Bourne Braves Hold Down First Place In The West Division

Bourne Braves third baseman Blake Allemand (Texas A&M) puts the tag on a Cotuit base runner in the June 17 game at Lowell Park.
DON PARKINSON/ENTERPRISE - Bourne Braves third baseman Blake Allemand (Texas A&M) puts the tag on a Cotuit base runner in the June 17 game at Lowell Park.

After the first seven games of the summer Cape Cod Baseball League season, the Bourne Braves are atop the Western Division with a record of 5-2. Wednesday night, June 18,  Bourne beat Cotuit (4-3), who along with the Falmouth Commodores and Hyannis Harbor Hawks are tied for second place.

Bourne 5 - Cotuit 4

The Bourne Braves took advantage of a wild pitch, a walk and a costly throwing error, which they paired with three hits in the bottom of the first inning Wednesday night, scoring four times in a 5-4 win over the Kettleers. Ryan Kellogg (Arizona State) got the start for the Braves and the win in six innings of work. Kellogg scattered seven hits and allowed three runs, only one of which was earned. He struck out seven. Brett Morales (Florida) came on in the seventh allowing a run on two hits and Lucas Laster (Mississippi State) pitched two-thirds of the eighth before turning it over to John Gorman (Boston College) who went an inning and a third to pick up the save.

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Cotuit 7 - Bourne 6

Both teams beat up on the pitching Tuesday night as Cotuit and Bourne combined for 21 hits in a 7-6 victory for the Kettleers. Swinging a big bat for Bourne was Blake Davey (Connecticut), who finished three for four with a walk. He opened the scoring for Bourne with a home run in the top of the second inning. Mark Laird (LSU) went two for five with a run scored.

Opening-day-winner Jimmy Herget (South Florida) got the start for the Braves and went four innings, allowing six runs on eight hits. He surrendered a home run to Cotuit catcher Casey Schroeder in the third inning. Dylan Nelson (Radford) came on in relief in the fifth, gave up a run in relief in an inning and a third of work and was tagged with the loss. Joey Strain (Winthrop) and Brad Raley (Lake Erie) each pitched in relief. The Kettleers used six pitchers with Adam Whitt (Nevada Reno) earning the win.

The Braves stranded a dozen base runners.

Brewster 5 - Bourne 2

The Braves suffered their first loss of the season on Sunday in the first game of a doubleheader in a 5-2 decision to the Brewster Whitecaps. Sam Kmiec (Winthrop) got the start and took the loss in two and two-thirds innings, in which he surrendered five runs on nine hits. Whitecaps starter Andrew Lee (Tennessee) held the Braves to just two hits in picking up the win.

Bourne 4 - Brewster 3

Bourne returned to the win column in the second game with a 4-3 win. Ian Martinez-McGraw (Lipscomb) got the start for the Braves and went two and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on five hits. Jake Long (Clemson) came on in relief and went two and a third innings, without allowing a hit, while striking out four to earn the win. John Gorman (Boston College) pitched two inning in relief, earning the save.

Brewster scored twice in the second inning, but the Braves answered with a run in the third on a Blake Allemand (Texas A&M) single that scored Richard Martin Jr. (Florida). Bourne then sent nine men to the plate in the fourth scoring three more times. Martin led Bourne at the plate going two for three, with two runs scored and an RBI. Gavin Collins (Mississippi) was also two for three, with a run scored.

Bourne 6 - Falmouth 0

The Braves made a quick trip to Sandwich Saturday for a game with the Falmouth Commodores. Andrew Sopko (Gonzaga) held Falmouth to three hits over six innings in picking up the 6-0 win. Sopko struck out six and did not allow a walk. Brett Morales (Florida) turned in two solid innings on the hill in relief, scattering two hits and Strain finished off the ninth.

Brett Sullivan (University of the Pacific) finished the afternoon two for four with three RBI and two runs scored. He had a two-run home run in the fifth. Collins was also two for four with a run scored.

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