played good team defense. Cyrus Briand had the game winning hit.”
The team took the road on April 7 posting a 7-5 victory over Seekonk and improving their record to 3-1.
“Steve McCarthy had a very solid start for us on the mound,” coach Kozens said. “Dylan Kehoe and Jake Murphy had big hits in the fourth and sixth innings.”
Back home two days later, the Canalmen pounded Old Colony 18-3.
“Travis Johnston did a great job pitching,” the coach said, “and we got some all around good hitting from the entire team.”
Back on the road on April 11 at Case, the team recorded a 7-3 victory over the Cardinals.
“Jake Murphy pitched a great complete game win for us,” Kozens said. “We had some timely hitting from Phil Malouin, Murphy and McCarthy.”
On April 16, Bourne took on Apponequet and defeated the Lakers 10-4.
“Travis Johnston had a nice game on the mound for us,” the coach said, “and Steve McCarthy had a big seventh inning hit.”
The Canalmen hopped on the ferry on April 18 and headed to Martha’s Vineyard. This time the Vineyarders came out on top as they edged Bourne 5-4. The team’s third loss of the season followed on April 21 as they fell to cross-canal rival Wareham 8-5.
“Walks and errors hurt us,” the coach said. “Jake Murphy had a nice game in the field and at the plate.”
Bourne hosted Fairhaven on April 24, defeating the Blue devils 3-2.
“We had a great complete game pitching performance by Travis Johnston,” Kozens said. “We won it in the bottom of the seventh on a walk-off hit by Phil Malouin that scored Dylan Kehoe.”
The next day the Canalmen fell to Old Rochester 9-4.
“Jake Murphy struggled early, but settled down nicely,” the coach said. “Cyrus Briand had a great day at the plate with a home run and a double.”
The month of April ended for the Canalmen with an 8-2 loss to D-R on the 28th.
“Jake Morris pitched well in relief for us,” Kozens said, “and Murphy and Kehoe each had a nice game at the plate.”
Bourne entered the month of May with a record of 7-5. On the 5th they hosted Case, losing 9-3 to the Cardinals.
Billy Andrade and Adam Boulrisse both had great games offensively and defensively,” the coach said.
On May 7, the team hosted Apponequet, losing 6-4 to even their record at 7-7.
“It was a great team effort,” the coach said, “we just couldn’t get that big hit.”
The Canalmen suffered a tough loss on May 9 in a 15-14 decision to Greater New Bedford Voc Tech.
“It was a great team effort at the plate,” Kozens said, “errors and walks led to the loss.”
Another loss followed on the ninth as BHS fell to Wareham 8-5.
“Errors and walks again hurt our chances of winning,” the coach said. “Steve McCarthy had a great game that day.”
The losing skid reached seven games on May 13 as Bourne dropped a 3-2 decision to Fairhaven.
“We got a great pitching performance from Dylan Kehon,” Kozens said, “and Steve McCarthy had a very good game in the field and at the plate.”
With a record of 7-10, the Canalmen ended their string of seven losses on May 15 with an 11-8 victory over visiting Seekonk.
“We had a great afternoon at the plate by the entire team,” the coach said, “and some very good relief pitching by Steve McCarthy.”
Bourne won again on the 17th as they crossed the rotary and defeated Upper Cape Tech 6-2.
“It was a complete game, 10 strikeout victory for Jake Murphy,” Kozens said. “Cyrus Briand finished with two triples and two RBI.
On May 19, the Canalmen wrapped up their South Coast Conference schedule with a 6-2 loss to Old Rochester.
“McCarthy had a great all-around game for us,” the coach said, “but, poor pitching and defense led to a loss.”
Bourne ended the spring season on May 21 with a 9-6 victory over Old Colony.
Jake Morris had two innings of good relief pitching and Cyrus Briand came on in the seventh and picked up the save. Briand also had a good day at the plate. Jake Murphy had a nice game in his first appearance behind the plate and picked up a couple of hits and Dylan Kehoe played well in his first game at shortstop.
“Everyone added to the team’s success this season, the coach said. “Chris Inzalaco played a solid third base and Jack LaCasse saw action at second and third and had a hot bat in the middle of the season. Adam Comoletti played well in the outfield and bounced back and forth between the JV and varsity teams. When he was with us he did a nice job.
“Nick Silvestris gave us some good late game defense and Liam MacKenzie was solid at second base. Liam started the winning rally in our first Seekonk game leading off the seventh inning with a base hit.
“For Javier Ordoqui it was his first year of baseball. Javier is from Spain and was a great addition to the team. He worked hard and by the end of the year he was playing well. Joey Rogers was our starting center fielder. He was solid defensively and has great speed. Joey was always a threat to steal.
“We had a good season. We had a great bunch of kids that worked hard everyday. They had a never say die attitude and played every game from the first to the last out. I think we had fun and I’ll miss them.”