Here is a quick look at Friday's action..... Cotuit topped Wareham, 4-3, as Brady Rodgers came on in relief of starter Nick Tropeano (Stony Brook) and tossed 3.2 innings of one-hit ball. Rodgers picked up the win in his first appearance since arriving from Arizona State. The Kettleers were greatly aided by the Wareham defense. The Gatemen committed 3 errors which lead to two unearned runs. Wareham starter Jed Bradley (Georgia Tech) was the victim of the sloppy defense. Bradley pitched 7 innings, allowing 5 hits and walking one, while striking out 6. Alex Dickerson continued his torrid pace for Wareham, going 2-4 to maintain his .500 average. Maybe the arrival of Zach Wilson will provide a spark for the Gatemen. Wilson was 3-3 in his 2010 debut. With the win, Cotuit moves to 6-10-1. Wareham has lost 5 in a row and drops to 4-12.
Anthony Ranaudo (LSU) lead Brewster into Doran Park and the Whitecaps defeated Bourne, 2-0. Ranaudo did not disappoint. He pitched 7 innings of 5-hit ball, allowed just one walk, and struckout 5. Austin Wright and Daniel Renken were both appearing in their first game of the summer after recently being activated by Brewster and they completed the shutout. For Bourne, Mike Morin (UNC) started and was the tough-luck loser. Morin was equally as impressive as Ranaudo as he went 6 innings, allowing only one hit, while walking one and striking out 8. The Braves defense let Morin down as errors lead to unearned runs in the second and third innings. Bourne made 4 errors in the game. Ranaudo moves to 2-0 while keeping his 0.00 ERA. Morin falls to 1-1 with a 1.00 ERA. This was the fifth shutout by the Whitecaps staff this summer. Brewster has taken all 3 games from the Braves and the 'Caps share the league's best record with Yarmouth-Dennis at 12-5. Bourne is now 9-8.
Florida State's Jayce Boyd, playing in his first game for Orleans, homered in the top of the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie but Y-D came back with two runs of their own in the home half of the inning and the Red Sox held on for the win. Orleans reliever Burny Mitchem walked two of the three batters he faced before Kenny Long entered the game. Long retired Matt Watson for the second out of the inning but then surrendered a two-run double to Ben McMahan to account for the 3-2 final. It was McMahan's second double in the game. In another notable pitching performance on Friday, Y-D's John Leonard went 7 innings and gave up just one earned run. Leonard is now 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA. The Red Sox have swept all three games from the Firebirds.
Harwich's woes continued as Daniel Burawa's wild pitch in the bottom of the 12th inning allowed Falmouth's Matt Skole to scamper home with the only run of the game. The win, combined with Bourne's loss, allows the Commodores to move into a tie with the Braves for first place in the West. Both teams are 9-8. Harwich lost their sixth one-run game of the season. The Mariners are in last place in the East at 6-11. Falmouth has won all three meetings between the teams.
With all of the solid pitching performances turned in yesterday, the best one may have been in Chatham where Baylor's Logan Verrett threw 7 innings of no-hit ball as the Anglers defeated Hyannis, 5-1. A walk and an error is all that separated Verrett from perfection over his 7 innings. Verrett did not come out for the eighth inning after throwing 88 pitches. Chatham scored three runs in the fifth and Mark Ginther hit his first homerun of the seson an inning later to propel the Anglers. Chris Munnelly gave up a walk and a single to the first two batters in the ninth to give the Harbor Hawks hope but a ground out and two strikeouts squashed the threat. Arizona State's John Ruettiger made his first appearance of the year for Hyannis and went 0-3.
My weekend plans should take me to games in Brewster and Chatham later today and to games at Bourne, Y-D and Orleans on Sunday. I hope to post reports and notes from those games on CodBall. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July weekend everyone!