Hyannis Harbor Hawks

Improvements Planned

The Hyannis Harbor Hawks have received a $700,000 grant to make improvements at Judy Walden Scarafile Field at McKeon Park.

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Pepiot Pitcher of the Week

Ryan Pepiot (Butler) has been nearly unhittable over the past week. And on Tuesday he earned recognition for it. The Cape Cod League announced that Pepiot won Coca-Cola Pitcher of the Week.

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A call from the Cape

"As he waited, Bradley’s thoughts may have drifted to much earlier in the day, which began with a phone call back on the Cape from Tino DiGiovanni, one of his family hosts in 2009 when Bradley played for the Hyannis Mets."

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Journey to the Bigs

Get a small glimpse into what it takes to be part of the Cape Cod Baseball League! Make sure you are watching or set those DVRs, this is something you don't want to miss!

CAPE COD: A JOURNEY TO THE BIGS premieres Tuesday, April 17 on FS1 at 11:00 PM ET.

The special also airs on FOX Sports regional networks on Wednesday, April 18 (check local listings).

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Alumni Devin Smeltzer

“We hear hundreds of stories every year about Major Leaguers visiting children in need. It isn't every day, however, that one of those kids ends up becoming a professional baseball player himself.”

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Playoffs Game 02: Hyannis Falls to Falmouth, Ending the Season

Like he has all season, Dylan Thomas (Hawaii) came out for the ninth inning in a tight situation against Falmouth. The unusual part of this appearance was that Thomas had already pitched three and two thirds of an inning.

Game two of the Western Division Semifinals hung in the balance, tied at two, and Hyannis needed a win to extend their season one more game. Thomas entered the contest in relief with one out in the fifth inning. Skipper Chad Gassman had already been ejected from the game arguing balls and strikes, so Ron Polk wanted to leave nothing to chance. The ninth started with a strikeout, but a hit batsmen and an intentional walk set the stage for Cam Cannon (Arizona).

The third baseman had seven hits in twenty-two at bats against Hyannis on the season series, a .318 average. Hit number eight came on Thomas' first pitch and was the parting shot that scored Maverick Handley (Stanford) from second. A mob of black Commodores jerseys stormed the field when Handley neared home and the Hawks were eliminated 3-2.

A season high four innings for Thomas also yielded eight strikeouts, another best in a single outing. Thomas might not have started the game for Hyannis, but he threw the most innings by far and aspires to be a starter for the Rainbow Warriors this coming season.

"I enjoy starting because you're that guy who dictates the majority of the game," said Thomas in an interview with the Cape Cod Times earlier this season.

Logan Rinehart (California Baptist) took control of the game for the Commodores in the longest outing of his season too. The righty came on after a two-RBI double from Davis Wendzel (Baylor) tied the game up in the top of the fifth.

Rinehart ended the Hawks rally and guided Falmouth through four and two thirds innings of no-hit, shutout baseball. He eventually took the win and handed Thomas a hard-luck loss to end his Cape League summer.

The Commodores win wraps up a 2-0 sweep of the Harbor Hawks in the West Division Semifinals. Falmouth moves on to the Division finals against the Gatemen, while Hyannis ends its season with an eight-win improvement from last summer.

August 7th, 2018
Byline: Chris Lucey
 
Playoffs Game 01: Hyannis starts the 2018 playoffs with a 2-1 loss to Falmouth

Ryan Pepiot (Butler) started the second inning of his second-ever Cape League start with a strikeout, but hit a bump in the road immediately after.

Only one pitch after throwing strike three to the previous hitter, Pepiot missed up and away to Logan Davidson (Clemson). The switch hitter barreled it up and sent it over a leaping Mitch McIntyre (Bringham Young) at the 394 foot-marker in dead center field, lodging it into the other side of the fence.

A fastball that missed by inches, left the yard by less than a foot.

"He (Davidson) was sitting dead-red fastball," said Pepiot. "It wasn't down the middle, but it wasn't off enough."

The blast was the only run the Commodores eventually needed to defeat the Harbor Hawks for the fifth time in seven tries this season. Falmouth tacked on one more in the sixth and took game one of the Western Division Semifinals 2-1. After the consensus top five pick in the 2019 MLB Draft took Pepiot deep, he shook it off almost immediately.

The next two hitters struck out looking and swinging in that order.

"Just go out there and attack the next guy, you can't dwell on it and let the wheels fall off. Just get back up there and throw the next pitch."

In only his second start of the season Pepiot struck out eight in five and a third of an inning pitched. The second earned run on the righty's tab came in on a sacrifice fly that Cam Cannon (Arizona) hit off Brett Schulze (Minnesota), who relieved Pepiot after a season-high 92 pitches.

"He (Pepiot) gave us a great outing," said pitching coach Ray Korn. "He only made one bad pitch… and Davidson's a big-time hitter."

The Commodores only needed two loud swings of the bat to drown out the Harbor Hawks order, which could only muster one run on six hits. Matthew Barefoot (Campbell) notched two and scored the lone Hyannis run.

Moments before first pitch, Barefoot was named the league's most valuable player. The outfielder is the first Hyannis-based player to take the trophy since 1993, when Jason Varitek took the title.

After a summer with Hyannis Varitek led Georgia Tech the 1994 National Title game and was Drafted by Seattle 14th overall. Varitek eventually moved on to the Red Sox, where he made three all-star teams and won two world championships in 15 years.

"He (Varitek) had a really great MLB career," said Barefoot. "To be in the same boat as him is an honor."

Later that night Barefoot set the table for a ninth inning rally. First Baseman Alex Volpi (Holy Cross) was positioned off the line when Barefoot tapped a ball to him. Reliever Nick Micholachak (Sam Houston State) was late off the mound to cover and the Cape's leader in hits (53) had yet another before the righty was even a step away from first.

A two out walk to Pedro Pages (Florida Atlantic) pushed the tying run into scoring position, when Brady Lindsly (Oklahoma) sent hit a hard chopper that bounced off Hayden Cantrelle's chest (Louisiana-Lafayette). A capacity crowd collectively gasped when the ball bounced off his chest and Barefoot rounded third. However, Cantrelle quickly composed himself. He gloved the baseball and zipped it over to first to get Lindsly without a doubt.

"The score is deceiving," said Barefoot. "We hit a bunch of balls hard, they just got caught. We don't need to change anything, we just need to keep hitting the ball hard and hope good things will happen."

Tonight's loss brings Hyannis to the brink of elimination. The Hawks need a win in Falmouth tomorrow to avoid a sweep and force a winner-take-all game three at McKeon Park on Wednesday. Game 2 of the Western Division Semifinals starts tomorrow in Falmouth at 6:00.

August 6th, 2018
Byline: Chris Lucey
 
Game 44: Barefoot takes batting title in 9-1 Hyannis loss to Y-D

Matthew Barefoot (Campbell) stole a brief moment to collect himself before the start of the Harbor Hawks regular season finale against the Red Sox. The 2018 All-Star stood alone on the top step of the third base dugout, watching his teammates field ground balls in a sun-drenched, muggy infield.

They all had a lot riding on this game.

Hyannis needed either a win or a Falmouth loss to secure second place in the Western Division, and by the end of nine innings Barefoot would know whether or not he'd be crowned the Cape League's batting champion. Yarmouth-Dennis infielder Noah Campbell (South Carolina) was in second place by one thousandth of a point and hitting third for the Sox.

By the end of a 9-1 Hawks loss to Y-D, it all came down to things outside of their control.

Falmouth lost a one run game to Cotuit to cede second place to Hyannis, and Campbell went 0-4, sewing up a batting title for Barefoot, the first for a Harbor Hawk since 2010.

"It (the batting title) was on my mind," said Barefoot. "But I knew if I stayed locked in things would work out."

Barefoot's lone hit in four at-bats floated right by Campbell in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Sox second baseman was shaded up the middle when the Hawks outfielder fisted an inside pitch towards the gap.

"I saw him (Campbell) shifting me to the inside, so I wanted to stay inside of the ball. I didn't barrel it up, but it was good enough for a hit, that was all I could ask for.

Campbell sprinted towards the batted ball, but it slipped past into right field before he could make a play. The Gamecock's title bid eventually fell short by fifteen points.

"We knew he (Barefoot) was going to be a great player," said manager Chad Gassman after the game. "I'd had several people tell me 'you've got to get this Barefoot kid'. He was only on a temp contract because he was draft eligible."

By the time Barefoot reached in the sixth, Y-D already had a commanding, five run lead.

After two innings and two earned runs from Jacques Pucheu (Austin Peay) Gassman threw eight different pitchers, seven whom had never pitched for Hyannis. The Hawks skipper wanted to see what his retooled pitching staff could do.

"This was an audition to see what we have for the playoffs. We were trying to win this ballgame, and we had to do it a certain way… There were a couple of innings where it got us."

Two new position players were also late substitutions, and they broke up the Y-D shutout in the ninth. Anthony Pecora (Wagner) walked in his first Cape League at bat since a stint with Hyannis in 2016, and Liam McGill (Columbia) singled him home in his Cape debut.

"Once I got out there, and got the jitters out it's just like riding a bike," said McGill. "I was hunting a fastball… I chased one up (in the zone) and was in compete mode from there."

The Harbor Hawks have Friday off, but take the field again on Saturday against the Commodores. Game one of the West Division Semifinals will be the first playoff game at McKeon Park since 2016.

August 2, 2018
Byline: Chris Lucey
 
Game 43: Hawks Find a Way Past Red Sox: 6-2

An early jam didn't faze Joe Quintal (Fordham) in his first Cape League Start for Hyannis. After the first two Yarmouth-Dennis batters faced each reached base, the righty forced a flyout from Noah Campbell (South Carolina). From there, it was back to business.

Quintal forced a double play ball to end the first without incident and otherwise came up clutch for the Harbor Hawks pitching staff. The righthander tossed 5.2 innings, only allowed two earned runs, and struck out three in a 6-2 Harbor Hawks win. A lengthy outing for a Harbor Hawks pitching staff that's lost several arms this week. In the past six days, ten pitchers have left the team for various reasons.

Roster turnover isn't unusual in the Cape League summer, but that doesn't make it any less stressful for a Hawks coaching staff and front office trying to fill the roster before the playoffs. Still, at least for nine innings today, the pitching staff was the least of manager Chad Gassman's concerns.

"It was incredible what he (Quintal) gave us," Gassman said. "What a big boost to this pitching staff, because we needed every pitch he gave us.

When Quintal had to leave the game after being struck with a line drive, reliver Kyle Kemp (Lipscomb) picked up right where he left off. The righty closed out the inning and pitched two more shutout frames, bridging the gap to Dylan Thomas (Hawaii). The Cape League leader in saves (9) worked a scoreless ninth.

A second year Cape Leaguer, Kemp was unphased by the fact that there wasn't an abundance of reinforcements over the horizon if things got rough.

"I've been here for two summers back to back… I've been through the same thing," Kemp said. "Some crazy things have happened over the past few days, but I don't think it changed my mentality."

The Harbor Hawks bats got them out front early. Seth Gray (Wright State) keyed the Hyannis attack with an RBI double in the first inning, doubling an early lead to 2-0. From there, Eric Rivera (Florida Atlantic) took the reins. The Hyannis outfielder had three hits, including a 2-RBI single in the top of the seventh, extending the lead to four runs.

"I just stayed relaxed and played the same game," said Rivera. "Never get too high, never get too low. (I) Honestly just try to stay in the middle, come out here and play hard."

It's been an up and down season at the plate for the junior. Rivera's batting average lived below .200 until late July. Still, the outfielder said a consistent approach to every at bat has seen him through the peaks and valleys of a summer in the country's most prestigious wood bat league.

"This game is tough, if you just beat yourself down you're not going to get anything out of it."

One game remains for the Harbor Hawks on the Cape League regular season. Hyannis takes on Yarmouth-Dennis on Thursday at 6 PM in McKeon Park.

August 1, 2018
Byline: Chris Lucey
 
Game 42: Harbor Hawks Scratch by the Braves

A night after center fielder Tommy Jew's (UC Santa Barbara) heroics completed a major comeback against Orleans, the clutch gene shifted to his teammate. Third baseman Seth Gray (Wright State) had his only hit of the night in the seventh inning. His double brought in two runs putting Hyannis (23-16-3) up 4-3 for good versus Bourne (17-24-1).

The Braves had control of the game for most of Tuesday night. But Gray's late-inning two-RBI double gave the Hawks their fifth win of the season over Bourne. Of Hyannis' top five hitters in the lineup, Gray was the only one with a hit in the win.

Hyannis manufactured a run in the first inning to take an early lead. Jew reached on a fielder's choice after shortstop Davis Wendzel (Baylor) led off with a walk. Jew later stole second and got to third on a pass ball. Left fielder Matthew Barefoot (Campbell) increased his team-lead in RBIs with his sacrifice fly to bring in Jew.

The lead quickly evaporated in the second. Bourne first baseman Lyle Lin (Arizona State) belted his first home run of the season off of starter Zach Kohn (Central Michigan) to give the Braves a 2-1 lead. Lin added his third RBI of the night with a sac-fly in the fourth.

Kohn rather than Lin controlled the Bourne hitters for most of the night. Going a season-high 5.1 innings, surrendering three runs on four hits and picking up seven strikeouts.

Before Gray's game-winning hit, Hyannis did add another run. Second baseman Taylor Garris (Samford), who had two of the six hits, scored on a sac-fly from Jew to start the three-run frame.

The other two stars of the Hyannis victory were the winning pitcher and the man who collected the save. Casey Queener (Belmont) earned his first win of the summer throwing 1.2 frames of scoreless ball and allowing a single hit. Queener put the Hawks offense in a position to win the game by shutting down the Brave bats.

Riley Self (Mississippi State) picked up his first save of the season. Coming into the eighth inning, the Hawks were in a bases loaded jam with two outs. Self got the one batter he faced to fly out. He returned in the ninth, setting the Braves down in order with two punchouts.

Hyannis plays their last regular season road game on Wednesday, as they visit the league-leading Y.D. Red Sox at 5:00 p.m.

July 31, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 41: Jew’s Triple Completes Comeback Over Orleans

Left fielder Eric Rivera (Florida Atlantic) simply walked home from third. Second baseman Taylor Garris (Samford) had a bit more pace, but even he took his time touching the plate. Center fielder Tommy Jew however, came racing into third with a standup triple, clapping his hands as he just gave the Hawks a two-run lead.

Jew's triple put Hyannis (22-16-3) up 11-9 for good. A game in which the Harbor Hawks trailed or tied with Orleans (13-27-1) for the first eight innings.

For pitchers, Monday at McKeon Park simply was a nightmare. Jew's go-ahead triple was only part of a massive offensive night for both sides. The Firebirds scored five in the first two innings against Houston Roth (Ole Miss). Only three of those early runs were earned.

Right fielder J.J. Bleday (Vanderbilt) added two more runs for Orleans with his two-run home run off of Roth in top of the fourth. Bleday's fifth dinger of the season extended the Firebird lead to 7-3.

First baseman Pedro Pages (Florida Atlantic) helped the Hawks get one back in the bottom half of the fourth. Pages grounded into a fielder's choice to cut the lead to three. He finished the night with three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Hyannis put two more on the board in the fifth to get within one of the Firebirds. Jew singled in right fielder Todd Lott (Louisiana Lafayette), who also had three hits on the night. Designated hitter Trevor Hauver (Arizona State) collected his 11th RBI of the season on a groundout.

Orleans manufactured a run in the sixth, but it'd quickly be erased due to the bat of third baseman Seth Gray (Wright State). Gray knew as soon as he hit it that he had just tied the game with his first homer of the season, with a two-run blast. The Hawks added another run with Garris scoring on a putout later in the frame to take a 9-8 lead.

Ryan Pepiot (Butler) gave Hyannis 2.1 innings of relief allowing one run in the seventh that tied the game back up. Although, it could've been more as a wild pitch got by catcher Brady Lindsly (Oklahoma) a runner headed toward the plate. With good defensive and a bit of luck, Pepiot and Lindsly cut down the run to keep the game tied and end the frame.

Pepiot earned the win as Jew's triple sealed the deal in the eighth.

Hyannis hosts the Braves at 6:00 p.m. from McKeon for their last meeting with Bourne.

July 30, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 40: Hyannis Comeback Not Enough in Wareham

If only the last two innings of a game counted, the Harbor Hawks would have soared to victory on Sunday. But as everyone knows that isn't the case. The Gatemen scored in six of the first seven innings, and Wareham (24-16-1) took a demanding division lead with their 10-6 win over Hyannis (21-16-3).

Wareham third baseman Austin Shenton (Florida International) had a huge night for the Gatemen. He doubled his home run of total with two on Sunday to reach four on the season. His two-run shot in the first got the scoring going. He then clobbered one again in the sixth inning. Shenton also added an RBI single to finish his night with three hits and four runs driven in.

The bottom of the Gatemen lineup also saw the ball well at the plate. Eight and nine hitters, shortstop Ryan Kreidler (UCLA) and left fielder Jakob Goldfarb (Oregon) combined for five hits and five runs scored. Kreidler also hit his third home run of the season. The combo helped Wareham get out to a 10-0 lead.

For as poorly as the offense performed for the first seven innings for Hyannis, it all turned around in the eighth. And the turnaround was powered by first baseman Brady Lindsly (Oklahoma) and right fielder Trevor Hauver (Arizona State), who combined for seven of the Hawks' 11 hits.

The eighth began with a single from Hauver. Catcher Pedro Pages (Florida Atlantic) later walked. Designated hitter Todd Lott (Louisiana Lafayette) singled to bring in Hauver and the first Hawk run. After reaching third on a sacrifice fly, Pages scored on a balk.

Hauver singled following a leadoff walk by center fielder Tommy Jew (UC Santa Barbara) to start the ninth. Jew later advanced to third on a sacrifice fly and scored on a wild pitch. Pages singled to put runners at the corners. Hauver scored for a second time on the night from a wild pitch to bring the game within six.

Pages came around to score on Lott's groundout. Left fielder Eric Rivera (Florida Atlantic) doubled and scored on a single from Lindsly to make it 10-6. But the deficit was simply too much, and the Hawks fell again.

Hyannis will try to end their four-game winless streak when they host the Orleans Firebirds on Monday at 6:00 p.m. from McKeon Park.

July 29, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 39: Anglers Power Past Harbor Hawks

In short way to describe Saturday night, the Anglers already had five runs before the Harbor Hawks had a hit. From the beginning it was all Chatham (20-17-3), as the A's took the season series from Hyannis (21-16-3) with a 9-2 victory.

In the first inning, Chatham struck for three against Hawk starter Keegan James (Mississippi State), all with two outs. Catcher Colin Simpson (Oklahoma State) got the first two runs in with a double that brought in right fielder Blake Sabol (USC) and second baseman Michael Busch (North Carolina). First baseman Tristin English (Georgia Tech) then collect an RBI with a single to score Simpson.

The Anglers added two more runs in the fifth against Wes Engle (Texas State). The kicker to that frame was Chatham did it without a hit. Engle struggled with command, issuing three walks and hitting a batter. A sacrifice fly and a wild pitch plated the runs.

Simpson's night was also far from over. As already up by four, he put the icing on the cake for the A's win. The Cowboy catcher smashed his fourth home run of the summer for a grand slam in the sixth inning putting Chatham up 9-1.

As much as the Harbor Hawks struggled on the mound, the same can be said for their night as the plate. With only three hits on the night, two runs were a massive success for that output. Chatham starter Jack Conlon (Texas A&M) didn't allow a hit in his four innings of work.

The first hit came off of John McMillon (Texas Tech) in the fifth. An infield single from Braden Comeaux (Rice) paired with a throwing error by shortstop Jorge Arenas (Stenson) plated the first Hyannis run. Catcher Brady Lindsly (Oklahoma), who reached earlier on an error came in to score.

Taylor Garris (Samford) entered the game for Comeaux later on, he led off the seventh inning being hit by a pitch. He'd later score on another Chatham error, thus resulting in both runs on the night being unearned.

Hyannis will travel one last time to Spillane Field in Wareham for their final meeting with the Gatemen on Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

July 28, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 38: Hawks, Caps Tie Due to Darkness

The Harbor Hawks held on to three different leads on Friday. They did not hold on to any of them, as the Whitecaps continued to battle back each time. After nine innings at a lightless Stony Brook Field, Hyannis (21-14-3) and Brewster (11-24-4) came to a 4-4 tie.

The Hawks jumped out on top in the second inning with the bottom of the ordering producing the game's first run. Center fielder Tommy Jew (UC Santa Barbara) singled to center after the first two Hawks of the frame were set down quickly. He then stole his seventh bag of the season to put himself in scoring position.

Right fielder Trevor Hauver (Arizona State) collected his 10th RBI of the season with a single up the middle to bring in Jew. Recently in the past week, Hauver found himself amidst a slump, at one being 0-for-11, but recently he's got back to swinging a good bat at the plate.

"Whenever I get into the box I've just been feeling it a little bit more. When I take batting practice I try to drive the ball through the gaps and opposite field," Hauver said. "I go early and hit in the cage, doing the little things to get myself back."

Brewster broke through against Hyannis starter Nick MacDonald (Florida International) in the third inning. MacDonald set down the first two batters with ease. But left fielder Dominic Canzone (Ohio State) roped a ground-rule double. MacDonald walked a pair to load the bases.

First baseman Jesse Franklin (Michigan) took advantage of the opportunity with a single over second base. Canzone and center fielder Hunter Bishop (Arizona State) reached home to give the Whitecaps a one-run lead.

The lead lasted till the sixth inning. Jew stepped up the plate against Brayden Weyer (Seattle) and he got all of it. The Gaucho outfielder knew it as he hit it, the ball sailed over the center field fence for a two-run shot.

Jew's home run gave the Hawks the lead, however it didn't last long. Two singles in the bottom half of the inning led to MacDonald's exit. Parker Towns (Dallas Baptist) relived him, but didn't stop Brewster from tying the game. Towns allowed two more hits, one to designated hitter Brandon Wulff (Stanford), whose RBI tied the game at three.

Left fielder Matthew Barefoot (Campbell) again gave Hyannis a lead in the seventh. His ninth double of the season hit up against the left field fence bringing in second baseman Braden Comeaux (Rice) from first base.

Ryan Pepiot (Butler) attempted to preserve the lead Barefoot gave him. Whitecap shortstop Ike Freeman (North Carolina) had other plans, taking the first pitch from Pepiot over the fence and ending the Hyannis lead.

Neither team found anything offensive before darkness rolled in. The Harbor Hawks will try to get back in the win column on Saturday when they host the Chatham Anglers at 6:00 p.m. from McKeon Park.

July 27, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 37: Braves Beat the Hawks in an 11-Inning Pitching Duel

A night after winning a game that scored 16 total runs, the Harbor Hawks found themselves in the opposite scenario on Wednesday. Neither team scored runs with ease. Defense showcased around the field. And each team struck out nine times. But in the end, Bourne (16-20-1) found a gap to walk it off in the eleventh inning against Hyannis (21-14-2) 2-1.

Braves' first baseman Spencer Brickhouse (East Carolina) led off the frame with a double, later advancing to third on a groundout. With the winning run 90 feet away, right fielder Jake Garella (St. Louis) stepped up to the plate. Garella dropped one into the right field gap and his Brave teammates swarmed him around first base for their first victory over Hyannis this season.

Jeremy Randolph (Wright State) and Zach Kohn (Central Michigan) pitched a fantastic outing for the Harbor Hawks in the defeat. Randolph got the start, going just three scoreless innings. Of his nine outs he recorded, five came from strikeouts. That's no surprise, as Randolph came into Wednesday second in the league in punchouts. Randolph talked about his out-pitch that has worked for him this season.

"My slider," he said. "Working with my fastball and pairing those together. Working on tunneling. Working with coach [Ray] Korn has helped a lot. He's really smart, has really great ideas and he just helps you with mechanics."

Kohn followed with 4.1 solid frames of work himself. Not getting strikeouts, but more relying on his defense. Second baseman Braden Comeaux (Rice) and shortstop Davis Wendzel (Baylor) turned multiple double plays. Center fielder Tommy Jew (UC Santa Barbara) and right fielder Todd Lott (Louisiana Lafayette) both made diving grabs.

However, the Braves did get to Kohn in the seventh. Garella found that same gap that won the game, for a long double that got to the fence. Center fielder Ashton Bardzell (Hartford) scored all the way from first for the tying run.

Defense also kept the game going in the ninth. Jew topped his catch from earlier by laying everything on the line for a ball that looked to win it for Bourne. But, Jew's heroic effort kept the runners at second and third to send the outing to extras.

The Harbor Hawks plated their one run from their offensive star in designated hitter Matthew Barefoot (Campbell). Comeaux reached on a fielder's choice and stole second. Include an error on the throw brought him to third. Barefoot singled to center to give the Harbor Hawks the lead in the third. Unfortunately, they could not hold on in the long run.

Hyannis looks to bounce back on Thursday as they will play the Orleans Firebirds one last time in 2018 at McKeon Park at 6:00 p.m.

July 25, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 36: Hawks Outlast Commodores in Offensive Slugfest

Tuesday night's matchup between Hyannis (21-13-2) and Falmouth (19-16-1) didn't lack any offense. Each team had over 10 hits. The Commodores scored in four consecutive innings, and the Harbor Hawks had two different four-run frames. In the end, the Hawks hang on for a 9-7 win.

With 17 of the 18 starters in the lineup getting hits, it wound up being a tough night for pitchers. Both starters, Houston Roth (Ole Miss) and Scott Politz (Yale) found out early that the night was going to be an uphill struggle.

Falmouth struck for two runs in the top half of the first with a bases load walk and an RBI single from third baseman Cameron Cannon (Arizona). Hyannis finished the bottom half with one of their four-spot of the night. First baseman Pedro Pages (Florida Atlantic) cut the lead in half with single to drive in center fielder Tommy Jew (UC Santa Barbara).

Designated hitter Todd Lott (Louisiana Lafayette) then stepped up to the plate with two runners aboard. Lott blasted an absolute no doubter for his sixth home run of the season, to put the Harbor Hawks up 4-2.

The Commodores scored a run in each of the next three innings. Center fielder Austin Langworthy (Florida) hit a solo home run, catcher Herbert Iser (Dallas Baptist) hit a sacrifice fly and Hayden Cantrelle (Louisiana Lafayette) scored on a passed ball after tripling.

Hyannis took the lead back in the fifth with another four-run frame. Lott collected another RBI with a fielder's choice with the bases loaded. Right fielder Trevor Hauver (Arizona State) followed by hooking one inside the left field line for an RBI double. Second baseman Braden Comeaux (Rice) topped it all off by driving Lott and Hauver in with a single.

The Hawks added another run in the sixth. While the Commodores went scoreless for four straight innings before putting on a rally in the ninth. Falmouth scored two runs against Dylan Thomas (Hawaii), but he was able to close the door to seal the victory.

Despite all of the offense one guy on the mound did standout. Brett Schulze (Minnesota) allowed the triple to Cantrelle and credited with that run. Although, after that he was nearly perfect. Going a season-high four innings in relief, Schulze earned the win by allowing one hit after the triple and striking out four Commodores.

With Schulze being able to stop the bleeding the Hawks are one step closer to clinching a playoff spot. With a win on Wednesday when they travel to Bourne, Hyannis will lock up the first postseason spot in the West Division. They'll face the Braves at 6:00 p.m. from Doran Park.

July 24, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 35: Early Walks, Errors Disrupt Hawks Chance of Win Versus the Commodores

Mike Mokma (Michigan State) made his first start since June 20th on Monday against the Commodores. It looked possible he'd be his best start of the season breezing through an easy first inning. That outcome started to crumble apart in the second inning.

Mokma struck out the Dores' designated hitter Kyle Stowers (Stanford) as he swung at a pitch in the dirt. Catcher Kyle Wilkie (Clemson) took his time to throw to first baseman Pedro Pages (Florida Atlantic), but the toss pulled Pages off the bag and Stowers reached first.

Shortstop Logan Davidson (Clemson) followed Stowers with a single into right field, Stowers headed toward third testing the arm of right fielder Eric Rivera (Florida Atlantic). The aggression payed off, Rivera airmailed the throw allowing Stowers to score.

Watching his defense struggle behind him, Mokma started to lose control. He walked the next two batters to fill the bases with Commodores. Second baseman Hayden Cantrelle (Louisiana Lafayette) cleared them with a three-run triple. Hyannis (20-13-2) never overcame their mistakes in the four-run second and Falmouth (19-15-1) won their third straight game against the Hawks 7-2.

Cantrelle has been an issue for the Hawks all season. In his four games against Hyannis, he has an average of .333 with seven RBIs. Stowers, who homered later in the game, also has been an issue, batting .455.

Wes Engle (Texas State) replaced Mokma to start the fourth. The Bobcat left-hander did what he has done all season, which is give the Hawks solid outings. Over his three innings of work, Engle allowed two baserunners, one from a walk and the other batter he hit. He overcame that to put up three zeros on the scoreboard.

Engle's ERA now sits at 1.76. In his 10 appearances this season, only twice have teams earned runs against him. Engle also has allowed just one hit in his past 9.1 innings.

The two Harbor Hawk runs crossed the plate in the third. Trying to get back into the game after the four-run inning from Falmouth. Shortstop Davis Wendzel (Baylor) launched a solo shot for his third home run of the season to lead things off. Center fielder Tommy Jew (UC Santa Barbara) and designated hitter Matthew Barefoot (Campbell) hit back-to-back singles. Jew scored on an RBI groundout from third baseman Braden Comeaux (Rice).

Hyannis will face the Commodores one last time this season on Tuesday from McKeon Park at 6:00 p.m.

July 23, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 34: Hyannis Slows Down After Quick Start in Loss to Falmouth

The Harbor Hawks came out of the gate firing on all cylinders. Each of the first four batters reached base and two runs scored before the Commodores' starter Tyler Dyson (Florida) recorded an out. That'd be the last of any big inning for Hyannis (20-12-2). The Hawks couldn't produce enough offense after that and Falmouth (18-15-1) took the win 5-3.

Left fielder Matthew Barefoot (Campbell) and third baseman Seth Gray (Wright State) drove in the pair of first inning runs with RBI singles. Dyson, one of the league's most touted prospects, found a groove after a rough start.

The Gator right-hander retired the next three batters he faced in the first to stop the bleeding. He surrendered only one hit the rest of the way, including setting down 15 of the 18 Harbor Hawk batters he faced. Dyson finished the day with five strikeouts over five innings and allowing the two runs on four hits.

A possible eighth inning rally seemed to be in the works for Hyannis. Gray walked to open up the frame before three consecutive hits followed, one that belonged to catcher Kyle Wilkie (Clemson) to drive home Gray. Nick Mikolajchak (Sam Houston State) got out of the jam by getting second baseman Braden Comeaux (Rice) and shortstop Davis Wendzel (Baylor) to strikeout.

Any hope of a late-inning comeback was left there with the bases loaded and Hyannis never got any closer to tying the game. The three Hawks stranded on base were part of the 10 runners left on base.

The backend of the bullpen put up zeros for Hyannis in the losing effort. Jacques Pucheu (Austin Peay State) made his Harbor Hawk debut by tossing 1.1 scoreless innings, allowing one baserunner via a walk. Kyle Kemp (Lipscomb) followed with a perfect eighth inning.

The Commodore runs were produced against starter Jeremy Randolph (Wright State) and Riley Self (Mississippi State). Randolph was effective in his four innings, Falmouth manufactured the runs against him. Self's stretch of having a perfect ERA came to an end as he conceded three runs in the losing decision.

Most of the Harbor Hawks will enjoy an off-day on Sunday. However, for Barefoot, Comeaux Todd Lott (Louisiana-Lafayette), Pedro Pages (Florida Atlantic) and Dylan Thomas (Hawaii) will participate in the league's All-Star game at Whitehouse Field in Harwich.

July 21, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 33: Harbor Hawk Pitching Dominates Firebirds

Looking at the box score, people may raise an eyebrow to who and when the three Harbor Hawk pitchers pitched on Friday. Keegan James (Mississippi State), Nick MacDonald (Florida International) and Brett Schulze (Minnesota) outside of one mistake combined to control the Orleans (12-21-1) bats, as Hyannis (20-11-2) won 4-1.

James made his first start of the summer season, which he hasn't done since his freshman year at Starkville. The Bulldog right-hander only strikeout two Firebird hitters over his four innings, but that isn't his game. James instead created outs by getting easy groundballs and lazy flyballs to his teammates behind him.

Orleans' only run came from a leadoff home run off of James in the fourth inning. Designated hitter Nicholas Osborne (Tennessee Tech) stung one over the left field fence. Osborne's solo shot was the only blemish on James' solid outing.

Another first of the season happened as well in the win, with MacDonald coming in from the bullpen. After a rough start on Tuesday against Bourne, he went just two innings against the Braves. With the Hawks in need of long relief to give the bullpen a bit of a break, MacDonald was called upon.

He delivered for Hyannis, giving the Harbor Hawks four shutout innings. MacDonald gave up two hits and one walk, which he'd get out later by picking him off of first. The Panthers right-hander also punched out five Firebird batters.

Schulze earned his third save of the season by throwing a scoreless ninth. Osbourne singled to start the inning, but Schulze retired the next three Firebirds via a lineout and two fly outs to center fielder Tommy Jew (UC Santa Barbara).

Jew also had a great night at the plate. The speedy California-native went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly paired with a double and an infield single.

"I'm just trying to go 1-for-1 every at-bat," Jew said. "Whenever they [the team] I'll do it. That last one on the sacrifice fly, I was looking for something I could get into the air. Before that I was just trying to get on for the guys behind me to hit me in."

Jew's RBI was one of the insurance runs added in the eighth inning to give Schulze more breathing room. First baseman Pedro Pages (Florida Atlantic) singled in another run.

The other two runs earlier in the game came from designated hitter Matthew Barefoot's (Campbell) sacrifice fly and third baseman Seth Gray's (Wright State) single. Unfortunately, Barefoot saw his historic 22-game hit streak come to an end.

Hyannis will be on the road on Saturday traveling to Falmouth for a 6:00 p.m. matchup with the Commodores.

July 20, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 32: Harbor Hawks Struggle on All Ends Against the Kettleers

Winning isn't easy. It's even harder when every facet of the game is doing poorly. That explained the Harbor Hawks on Thursday. Nothing performed well in Hyannis's (19-11-2) 7-2 loss to Cotuit (14-15-3). The defeat stung even harder as the Kettleers took home this season's Patriot Cup.

Hyannis had eight hits compared to Cotuit's seven, but with the help of five walks, the Kettleers managed to put together the runs. Hawks' starter Zach Kohn (Central Michigan) started to lose a bit of his control in the second inning.

After getting the first batter to fly out, Kohn walked the next three batters to load the bases. Cotuit catcher Garrett Wolforth (Dallas Baptist) and right fielder Jonathan Robertson (Creighton) cashed in driving in four runs after the walks. Only three were earned though as an error by right fielder Trevor Hauver (Arizona State) helped score the other.

Kohn hit a batter and walked another to start the fifth inning before being pulled for Mike Mokma (Michigan State). Mokma didn't get off to a hot start as a pair of singles and error committed by himself brought in three more runs. Mokma did settle down, throwing scoreless seventh and eighth innings.

The offensive besides left fielder Matthew Barefoot (Campbell) couldn't find the clutch hit in the loss. 12 Hyannis runners were left stranded on base. Barefoot extended his 22-game hit streak by going 3-for-3 with a walk. He also drove in both runs with a double in the fifth inning to bring in third baseman Davis Wendzel (Baylor) and walked with the bases loaded in the seventh.

It looked as if the Harbor Hawks might have had a rally going in the seventh after Barefoot's walk. Cotuit's Ryan Lefner (St. Louis) however, wiggled out of the jam by striking out first baseman Seth Gray (Wright State) on three pitches and getting designated hitter Todd Lott (Louisiana-Lafayette) to ground into a fielder's choice to head back into the dugout.

Another positive from the outing was second baseman Taylor Garris (Samford) finding another hit. Garris has had his struggles this season, but has found a hit in three of the last four games after being hitless in his previous four games before that.

"The pitching is really good up here, so I'm just trying to stay short. Try to stay up the middle the best I can," Garris said.

He continued how his teammates have kept him positive in the struggles before the last handful of games.

"We got a bunch of great guys on our team, they keep the game light. And we came day-in and day-out to just have fun," he said.

Garris and the Hawks will host the Orleans Firebirds on Friday at 6:00 p.m. at McKeon Park.

July 19, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 31: Harbor Hawks Run Over Anglers Behind Rivera’s Performance

The Harbor Hawks put together 12 hits in their 12-5 victory over the Anglers. And a large part of the offensive outburst came from Wednesday's star in right fielder Eric Rivera (Florida Atlantic). Chatham (15-15-2) couldn't do anything to retire the Hyannis (19-10-2) outfielder as he went a perfect 5-for-5.

Rivera had a large part in Hyannis' eight-run second inning. With most of the order getting two at-bats in the game's most influence inning, Rivera singled twice. One of the base hits brought in a run.

The Owl right fielder also hit his first home run of the season in the fifth inning. The long ball paired with four singles, three RBIs and two runs scored showcased a phenomenal individual performance.

"Just staying committed to the game, I've been struggling a little bit. I go up there, trust my hands and try to hit the ball hard somewhere," Rivera said about the all-around effort before talking about the home run. "It felt amazing, like I said I've been struggling this whole Cape League. I went out there today, flushed it all and tried to hit the ball hard."

Eight runs in an inning doesn't just come from one player. The Hawks took advantage of a struggling Chatham starter in John McMillion (Texas Tech), who walked three batters and hit another in the second. Add on five Hyannis hits and an error on a fielder's choice produced eight runs.

The large amount of run support was much appreciated by Hyannis starter Houston Roth (Ole Miss). Roth, generally a pitcher that relies on getting outs from weak contact moved away from that in the win. Punching out Angler batters left-and-right, Roth began piling up the strikeouts finishing with eight over 4.2 innings.

Chatham finally broke through against Roth for four runs (three earned) in the fifth after his tossed four scoreless innings. All-Star Adam Elliot (Louisville) ended the Anglers rally and continued his spectacular season. Elliot gave Hyannis 2.1 innings, allowing one unearned run on one hit.

Parker Towns (Dallas Baptist) threw the final two innings. He shut out Chatham surrendering three hits to seal the victory.

Hyannis now finds themselves atop the West Division standings, three points in front of the Wareham Gatemen. The Hawks will attempt to extend their four-game winning streak on Thursday when they visit the Cotuit Kettleers at 5:00 p.m.

July 18, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 30: Wendzel’s Big Night Sparks Hawks’ Offense in Win

Infielder Davis Wendzel came into Tuesday's game struggling. Over the past three games, he'd gone 1-for-14 at the plate. The slump ended quickly as he doubled to lead off the first inning, that was the first of four hits on the night. Hyannis (17-10-2) used Wendzel's performance to beat Bourne (13-16-1) 8-4.

Wendzel ended the night a home run short of the cycle. His second inning triple drove in two runs and he later scored on a single from shortstop Will Holland (Auburn) as part of a four-run inning. Four hits, two RBIs and two runs scored is one way to breakout after scuffling for a few games.

The Baylor Bear earned a day off for the first time this season a few days before. A day that he says helped him in the box on Tuesday.

"I got a mental break really, my body is feeling fine and I play every day. It was just a mental break to relax and watch my other teammates have fun," Wendzel said before talking about the key to beating the Braves for a fourth time. "They all got good arms, we just get ahead early and we have some good bullpen arms that can really shut them down. It's real tough to comeback in this league."

Holland also had a very nice night offensively. The Tiger shortstop extended his hit streak to seven with a three-hit game. His triple in the eighth drove in Wendzel for a second time in the win. Left fielder Matthew Barefoot (Campbell) also produced a pair of RBIs. A single and a sacrifice-fly added to his team-leading 18 RBIs this season.

After the Braves struck for three runs in the third, ending starter Nick MacDonald's (Florida International) night. The Harbor Hawks called upon their two Bulldogs to carry the load from the mound.

Riley Self (Mississippi State) entered the game first, striking out three batters in the third to get out of the jam. He obtained his second win of the season with his outing. Self finished the night going a season-high four innings, surrendering a single hit and fanning five Brave batters.

Self's college teammate Keegan James (Mississippi State) picked up the save. James, who pitches more to contact conceded a run on two hits over three innings. But the score never got stressful as the insurance runs came in the eighth.

The Chatham Anglers will come to McKeon Park on Wednesday for the first time this season for a 6:00 p.m. game. The Harbor Hawks will also attempt to finish the protested game with the Wareham Gatemen from a few weeks ago at 12:00 p.m.

July 17, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 29: Hyannis Holds Off Bourne’s Comeback

The Harbor Hawks got out to a quick four-run lead after five innings on Sunday at Doran Park. But they saw it being to dwindle down after a few rallies from the Braves.

A valiant performance from the league leader in saves, Dylan Thomas (Hawaii), stopped Bourne (13-15-1) from any further damage late in the game to seal a 4-3 victory for Hyannis (16-10-2).

The Braves scored two runs in the seventh off of Ryan Pepiot (Butler), bringing the game within one. The Hawks then called upon Thomas to get them out of the inning. He did that and more. The Hyannis closer went a season-high 2.1 innings, and the Braves only produced two hits against him.

Thomas, one of the six Hawks selected to the league's All-Star Game at Whitehouse Field, picked up his seventh save of the summer to extend his league lead. The California-native right-hander struck out three more batters to add to his season total of 21.

At the plate, unexpected bats got the scoring going for the Harbor Hawks. Second baseman Taylor Garris (Samford) and Brady Lindsly (Oklahoma) have been scuffling of late to get hits. Both did so in the third, as Garris led off with a single. He'd score all the way from first after Lindsly found a gap for an RBI double.

Right fielder Trevor Hauver (Arizona State) continued to be productive in his spot starts. The rising sophomore from Tempe, fought off an inside pitch enough to get it to fall and drive two more runs in during the fourth.

Hauver is one of the youngest on the team, but despite his age has been one of the more consistent players to step in the box for Hyannis.

"I've just been working on the off-days and the days I don't play. I go hit off the tee, go to the gym, just staying strong," Hauver said. "I've been really working on my hands, just trying to get them back and stay through swing path. I'm trying to be the best player I can be. I'm learning a lot up here from the players and hopefully I have another year up here next year. I'm excited."

The run that wound up being the game-winning was created by left fielder Matthew Barefoot (Campbell). The All-Star outfielder doubled in the fifth and was advanced to third on a groundball from first baseman Seth Gray (Wright State). Barefoot later scored on a wild pitch for the fourth and final Hawk run.

Hyannis won't have a game on Monday, but will be doing baseball activities during their workout at Fenway Park with all the other teams in the league. They'll return to game action on Tuesday when they host Bourne at 6:00 p.m. at McKeon Park.

July 15, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 28: Kettleers Offense Too Much for the Hawks

It only took one pitch on Saturday for the Harbor Hawks to start trailing the Kettleers. Designated hitter Zach Biermann (Coastal Carolina) sent the first ball off of Hawks' starter Gavin Hollowell (St. Johns) over the right field fence for a leadoff home run. The Cotuit (13-13-2) bats were just getting started as they stayed hot for the rest of the night in their 9-5 win over Hyannis (15-10-2).

Hollowell surrendered another long ball early on to left fielder Jonathan Robertson (Creighton), adding to the three-run first inning. The Kettleers scored two more runs in the next two frames, sending Hollowell for a quick exit.

Cotuit added one more run in the fifth before another three-run inning in the eighth. A pair of doubles from third baseman Ryan Reynolds (Texas) and second baseman Cory Wood (Coastal Carolina) put the game out of the reach for the Hawks.

Hyannis out hit Cotuit, but left too many runners on to earn a win. By the end of the night, a total of 12 Harbor Hawks were left stranded. The bottom half of the Hawks' lineup also struggled in the loss. Hitters six through nine in the lineup went a combined 1-for-17 against Cotuit.

The positives of the night came from a powerful performance from the meat of the order. Left fielder Matthew Barefoot (Campbell), shortstop Will Holland (Auburn), third baseman Seth Gray (Wright State), first baseman Pedro Pages (Florida Atlantic) and right fielder Trevor Hauver (Arizona State) produced the offense with a combined 10 hits and five runs scored.

Barefoot continued his spectacular season with two extra base hits. His double in the first started a three-run rally, that looked like it'd get the Hawks back in the game. But Hyannis couldn't keep up with the Kettleers. Barefoot also extended his 17-game hitting streak.

"I'm just trying to lock in to hitting pitches I can handle and find a barrel. If I don't find a barrel, hit a groundball run a 90 [feet] as fast as I can," Barefoot said. "I didn't have any goals coming into the season, just staying consistent as possible."

Pages hit his second home run in as many days. The Owl infielder blasted a two-run shot in the bottom half of the eighth for his third home run of the season. Hauver also continues to produce in his limited action. The Sun Devil had his fifth multi-hit game of the season on Saturday.

The Harbor Hawks will hit the road on Sunday, traveling back to Doran Park in Bourne to face the Braves at 6:00 p.m. Hyannis just took a victory over the Braves on Friday 5-2.

July 14, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 27: Long Ball Key in Hawks’ Win Against the Braves

Doran Park isn't generally a place where you see a ton of home runs. Although, first baseman Pedro Pages (Florida Atlantic) and center fielder Tommy Jew (UC Santa Barbara) proved if you get enough of it, the ball can fly out of the home of the Braves. Pages and Jew's home runs helped catapult Hyannis (15-9-2) to a 5-2 over Bourne (13-13-1).

Already up 1-0 in the fourth inning, Pages's second home run of the season couldn't be more different than his first. The Owl first baseman crushed an absolute no-doubter to left field and filling Doran with a thundering crack of the bat. Pages trotted around the bases to come home to left fielder Matthew Barefoot (Campbell) welcoming home on the two-run blast.

Jew, who has been visibly frustrated at the plate finally put one over the fences. After squaring up a ball to deep center for a fly out, there was no catch at any Braves player catching his two-run bomb in the seventh. The center fielder generally shows his offensive skills with his speed, but on Friday showed he could deliver power as well.

"As they say, 'trust the process.' I've been working on stuff in batting practice," Jew said. "It's not always going to come right away. Sometimes you just need some at-bats, being my third week here I'm starting to get more comfortable. I'm going to keep working on it. Not being comfortable with where I'm at and trying to strive to be better than I was before."

Barefoot also extended his now 16-game hitting streak in the victory. His single in the first inning plated designated hitter Will Holland (Auburn). Barefoot continued his stretch of reaching base in every game so far this season.

Pitcher Zach Kohn (Central Michigan) benefitted from the run-support. Kohn, making his first start for the Harbor Hawks pitched with a ton of confidence after being given an early lead. The Chippewa's right-hander began the game with four shutout innings. The Braves finally got to him in the fifth for two runs. But five innings allowing two runs and striking out five earned him the win.

Kohn can also thank the bullpen behind him for allowing him to get the win. The most productive unit for the Harbor Hawks shined once again in Bourne. Riley Self (Mississippi State) still has not conceded a run in his Hyannis tenure, throwing two scoreless frames.

Adam Elliot (Louisville) followed his suit of the zero on the scoreboard before handing the ball to Dylan Thomas (Hawaii) for his sixth save.

The Harbor Hawks have another matchup with the Cotuit Kettleers on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. from McKeon Park.

July 13, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 26: Harbor Hawks Come up Short in Walk-Off Loss

Many times this season, the Harbor Hawks have kept deficits in check before running off a late-inning rally. On Thursday in Falmouth, they did it once again but this time the result didn't go their way.

After being shutout for the first eight innings, Hyannis (14-9-2) scored three in the top of the ninth to keep the game alive. Only for Falmouth's (13-13-1) catcher Maverick Handley (Stanford) to double deep of the left field wall to bring in the game-winning run of shortstop Logan Davidson (Clemson) from first base for a 4-3 walk-off win.

The highlight of Hyannis' three-run rally came from two-way player Adam Elliot (Louisville), who pinch-hit with the tying run on second base. Elliot golfed a ball the opposite way to left-center for a double and brining in shortstop Will Holland (Auburn). For a pitcher with an 0.87 ERA, it was a great time for his second hit of the season.

"Coach [Gassman] told me before the inning I was probably going to pinch-hit. I didn't really know when I was going to go up," Elliot said. "I went up there just looking for a fastball. I've been missing a lot of balls up in the zone, I was going to look for a ball down in the zone. Threw me a fastball in the lower-part of the zone and I just took a good swing on it."

Holland doubled himself earlier in the inning. That brought home first baseman Pedro Pages (Florida Atlantic) for the first run of the game. The double from Holland also moved right fielder Trevor Hauver (Arizona State) to third. Hauver scored on a sacrifice-fly from center fielder Eric Rivera (Florida Atlantic).

The Hyannis' bats scored all three runs off of Commodore pitcher Jack Little (Stanford). Before that, the Harbor Hawks struggled mightily with Falmouth's starter Mitchell Stone (Oklahoma State), relievers Ian Koch (Western Illinois) and Carson Spiers (Clemson). The trio over the eight-shutout innings allowed four hits and struck out six Hyannis batters.

In the close game, Falmouth's offense much better. The Commodores had two more hits than the Harbor Hawks, but the difference was being able to find the clutch hit in early-innings of the game.

Hyannis starter Houston Roth (Ole Miss) surrendered two runs in his four innings of work. The damage came in the second and fourth inning. The Commodores put together five hits to scrap by the two runs against Roth.

The third run was allowed by Keegan James (Mississippi State) in the fifth. A single from Davis Sims (Murray State) extended the lead to three. Sims' RBI came with two outs, as was the run scored in the fourth.

The ball didn't roll the way for the Harbor Hawks. But in baseball each day is a new game. Hyannis will travel to Bourne for a 6:00 p.m. matchup with the Braves on Friday.

July 12, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 25: MacDonald Shuts Down the Kettleers

The Kettleers found a hit in each of the first four innings against Harbor Hawks starting pitcher Nick MacDonald (Florida International). The Miami-native however, never faced real trouble on Wednesday.

Only two of the five Kettleers baserunners he allowed got to second. And that'd be the furthest anyone went, as MacDonald stranded them both times. With a season-high in strikeouts with seven, the Panthers' pitcher threw five shutout innings for the Harbor Hawks.

"I was trying to work backwards today. A lot of lefties in the lineup. I was working mostly slider, change-up, everything I can to get them off-balanced," MacDonald said.

With the help of MacDonald and a three-run seventh inning, Hyannis (15-8-2) beat Cotuit (12-12-1) 5-2 to extend their winning streak to three.

MacDonald did not earn the win after his well-deserved performance, but he has certainly found a comfort level after a shaky opening night. In his last three starts, MacDonald has pitched 15 innings, allowing just three earned runs and picking up 17 punch outs. A large part of that new-found comfort has been the connection with catcher Kyle Wilkie (Clemson).

"Over the weeks it's getting a little bit better," MacDonald said. "I haven't thrown to anyone expect Wilkie, me and him every game it's getting a bit better and it showed tonight. [Trust] is probably the biggest thing when it comes to pitching and catching."

MacDonald left with a chance to earn the victory after the Harbor Hawks manufactured runs in the third and the fourth. Center fielder Tommy Jew's (UC Santa Barbara) legs and a few Cotuit miscues help bring in the runs. Jew hit an infield single in the third, stole a base and later scored on a wild pitch. Designated hitter Todd Lott (Louisiana-Lafayette) scored on a throwing error in the fourth.

The two-run lead was quickly erased in the sixth inning. Kettleer designated hitter Thomas Dillard (Ole Miss) hit his third home run of the season, with all three coming against Hyannis. The two-run shot that reached just over the glove of right fielder Trevor Hauver (Arizona State) handed MacDonald a no-decision.

But, the team earned the victory with the rally started in the seventh. Wilkie and Jew began things with back-to-back singles. Later scoring on RBI singles from third baseman Davis Wendzel (Baylor) and left fielder Matthew Barefoot (Campbell). First baseman Pedro Pages (Florida Altantic) drove in Wendzel to complete the three-run frame.

Dylan Thomas (Hawaii) earned his fifth save of the season bringing him to a tie atop the league leaders in the category. Riley Self (Mississippi State) and Ryan Pepiot (Butler) combined for 2.1 scoreless innings with four strikeouts to help get to Thomas.

Hyannis will travel to Falmouth for the first time this season after multiple rain-outs have stopped the chance at a road meeting with the Commodores. The Harbor Hawks will look for four straight at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday from Guv Fuller Field.

July 11, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 24: Randolph and the Bullpen Guide Hyannis in Road Victory

For the last six innings of the game at Whitehouse Field on Monday, the score was either tied or within one run. And for a pitcher that meant any mistake could change the final outcome. Luckily for Hyannis (14-8-2), their staff made one less mistake than Harwich (11-13-1). The Harbor Hawks pitched well enough to earn themselves a 4-3 win over the Mariners.

The Mariners struck early, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first. Making it look like it could be a long day for Hyannis starter Jeremy Randolph (Wright State), but it was just the opposite. Randolph found a groove after the first, as those two runs would be the only credited to him.

Randolph final line had him going 4.2 innings, conceding fives hit and three runs (two earned). The right-hander also had the Mariners' number when he came to punchouts, with nine of his 14 recorded outs coming via the K. In his three of his five appearances this season for the Harbor Hawks, Randolph has recorded seven or more strikeouts.

"Just executing pitches, it's the whole premise of pitching is. Doing it one time, and again, and setting up one pitch. Working one thing, that applies to the next pitch and the next pitch," Randolph said. "You don't really change anything because of the results, you just keep with the process. And focus on each pitch and try to execute to the best of your ability."

The bullpen followed a fantastic effort from Randolph, with an even better performance. The last 13 outs of the game were pitched by Keegan James (Mississippi State), Riley Self (Mississippi State), Adam Elliot (Louisville) and Brett Schultz (Minnesota). The four did not allow a run and gave up just two hits.

James provided 2.1 innings for Hyannis. In his three outings for the Harbor Hawks, James has yet to give a run. The Bulldog righty has emerged as another reliable arm for the Hyannis pen that has already been tremendous.

Third baseman Davis Wendzel (Baylor) benefitted from the one mistake Harwich reliever Tom Sutera (Siena) made on Monday. Sutera allowed just three hits in a four-inning performance, but the one he gave up to Wendzel to begin the seventh inning changed the game. Wendzel sent his second home run of the season over the left field fence to give them a one-run lead that they'd eventually win by.

With the victory, Hyannis is now in a three-way tie with the Wareham Gatemen and Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox atop the Cape Cod League standings. The three are all locked in at 30 points. Although, the Harbor Hawks find themselves trailing the other two due to run differential.

Hyannis will take the day off on Tuesday before returning to McKeon Park on Wednesday for another 6:00 p.m. matchup with the Cotuit Kettleers.

July 9, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 23: Comeaux, Holland Fuel Offense to Nine Runs in Win Over Wareham

The Harbor Hawks collected 12 hits and nine runs on Sunday evening at McKeon Park. Four of the hits and five of the runs were scored by the combination of second baseman Braden Comeaux (Rice) and designated hitter Will Holland (Auburn). The two helped power the Hyannis (13-8-2) offense to a 9-5 victory over Wareham (14-10) in the two team's fifth matchup of the season.

Comeaux started the scoring in the first inning when he reached on a walk and later scored on a single from right fielder Todd Lott (Louisiana-Lafayette). After Wareham tied the game at one in the top half of the third, Comeaux touched home plate again after third baseman Seth Gray (Wright State) drove him in.

In the fourth, instead of being the man to score, Comeaux became the hitter to drive in the run. The Owls' infielder hit his second single of the night to extend the lead to four. Comeaux's hitting streak is now at 10 games, with six of them being multi-hit days.

Before Comeaux drove in shortstop Davis Wendzel (Baylor), Holland also scored in the fourth inning off of Wendzel's double. And in his third game as a Hawk, Holland also found his first two hits of the season. A single through the middle in fifth became part of a two-run frame. In the seventh, he then doubled and later scored on an error from the Gatemen.

"It's an adjustment for sure playing in Cape Cod. I'm still trying to get used to the teammates and gel with the team. And making adjustments at the plate and hit the ball hard," Holland said before taking about his stolen base. "Trying to get into scoring position for my teammate to drive me in. I know I have the speed to do it and just trying to help my teammate out."

The star on the mound in the win was right-handed reliever Ryan Pepiot (Butler). Pepiot relived starter Gavin Hollowell (St. Johns) in the fifth and got out of a bases loaded jam. The League's Week Three Pitcher of the Week gave Hyannis 3.2 innings of work, surrendering two runs on a hit with four strikeouts.

Pepiot helped calm down a game that looked like it had a chance to become an offensive slugfest. Hollowell through four innings allowed just a single run, but he did get out of a few jams. Wareham finally did get through to him in the fifth, grabbing two more runs and pushing Hollowell out of the jam.

In a non-save situation Dylan Thomas (Hawaii) came in after Pepiot's dominant performance. And similar to most of his efforts for Hyannis, Thomas delivered a flawless inning and retiring all three batters he faced.

Hyannis will hit the road to travel to Whitehouse Field for a meeting with the Harwich Mariners on Monday at 6:30 p.m.

July 8, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 22: Harbor Hawks Give Up Eight Free Passes in Loss

The Harbor Hawks and the Kettleers each had nine hits in Saturday's affair. However, only one Hawk reached base on a free base. While on the other side, eight Kettleers earned a walk or were hit by a pitch. Cotuit (10-10-1) took advantage of the free bases, taking the game 8-3 at Lowell Park against Hyannis (12-8-2).

Jordan Fowler (Ole Miss) and Zach Kohn (Central Michigan) threw the first six innings for Hyannis in the loss. Fowler tossed a scoreless first frame, but the Kettleers scored in each of the next four innings to get their eight runs.

Fowler walked three Cotuit batters in his 3.1 innings start. As well as hitting a batter to bring in a run during the second inning. Kohn attempted to keep the Harbor Hawks in the game when he came in during fourth. Although, he too struggled to control his command. The Kettleers walked four times against Kohn including once with the bases loaded to score a run.

On top of the free passes, Hyannis committed two errors and didn't help themselves. Cotuit's designated hitter Thomas Dillard (Ole Miss) and catcher Zach Humphreys (TCU) both hit solo home runs off of Fowler in the third and fourth.

Despite the early struggles on the mound for the Harbor Hawks, there was a light at the end of the tunnel. Riley Self (Mississippi State) made his Hyannis debut by throwing a one-two-three seventh inning. Kyle Kemp (Lipscomb) followed him in the eighth by also setting the Kettleers down in order.

The star bats in the defeat belonged to third baseman Davis Wendzel (Baylor) and right fielder Trevor Hauver (Arizona State). Wendzel has hit a lot of long doubles in the 2018 campaign, but hadn't quite gotten enough of one to put it over the fence. Until the fifth inning on Saturday, where he got the Harbor Hawks on the board with his solo shot to center field. Wendzel also doubled in the seventh to bring in another run.

"They had a good pitcher, who came out throwing strikes. He was doing his job and I just caught two barrels. And it felt good," Wendzel said about his big night before examining what the need needs to do going forward. "We need to eliminate the big inning, the biggest part for us we have one big inning that we can't come back from. Other than that we played just as well as the other team."

Hauver had a three-hit day at Lowell Park. The rising sophomore came in to score in the eighth after a single from catcher Kyle Wilkie (Clemson). The three singles from Hauver now have his batting average floating above .300.

Hyannis returns to McKeon Park to battle the Wareham Gatemen for the fifth time this season at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

July 7, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 21: Harbor Hawks, Red Sox Conclude in a Tie

Darkness came away with the only victory on Thursday night at Red Wilson Field. A back-and-forth game between Hyannis (12-7-2) and Yarmouth-Dennis (12-6-3) ended in a 7-7 tie. During three different points of the matchup the score had been tied with different figures, so it was only fitting it came to the result it did.

The Harbor Hawks took a lead into the eighth and final inning. But a perfect hit-and-run from Y.D. center fielder Zach Ashford (Frenso State) brought in first baseman Andrew Daschbach from first base on an RBI double to tie the game. It'd be the first time this season Dylan Thomas (Hawaii) blew a save.

Offensively, Hyannis saw eight of nine starters earn hits. Third baseman Seth Gray (Wright State) started the scoring by driving in two runs in the first inning with a bases loaded single. Gray has gone 7-for-13 over the past four games.

Second baseman Braden Comeaux (Rice) added two hits to Hyannis' 11 total on the night. Comeaux drove in a run in the second and another two in the top of the fifth. The Owl infielder is now tied atop the team-lead in hits.

Two of the runs that Comeaux drove in were right fielder Colin Hall (Georgia Tech). Hall may have only been awarded one hit in the tie but made very solid contact on outs and earned a walk to get on base.

"I was just trying to be aggressive in my at-bats. Not trying to get behind too much, trying to get ahead in counts - it worked out well," Hall said. "Barreled a couple balls up and scored a few runs today.

Of the four Harbor Hawk pitchers on Thursday only one kept the Red Sox off the scoreboard. Keegan James (Mississippi State) worked two scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh. James ended a streak of four straight innings of Red Sox scoring, facing just seven batters and allowing only an infield single.

Starter Houston Roth (Ole Miss) threw his shortest outing of the season, working only 3.2 innings. The Red Sox managed seven hits and four runs against Roth, after his previous season-high in hits was four.

Brett Schultze (Minnesota) relieved Roth in the fourth, but he as well had a tough time against the Red Sox bats. He only went 1.1 innings allowing two runs on two hits, as Y.D. found a couple of outfield gaps against him.

Hyannis are scheduled to host the Orleans Firebirds on Friday at McKeon Park at 6:00 p.m. Although, with a forecast of showers throughout the day it is a large possibility of another rain-out game.

July 5, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 20: Harbor Hawks Drop Fourth of July Meeting with the Red Sox

Over the past couple of weeks, the Harbor Hawks' bullpen has been a major focal point in the team's raise to the top of the West division standings. However, on Wednesday the strength of Hyannis (12-7-1) faltered. Five different arms allowed five runs and Yarmouth-Dennis (12-6-2) took the game 7-2.

Parker Towns (Dallas Baptist) relieved starter Nick MacDonald (Florida International). Towns' outing didn't last long. He recorded just one out, walking one batter and allowing a pair of singles before being pulled for Ryan Pepiot (Butler). Pepiot got the Harbor Hawks out of the inning but did allow two runs to come in on a double. The Red Sox finished the sixth inning with three runs (all credited toward Towns) to end what at the time was a 2-2 game.

Walks also hurt the pen later in the day. Wes Engle's (Texas State) ERA finally rose above zero. After working a clean seventh inning, Engle's command went astray, walking two batters. Hyannis called upon Kyle Kemp (Lipscomb) to attempt to get out of the jam but could not. Both of Engle's runners later scored increasing the Y.D. lead to five.

Despite the struggles from the bullpen, MacDonald had a very good start and put his team in a position to grab a win. The right-handed starter took a little bit to get going. The Red Sox got to him early in the first with a pair of runs. Although, MacDonald settled in after that throwing four consecutive scoreless innings finishing the day with five strikeouts, surrendering the two runs on six hits in five innings of work.

"I calmed myself down for the most part. I was kind of staying too relaxed and had to get myself a little more into it," MacDonald said. "The first inning was a little rough, I was getting behind in counts. For the rest of the game just focused on getting ahead in counts and it worked out."

The Hyannis offensive came from two sources that have produced all season. Left fielder Todd Lott (Louisiana-Lafayette) crushed a ball in the second inning for a solo home run, that now gives him five on the season. Catcher Kyle Wilkie (Clemson) drove in the tying run before the bullpen's demise with an RBI single. Wilkie has four hits and two RBIs over his past three games, helping his average climb above .300.

Hyannis will travel on Thursday to face these same Red Sox for a 5:00 p.m. meeting at Red Wilson Field.

July 4th, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 19: Gray’s Clutch Hit Caps Comeback Win Over Bourne

The Harbor Hawks didn't hold a lead on Tuesday until the eighth inning. But as the saying goes it's not how you start, it's how you finish. Although third baseman Seth Gray (Wright State) didn't start in the game, he delivered a two-out two RBI double in the eighth to provide Hyannis (12-6-1) a 6-4 win against Bourne (10-9-1).

Left fielder Matthew Barefoot (Campbell) started the eighth inning rally with a leadoff single. He'd later move to second on a sacrifice bunt. Center fielder Tommy Jew (UC Santa Barbara) followed with a walk, setting up Gray to potentially give the Harbor Hawks the lead. As the ball sailed off of Gray's bat and over the head of the Bourne right fielder Ashton Bardzell (Hartford), Barefoot and Jew came storming around the bases to score easily. And completing a 4-0 comeback.

"Just sticking with my approach and trying to hunt fastball earlier, which I did tonight," Gray said. "Tonight, I just tried to still be productive in some way in the dugout. Trying to stay focus and be a good teammate. And when my name's called try to produce."

Hyannis used a four-run sixth inning to tie the game. Three straight singles to start the inning from right fielder Eric Rivera (Florida Atlantic), second baseman Taylor Garris (Samford) and shortstop Davis Wendzel (Baylor), paired with an error from Bardzell in right brough home the first two runs. The next two runs were driven in by catcher Kyle Wilkie (Clemson) and designated hitter Todd Lott (Louisiana-Lafayette) tying the score.

Starting pitcher Jeremy Randolph (Wright State) had a rough first inning, giving up three runs to the Braves. He settled in for his next four innings surrendering just one more run and finishing with seven strikeouts.

The bullpen also clutched up for the Harbor Hawks like it has most of the season. Bourne left a total of nine runners on base. Much to the combined effort of Keegan James (Mississippi State), Adam Elliot (Louisville), Parker Towns (Dallas Baptist) and Dylan Thomas (Hawaii), who threw four scoreless innings.

James making his Hyannis debut went 1.1 innings, walking one batter as his only baserunner and retiring the other four he faced. Towns recorded just one out in the win, but he may have been the biggest of the night. Coming into the top of the eighth with the bases loaded, Towns got his one batter to fly-out to Jew in deep center and keep the game tied to set up Gray's big at-bat.

Thomas gave the Harbor Hawks a one-two-three inning with a pair of strikeouts to earn his fifth save of the year.

Hyannis will celebrate the Fourth of July at McKeon Park when they face the Y.D. Red Sox for the first time this season on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.

July 3, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 18: Hollowell, Bullpen Lead the Way Over Harwich

Five innings isn't something that is thought of when you think of Gavin Hollowell (St. John's) outing. But that is what the Harbor Hawks got out of the right-hander on Sunday. Hollowell and a phenomenal effort from the bullpen kept the Harwich (9-9-1) bats quiet, guiding Hyannis (11-6-1) to a 2-1 victory.

Each time this season Hollowell has stretched further than his previous appearance the time before. After going one, three and, three and two-thirds innings his first three performances, he got to five frames of work to get his first win of the season. Hollowell surrendered four hits and one run, striking out five on Sunday. He tossed four scoreless before the Mariners scrapped by with one in the fifth inning.

"Closing from St. Johns really helped me a lot coming into here. Staying back, developing my pitches and staying through," Hollowell said. "Coach (Ray) Korn has given me so much advice that really helped me lot."

The bullpen followed Hollowell's commanding day with a powerful showing themselves. Brett Schulze (Minnesota) came out of the pen first. He'd work just an inning, that included getting into a bases loaded jam, but got out of it without allowing a run.

Ryan Pepiot (Butler) continued his excellent streak of scoreless outings giving the Harbor Hawks two innings of shutting out the Mariners. Pepiot retired all six batters he faced and fanning four of them. Dylan Thomas (Hawaii) earned his fourth save of the season closing things out in the ninth. Thomas worked around a leadoff double by striking out the last two batters with the tying run standing on third.

Hollowell's run support came in back-to-back innings in the third and fourth. The first run came from the speed of center fielder Tommy Jew (UC Santa Barbara). Jew turned a throwing error from the Harwich third baseman Ray Gil (Miami) into three bases. Later coming in to score from third on a single from shortstop Davis Wendzel (Baylor).

First baseman Brady Lindsly (Oklahoma) drove in the second run in the fourth. Third baseman Seth Gray (Wright State) got a base hit that'd went passed the diving right fielder, allowing him to get to third before Lindsly brought him in.

The Harbor Hawks will enjoy an off-day on Monday before returning to McKeon Park on Wednesday. That game will be at 6:00 p.m. as they will face the Bourne Braves for the first time this season.

July 1, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 17: Harbor Hawks Allow 17 Runs in Loss to Wareham

At one point on Saturday night the Harbor Hawks did hold a lead. But in a game where they surrendered 17 runs and 14 hits to the Gatemen it was easy to forget that the Hawks were ever leading. With a 17-4 outcome, Wareham (12-6) beat Hyannis (10-6-1) for the second consecutive night and for the third time this season.

Five different pitchers took the mound in Hyannis for the Harbor Hawks, none being able to keep the Gatemen off the scoreboard. Starter Jordan Fowler (Ole Miss) only lasted two and a third after Wareham started their big inning in the third. Four runs (three earned) were credited to Fowler before Kyle Kemp (Lipscomb) came on in relief.

Kemp struggled as he didn't record an out and allowed four runs, but none of them were earned. Zach Kohn (Central Michigan) also entered the game and finally got Hyannis out of the inning. It took all three pitchers as the Gatemen scored nine in the third inning that started the blowout game.

Mike Mokma (Michigan State) and infielder Braden Comeaux (Rice) combined to toss four innings to complete the game. Wareham homered off both pitchers and scored six more runs off of them. Although on Comeaux's final pitch of the night center fielder Tommy Jew (UC Santa Barbara) made a terrific catch flying into the fence and firing the ball back to first for an inning-ending double-play.

On offense, Hyannis outhit Wareham with their 15 hits on the night. But a night removed from leaving 14 runners on base, the Harbor Hawks never strung together hits to get a big inning. Three of those hits came from shortstop Alec Trela (Memphis) and two more from Comeaux.

The stoplight however belonged to left fielder Todd Lott (Louisiana-Lafayette). Lott's solo shot in the second inning gave Hyannis their brief lead. He now owns sole possession of the team-lead for home runs. Lott also added two more hits throughout the game that drove in an additional two runs.

"We had 15 hits, we just need to start producing more and it'll take care of itself," Lott said. "I need to stay aggressive and keep swinging at my pitches. Everybody on the mound is somebody's Friday night (starter), just got to stay confident and keep swinging the bat."

The Harbor Hawks will travel to Harwich for their third meeting with the Mariners this season. Hyannis took the first two games and attempts to take the third to end the losing skid.

June 30, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 16: Gatemen Snap Harbor Hawk Winning Streak

All good things must come to an end. Squandered chances haunted the Harbor Hawks on Friday night. A few late-inning rallies came up short and Hyannis (10-5-1) couldn't complete the comeback against Wareham (11-6) falling 4-3.

The Harbor Hawks left a total of 14 men on base when all was said and done. Most of that came in the seventh and eighth innings, where they left the bases loaded both times. Second baseman Braden Comeaux found a single in the eighth to bring home the only run in the two opportunities.

Right fielder Trevor Hauver (Arizona State) added two hits in the losing effort including his RBI infield single in the ninth to bring Hyannis within one. But again, the effort was too little, as Hauver never got past first, and the Hawks lost a game for the first time in nine days.

Left fielder Matthew Barefoot (Campbell) got the scoring started in the third with his two-out RBI single to bring in shortstop Davis Wendzel (Baylor). Barefoot increased his team lead in RBIs to 12 on the season. Although, these were the only clutch hits the Harbor Hawks could find in the loss as they missed out on chances at big innings against the Gatemen.

Hyannis fell behind early, finding themselves down three after the first two innings. Gatemen right fielder Jeremy Ydens (UCLA) took the first pitch from Harbor Hawk starter Travis Marr (Clemson) to the left fielder bleachers for a leadoff home run. Wareham scored two more in the second, but those did not go against Marr as two hits paired with an error from Hyannis allowed those runs to come in.

The Gatemen added one more run in the fifth off of left-hander Adam Elliot (Louisville). Elliot helped settle things down going three innings surrounding two hits in the effort. Ryan Pepiot (Butler) and Wes Engle (Texas State) closed the game out with two scoreless frames. Engle has yet to allow an earned run this season. And Pepiot hasn't conceded an earned run in his last four appearances.

"Just trusting myself and trusting my stuff. I'd like to thank my teammates, they've definitely helped behind me when I give up hits or balls in play," Pepiot said. " I've gone back to pitching rather than just trying to throw."

Revenge can come quickly for Hyannis as they'll return home to McKeon Park on Saturday for a rematch with the Gatemen at 6:00 p.m. Southpaw Jordan Fowler (Ole Miss) will be on the bump for the Harbor Hawks.

June 29, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 15: Hyannis Winning Streak to Six After 7-5 Victory Over Brewster

"Hawks are Hot," is a phrase you can hear voiced from the Hyannis dugout over the past week. And there's not a better way to say it. The Harbor Hawks are hot and Hyannis (10-4-1) won yet again on Wednesday night, defeating Brewster (3-12-1) 7-5 for the third time this season.

Hyannis' bats put together nine hits along with the seven runs. They didn't break out until the fifth inning, when the team banded together for a four-run inning to take the lead.

Shortstop Alec Trela (Memphis), right fielder Colin Hall (Georgia Tech) and second baseman Braden Comeaux (Rice) loaded the bases with a pair of singles and a walk. Trela and Hall scored on first baseman Brady Lindsly's one-out single. Catcher Pedro Pages (Florida Atlantic) kept a hot bat with his two-out two RBI double to bring in Comeaux and Lindsly.

They'd add two more runs in the seventh. Center fielder Matthew Barefoot (Campbell) has been scorching at the plate adding three more hits to his summer campaign. One of those being his RBI double to plate Comeaux. Pages singled in Barefoot to extend the Hyannis lead to three.

"I've just been seeing the ball better. I've been talking to coach Bobby and he's been helping me just stay calm at the plate. Let everything come to you, don't go get anything - it's just been working," Pages said. "Coach (Ron) Polk says it's contagious hitting. Once one person goes, we all go. Everyone just gets confidence no mater who's on the mound."

The Whitecaps did take an early lead before the Harbor Hawks scored six unanswered. Hyannis starter Houston Roth (Ole Miss) allowed his first hit in the second inning as it was a far one. Brewster right fielder Dominic Canzone (Ohio State) turned on a ball sending it over the right field fence for a three-run blast.

Roth settled down the rest of the way, the Whitecaps had two more hits against the Rebel pitcher in his four and two-thirds outing. He'd finish with three strikeouts and his only blemish being the big fly to Canzone.

Brewster added two more runs in the eighth inning, in an effort that was too little, too late. The two runs belonged to Hyannis' winning pitcher Brett Schulze (Minnesota). Schulze didn't have the same stuff in his first few frames of work. Dylan Thomas (Hawaii) came in to relieve Schulze and close things out. Thomas retired all four batters he faced for his second save of the season.

While most of the league will have an off-day on Thursday, the Harbor Hawks will travel to Falmouth to attempt to make-up a rained-out game with the Commodores from June 13th.

June 27, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 14: Barefoot, Pages Homer in Thumping Win Over Wareham

Left fielder Matthew Barefoot (Campbell) knew he got all of it in his second at-bat of the day. From the crack of the bat, Barefoot watched his third home run of the season sail over the left field fence extending the Harbor Hawk lead to three.

Barefoot was responsible for all three early RBIs in what was the start of an offensive breakout game for Hyannis (9-4-1) in their 9-1 win over Wareham (9-6).

On Tuesday, Barefoot's laser shot wasn't the only ball to leave the yard. In the fourth inning, catcher Pedro Pages (Florida Atlantic) found his first home run of the season. Pages' opposite field three-run jack got some help from the wind as it carried all the way out and hitting the scoreboard at McKeon Park.

Barefoot and Pages took credit for three of the team's 12 hits and six of the nine RBIs. Right fielder Eric Rivera (Florida Atlantic) came through with a two-run single in the fourth before his college teammate, Pages' big-fly. Shortstop Davis Wendzel (Baylor) doubled in the fifth to bring in center fielder Tommy Jew (UC Santa Barbara).

Every starter in the Harbor Hawk lineup on Tuesday found a hit in the win. Most of the club's now five-game winning streak has been attributed to excellent pitching. However, the offense showed off their power as well.

Nick MacDonald (Florida International) took the ball to start the game. MacDonald didn't have many clean innings in his victory but was marvelous in keeping the Gatemen off the scoreboard by stranding runners. In his two previous starts he struggled to get past the third inning without allowing a big frame. He did do so on Tuesday as he gave his best effort yet for Hyannis going five innings, giving up just one run on seven hits and striking out five.

"Beginning of the game I was falling behind hitters and not letting my stuff do its job. Coach Korn told me to work out in front, throw pitches where I needed to," MacDonald said before talking about the mentality with such a large run support. "I still have to go out there every inning and treat every batter like it's a zero-zero game. Get my job done, get ahead and get outs."

With the Harbor Hawks staying hot over the past week they find themselves a top the Cape Cod League standings. They'll attempt to keep the streak going when they travel to Brewster on Wednesday for a 5:00 p.m. meeting with the Whitecaps.

June 26, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 13: Harbor Hawks Extend Winning Streak to Four in Shutout Win over Harwich

The pitching staff kept their hot streak going on Monday as Hyannis (8-4-1) shut out Harwich (7-6-1) in the team's 2-0 win. The win now has the Harbor Hawks on a four-game winning streak. Over that stretch, the Hyannis arms have allowed just six runs in total.

Monday's shutout effort began with Jeremy Randolph (Wright State) on the hill. Randolph final line had him going four and two-thirds, conceding five hits to the Mariners and striking out five. The rising senior never found himself in much trouble until the fifth inning where he'd later exit after giving up a double and a walk.

Ryan Pepiot (Butler) relieved Randolph to absorbing the jam, but he'd only make it worse by hitting the first batter he faced and loading the bases. Pepiot then tossed a wild pitch, a nice reaction by catcher Kyle Wilkie and a great tag by Pepiot cut down the runner at the plate to hold the Mariners off the board.

The Butler Bulldog pitcher found his stride after a rocky two batters. He'd set the next six batters he faced down in order. Pepiot in his last three appearances this season has tossed five and a third innings of scoreless frames.

The left-hander Adam Elliot (Louisville) picked up the save in the win. Providing the Harbor Hawks with the final inning and two-thirds of work. Harwich found back-to-back to start the ninth against Elliot before he retired the last three hitters to cap off the win.

The Harbor Hawks couldn't find much offense on Monday. Although, with the performance on the mound they just needed to scrap by and they did just that. The Mariners' starting pitcher Will Mattiessen (Stanford) had been throwing a no-hitter into the fourth inning. Third baseman Davis Wendzel (Baylor) quickly got the Harbor Hawks into a threatening position with his one-out triple to break up the no-no.

Right fielder Trevor Hauver (Arizona State) came up clutch later in the inning. With two outs and Wendzel on third, Hauver fouled a few pitches off before lining one into center and ending the scoreless game.

Harwich did themselves no favors in the eighth inning. Wilkie singled to lead it off and center fielder Tommy Jew (UC Santa Barbara) grounded to shortstop, but due to the speed of Jew the shortstop made an errant throw. Wilkie scored and added a much-needed insurance run.

The pitching staff and the rest of the Harbor Hawks will attempt to continue the hot streak of four games on Tuesday's matchup at McKeon Park with the Wareham Gatemen. The Gatemen were the last team to beat Hyannis in their 9-0 rout over the Harbor Hawks last Wednesday.

June 25, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 11/12: Hyannis Grab Two Wins in Orleans Doubleheader

In the second doubleheader of the season, the Harbor Hawks swept the two games once again. After taking two from Brewster last Sunday, Hyannis (7-4-1) won both games in their visit to Orleans (4-8) on Sunday.

In the first game of the doubleheader, Jordan Fowler (Ole Miss) stared for the Harbor Hawks with an excellent start. Fowler gave Hyannis five solid innings of work to earn the victory in the Harbor Hawks' 7-3 win.

The left-handed rising sophomore struggled in the first inning, allowing a pair of walks and singles. Although, he limited the damaged to one run before finding a groove. Fowler finished the day conceding three runs on seven hits and getting a lot of groundball outs.

Brett Schulze (Minnesota) relived Fowler to start the sixth inning. The right-handed reliever showed dominant stuff in his short effort. Over the final two innings of the victory, Schulze struck out three and the Firebirds only found one hit against him.

Behind Fowler getting out of a bases loaded jam in the first, the momentum swung to the Harbor Hawks offense. Hyannis scored four runs in the second to take a lead they never relinquished. Four hits in the frame went along with the four runs highlighted by catcher Kyle Wilkie's (Clemson) two-run single. He'd later score from second on an Orleans' wild pitch.

Right fielder Matthew Barefoot (Campbell) drove in two more runs in the fourth inning with a two-out two-run double. The final Hyannis run scored from the bat of second baseman Braden Comeaux (Rice) with his RBI single in the fifth inning.

The offensive outburst didn't continue into the second round of the day.

Game two of the Hyannis-Orleans doubleheader was all about the home run ball. The Harbor Hawks used three solo home runs to power themselves to a 3-2 win over the Redbirds in extras.

Outfielder Todd Lott (Louisiana-Lafayette) gave the Harbor Hawks two of the three home runs, increasing his team-lead to three on the season. Lott came on as a pinch hitter to start the sixth inning. His home run off the left-center field wall tied the game at two, eventually sending it extra innings.

Lott wasted no time in the eighth inning leading off with his second big fly of the day, that'd be game-winner.

"I was just being aggressive. I'm just trying to stay short to the ball. Trying to see my pitch and hit it," Lott said. "You just got to go out there and do whatever you can for your teammates. And it worked out today."

Barefoot found his second home run of the season as well on Sunday. He started the Harbor Hawks scoring with his solo home run in the third.

The Hyannis pitching combination of Gavin Hollowell (St. Johns), Zach Kohn (Central Michigan) and Dylan Thomas (Hawaii) limited the Firebirds to just the two runs on five hits. The trio also struck out six over eight innings.

Hyannis will look to extend their three-game winning streak when they host the Harwich Mariners at McKeon Park on Monday at 6:00 p.m.

June 24, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 10: Wendzel Walks It Off in Extra Innings

Infielder Davis Wendzel (Baylor) has been a major part of the offense for the Harbor Hawks this season. And his best moment so far came on Friday. With center fielder Matthew Barefoot (Campbell) standing on second after a sacrifice bunt, Wendzel needed just a base knock to win the game in the tenth inning.

He did just that as he doubled to left field to give Hyannis (5-4-1) a 2-1 walk-off win against the Falmouth Commodores (2-8).

Wendzel had been 0-for-his last 10 at-bats before finding the deciding hit.

"Obviously, I've been struggling trying to get on top of some balls. Fouling off a lot of good pitches, which is frustrating, but it happens," Wendzel said. "Trying to make some adjustments and it worked out in the last one."

The Harbor Hawks looked poised to win the pitching duel at McKeon Park, heading into the eighth inning Hyannis held a 1-0 lead. The Commodores however, finally managed a run late in the game. A leadoff walk paired with a couple of singles and a Hyannis error earned Falmouth the tying run that sent the game to extras.

Hyannis' first run game during the fourth inning. Left fielder Todd Lott (Louisiana-Lafayette) started the frame being hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a fielder's choice. Catcher Pedro Pages (Florida Atlantic) then drove him in with a single. Pages on top of the RBI had a big night behind the plate gunning down to runners trying to steal second.

Pages' battery was phenomenal the entire game. Travis Marr (Clemson) got the start for the Harbor Hawks. After allowing three home runs in his debut, Marr bounced back with a superb performance. Over four innings, he allowed just two hits and picked up three strikeouts. Marr never truly found himself in trouble giving himself an opportunity to pitch with no pressure.

The three arms after Marr implemented the same results that he did. Parker Towns (Dallas Bapist), Ryan Pepiot (Butler) and Dylan Thomas (Hawaii) each tossed two innings apiece to finish the game. The trio struck out seven Commodore batters in the final six innings of the game. Pepiot was credit with the only run, but he showed the best stuff of the night.

The Harbor Hawks will attempt to begin a winning streak on Saturday as they stay at McKeon Park for their 6:00 p.m. game against the Harwich Mariners. This is the Mariners' second trip to Hyannis this season after the Harbor Hawks won 5-3 back on June 14th.

June 22, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 09: Harbor Hawks, Anglers Tie After Fog Rolls into Chatham

Hardly any clouds could be found in Chatham on Thursday before the Harbor Hawks were set to take on the Anglers. But as the two teams played through the fifth inning the infamous fog rolled into Veteran's field. The teams attempted to wait out the fog before starting the sixth inning. The weather never cleared sending Hyannis (4-4-1) and Chatham (5-3-2) to a 3-3 tie.

Hyannis starting pitcher Houston Roth (Ole Miss) didn't begin the game how he'd ideally want to. The second batter he faced, Chatham's center fielder John Rave (Illinois State) soared a line drive over the fence in center for his first home run of his Cape Cod season.

The Anglers added two more runs in the first after Rave's solo shot. A single from left fielder Colin Simpson (Oklahoma State) and a sacrifice fly via the bat of designated hitter Drew Mendoza extended the Chatham lead to three.

Roth settled in after a shaky first. Over the next three innings of work, Roth only allowed two baserunners coming from a walk and a single. The Rebels pitcher finished the night going four innings allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and striking out three Anglers.

Adam Elliot (Louisville) entered in the fifth walking the first man he faced. Elliot quickly eliminated the baserunner with a ground ball double play. With the fog beginning to come in, the Anglers threatened with a two-out double. Nothing came of it as Elliot recorded what would be the final out of the game before the fog got worse.

The Hyannis offense came alive in the fourth inning. Shortstop Davis Wendzel (Baylor) led off with a walk followed a single from third baseman Seth Gray (Wright State). They came around to score on a two-out single from designated hitter Brady Lindsly (Oklahoma), who made his Harbor Hawk debut on Thursday.

The tying run touched home plate in the fifth. An error and a couple of walks, another one coming from a solid at-bat from Wendzel loaded the bases. Gray then drive in the run with a sacrifice fly.

Wendzel has been a staple of the top of the Hyannis lineup with his selective strike zone and being able to draw walks.

"I love it up there. It's where I'm used to hitting. Anywhere I can help the team win and that's where I want to be," Wendzel said. "Swinging at good pitches and letting the bad ones go. It's how I hit."

The Harbor Hawks will return home to McKeon Park on Friday to take on the Falmouth Commodores at 6:00 p.m.

June 21, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 08: Gatemen Rout Harbor Hawks in Shutout Defeat

Nothing went well for the Harbor Hawks on Wednesday night. Pitching nor the bats ever found a groove for the Harbor Hawks as the Gatemen scored early and often before Wareham (7-2) rolled to a 9-0 victory over Hyannis (4-4).

Hyannis starter Mike Mokma (Michigan State) only lasted two-thirds of an inning in the loss. The right-hander wasn't himself as he gave up four runs and exited as a precaution after feeling some tightness in his forearm. Mokma's final pitch of the day was to Wareham shortstop Ryan Kreidler (UCLA), who put the exclamation point on the inning with a two-out three-run double.

The Gatemen added two runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth. The Harbor Hawks used five different pitchers in the defeat with the best performances finishing out the game. Ryan Pepiot (Butler) had his finest outing of the Cape Cod season so far. Pepiot pitched only one inning but struck out the side in the seventh. Although, the highlight of the night came an inning later from the mound for Hyannis.

It'd had been five years since Braden Comeaux (Rice) pitched in a game. The typical infielder was called upon to get three outs for his team in the blowout and he delivered. Comeaux tossed a one-two-three inning including picking up a strikeout.

"Basically, coach had asked, 'have you pitched before?' I said, yes sir I pitched in high school," Comeaux said before explain the rest of the conversation. "'Alright we need you to eat up an inning.' Yeah, I can do it. I'll get in there and throw strikes. Just wanted to get in there and compete."

The other entertaining part of the position player tossing an inning came from the excitement of the Harbor Hawk bullpen cheering him on in left field. And Comeaux shared his feelings about the heartening claps coming from the pen.

"That was probably one of the coolest moments of my life," he said.

On offense, the Harbor Hawks only mustered four hits on the night. Three of the four came from the bat of third baseman Seth Gray (Wright State).

"I just tried to get in good counts and attack fastballs early in the count. Seeing it well and just make good contact," Gray said about his big night.

Hyannis will travel to Chatman for a game against the Anglers hoping for a better performance than last Saturday's 10-1 at Veteran's Field. Gray mentioned what the Harbor Hawks need to do heading into Thursday's game.

"In this league everybody's good," he said. "One night you can win a ball game big and the next game can be close. Just going to put it behind us go pitch, play and hit tomorrow."

June 20, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 07: Harbor Hawk Pitching Unravels Late in Loss to Kettleers

With the game tied at three heading into the eighth inning, it looked like it was anyone's game to win. That quickly changed after a leadoff walk to start the eighth, Kettleers' designated hitter Thomas Dillard blasted a two-run home run that began a two-inning onslaught that powered Cotuit (5-3) to a 10-4 win over Hyannis (4-3) on Tuesday night.

Cotuit first baseman Zach Biermann followed Dillard with a home run himself to extend the lead to three and ending what had been a solid relief appearance for Brett Schulze (Minnesota). Dom Masullo (Morehead State) came to start the ninth attempting to hold the deficit to three. Unfortunately for Hyannis he could not. Masullo allowed four free passes before being pulled. The Kettleers added four runs in the game's final ending before sealing the victory.

The late inning scoring frenzy from Cotuit ended any hopes of a comeback win for the Harbor Hawks. Starter Nick MacDonald (Florida International) looked good through two innings facing only six hitters. He then found himself in trouble in the third inning as a couple of walks and hits led to three Kettleer runs.

Hyannis battled back in the fifth to tie the game. First baseman Pedro Pages (Florida Atlantic), Cather Kyle Wilkie (Clemson) and center fielder Matthew Barefoot (Campbell) started the inning with two hits and a walk to load the bases. Second baseman Braden Comeaux (Rice) and third baseman Davis Wendzel (Baylor) followed with RBIs via a single and walk to bring the game within one. The walk-off hero from Sunday against Brewster, left fielder Eric Rivera (Florida Altantic) drove in the tying run with a fielder's choice.

Comeaux appeared to be one of the few highlights of the blowout. He collected two hits including his RBI single to get the fifth inning rally rolling. Along with a few over the shoulder grabs. Comeaux talked about how he's been able to stay consistent in the early part of this season.

"The first game out here I was pretty nervous. You hear all the hype about the pitching and stuff, how pitching dominants," he said. "My approach I try to stay relaxed, see the ball big. These are some of the best pitchers in the country. I just got to stay calm, stay ready, stay relaxed and stay within myself."

The Harbor Hawks squandered an opportunity to take the lead and to get back in the game in the sixth and eighth. With two outs in the sixth the Harbor Hawks left runners at the corners to end the inning and did the same in the eight, but with the bases loaded.

Hyannis will face the Wareham Gatemen for the first time this season when they travel to Spillane Field for their 6:30 p.m. game on Wednesday.

June 19, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 05/06: Hyannis Sweeps Doubleheader with the Whitecaps

The Harbor Hawks took both games of their Sunday doubleheader with the Whitecaps as Hyannis improved to 4-2 on the season, while Brewster dropped to 2-4. The two victories were both by a single run, but the games couldn't be more different.

The first game ended in highlight fashion. With runners on first and second with the game extended into extra innings, left fielder Eric Rivera (Florida Altanic) delivered a clutch hit. Rivera dropped a blooper into right field, center fielder Matthew Barefoot (Campbell) scored from second and the Harbor Hawks chased after Rivera, who walked off the 4-3 win.

Rivera talked about his approach at the plate in the game's deciding moment.

"I've been struggling a little bit - just go up there see the pitch and put a good swing on it. And luckily it worked out," he said. "I always like to be on the adversity side of it, but you know I've been struggling I take it as motivation. Just come out every day and play hard - good things will happen."

For most of the game the Hyannis bats were quiet as they were being shut out until the sixth inning. With the help of an error from the Whitecaps, the Harbor Hawks started putting hits together. Barefoot and right fielder Trevor Hauver (Arizona State) drove in the first two runs. Rivera then tied the game up at three, sending it to extras before finally walking it off in the eighth.

The Harbor Hawks seemed to carry the momentum into game two. Instead of falling behind early, it was Hyannis who took control to start the game. Brewster's starting pitcher Allbry Major (Xavier) didn't have his command walking the first three batters he faced.

Third baseman Seth Gray (Wright State) cashed in on Major's mistakes as he smashed a ball of the wall for a double to put the Hawks up 2-0. With a struggling pitcher, Gray talked about the mentality coming to the plate in that situation.

"I talked to coach (Ron) Polk when I was on deck, he said 'If the guy in front of you walks we're going to take one because he's been wild and can't find the zone,'" he said. "I took until I got a strike, then 3-2 (count) he threw me one I could hit and drove it to the right-center gap."

First baseman Griffin Dey (Yale) drove in another run on a fielder's choice and Gray later scored on a wild pitch. The Harbor Hawks used the four-run first inning to power them to a 6-5 win in the second game against the Whitecaps. Gray also mentioned how the Harbor Hawks went from being shut out in the first five innings of the doubleheader to scoring eight over the next four innings.

"I'm a big believer in contagious hitting. If the guy in front of you hits a hard line drive I believe there's a better chance the guy behind will do the same thing and I feel like that was big today," he said.

Hyannis controlled most of the game as they came into the final inning with a 6-2 lead. Although, the Whitecaps didn't go down without a fight. After a walk and a single with one out to open the frame, Brewster center fielder Hunter Bishop (Arizona State) doubled to bring in one run.

Right fielder Brandon Wulff (Stanford) then doubled as well to bring in Bishop and second baseman Michael Massey (Illinois Champaign). But Wulff tried extending the double to a triple and a diving tag by Gray cut him down for the second out.

Brett Schulze (Minnesota) came in to make his Harbor Hawk debut, striking out the only batter he faced and completing the doubleheader sweep.

Hyannis will enjoy their first official off-day on Monday before returning back to action on Tuesday at McKeon Park against the Cotuit Kettleers at 6:00 p.m.

June 17, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 04: Harbor Hawks Surrender Three Home Runs in Loss at Chatham

For the early part of their game at Veteran's Field, the Harbor Hawks struggled to keep the ball in the yard. The Anglers left the yard in each of the first three innings. And Chatham (2-2-1) rode the three homers to a 10-1 win against Hyannis (2-2) on Saturday night.

The first of three Angler dingers came off the bat of the NCAA Division I home run leader in right fielder Spencer Torkelson (Arizona State). Harbor Hawks' starting pitcher Travis Marr (Clemson) fell victim to the dangerous bat of Torkelson as the right fielder lifted one over the left field wall to put Chatham up 1-0.

Marr gave up two more home runs in the next two innings. After allowing back-to-back singles to Chatham's first baseman Tristin English (Georgia Tech) and catcher Blake Sabol (USC), Marr gave up a three-run home run to English's college teammate designated hitter Kyle McCann (Georgia Tech).

Sabol collected the third home run of the night for Chatham. The catcher's two-run shot in the third extended the Anglers' lead to seven. Sabol finished the night with three hits and Torkelson added another RBI later in the game.

The Harbor Hawks deficit reached 10-1 after the fourth inning. But relivers Zach Kohn (Central Michigan) and Wes Engle (Texas State) finally stopped the bleeding tossing a combined four and a third scoreless innings to close out the game.

Kohn making his team debut came in during the fourth inning with two runners on. He'd strike out the one batter he faced in the frame to get out of the jam. Kohn picked up two more strikeouts in his next two scoreless innings.

Engle threw two perfect innings, retiring all six batters he faced. The left-hander has been dominant in his short outings so far this season with Hyannis.

"Basically, just slowing it down and just staying within myself. Not getting too quick and that's what has been the bread and butter for the past two outings for me," Engle said about his Saturday night outing. "I know no matter the score it's a showcase league. It doesn't matter what the score is, it doesn't matter who is pitching, who is up to bat. Everybody is trying to get drafted. I know when I go out there it doesn't matter the situation I have to perform."

The Hyannis offensive also struggled in the loss as they only produced four hits. The single Harbor Hawk run came from the bat of designated player Todd Lott (Louisiana-Lafayette.) Lott kept a hot bat as a day after homering against Cotuit he singled in third baseman Seth Gray (Wright State).

The Harbor Hawks will look to bounce back on Sunday when they host the Brewster Whitecaps for a doubleheader with the first game starting at 3:00 p.m. at McKeon Park.

June 16, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 03: Hauver, Lott Homer in Hyannis’ Win Over Cotuit

In their first road game of the season, the Harbor Hawks looked at home on Lowell Park in Cotuit. A pair of solo home runs from second baseman Trevor Hauver (Arizona State) and left fielder Todd Lott (Louisiana-Lafayette), along with a solid team pitching performance lead Hyannis (2-1) to a 4-1 victory over Cotuit (1-2) on Friday night.

The game's scoring started with Lott's leadoff home run in the third. The solo shot to opposite field was the first of three hits in the inning. Catcher Kyle Wilkie (Clemson) and centerfielder Matthew Barefoot (Campbell) followed Lott with a single and double respectively. Wilkie came in to score on a sacrifice fly from the bat of first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino (Old Domination) to extend the lead to two.

Hauver drove in the next two Harbor Hawk runs. The Arizona State second baseman launched a towering home run to start the fourth inning. He then drove in shortstop Alec Trela (Memphis) with an RBI double in the sixth. Hauver talked about what worked for him in his big night at the plate.

"I had an at-bat the other night with the guy throwing pretty hard and I felt like I was seeing it pretty well. My first at-bat I saw some pitches against the guy," he said. "And he did the same sequence the second at-bat, I picked up on it and that's why I was able to put a good swing on that change-up. The next pitcher, I just battled and was able to put it in the left-center gap."

Pitchers Houston Roth (Ole Miss) and Hayden Kettler (Baylor) made their Harbor Hawk debuts on Friday night and excelled. The two combined to throw the first eight innings of the game allowing one hit on six hits against the Kettleers. Roth, pitched more to contact by hitting his spots creating groundballs and weak flyballs. Kettler on the other hand, struck out six in his four innings of work.

Gavin Hollowell (St. John's) came in to close the game out and picked up the save with a flashy ending. He walked one, but quickly erased him to finish the game. Holloway got the next hitter to groundout to him and turned a double play to seal the win.

After the win and with three games under his belt Hauver also talked about his experience so far in the Cape.

"It's been great, this place is beautiful up here," he said. "It's awesome being with all the different players around the country. The coaching staff is awesome, getting to know a lot from (assistant coach) Ron Polk. He's obviously a legend in the SEC. It's been a great experience and excited to learn more."

Hauver and the Harbor Hawks will travel to Veterans Field for a 7:00 p.m. matchup with the Chatman Anglers on Saturday night.

June 15, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 02: Harbor Hawks Capture First Win of the Season

Mariners' starter Jack Dreyer (Iowa) had kept the Harbor Hawks' bats quiet through four innings. Dreyer only faced 13 batters in those first four innings giving up just two hits. But the Hawks figured him out in the fifth.

Catcher Pedro Pages (Florida Atlantic) led off the inning with a single. Third baseman Seth Gray (Wright State), right fielder Colin Hall (Georgia Tech), second baseman Taylor Garris (Samford), shortstop Braden Comeaux (Rice) all followed with singles of their own.

And just like that Dreyer's night was ended without getting through the fifth. In total, Hyannis (1-1) added four runs on five hits with the help of an error in the fifth as it carried them to a 5-3 win over Harwich (1-2) on Thursday night.

"It was just contagious hitting," Pages said. "I led it off that inning - got a base hit. After that everyone just putting good swings on the ball and just kept going. That's something about baseball. If you hit, it keeps going."

"One thing I'm noticing about this team is a lot of guys really scrap out at bats and don't strikeout a lot," Hyannis head coach Chad Gassman said. "Saying that, they kind of wore him (Dreyer) down a little."

Starting pitcher Mike Mokma (Michigan State) wasn't perfect against the Mariners, but he battled out of jams to put his team in a position to win. With the help of the Harbor Hawks big fifth inning, Mokma earned the victory after a five-inning performance. The right-hander gave up two runs on six hits while striking out four.

Mokma talked about the adjustments he made in game after a rough start in the first.

"(Started) Establishing fastball in really helped. And finishing with the slider," he said. "I left some change-ups out over the middle of the plate and they hit them. So, we went away from that, focusing on the fastball."

Harwich added a run in the top of sixth to cut the lead to one. Hyannis came back with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning as Pages came in to score on a fielder's choice.

The Harbor Hawks' bullpen then sealed the first victory of the season. Jeremy Randolph (Wright State), Adam Elliot (Louisville) and Dylan Thomas (Hawaii) combined to toss three scoreless innings to end the game. The trio struck out five Mariners and allowed two hits to complete the win.

"All the pitchers were locked in. They all came out of the bullpen ready to go," Pages said.

"Second Cape Cod game so the nerves aren't there as much. (The pitching) Wasn't better tonight, we were a little more efficient. But I think the first game was a little bit of nerves," Gassman said about the difference in pitching between the first two games.

Hyannis will travel to face the Cotuit Kettleers on Friday at 5:00 p.m. The Kettleers also will go into the game with a 1-1 record.

June 14, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 01: Pitching Woes Doom Harbor Hawks in Season Opener

The Harbor Hawks used five different pitchers during Tuesday's season opener against the Falmouth Commodores. The staff surrendered seven walks, two hit-by-pitches and 11 hits as Hyannis dropped the first game of the 2018 season to the Commodores, 10-4.

Nick MacDonald (Florida International) started the game for the Hawks. After loading the bases via a double, hit by pitch and a walk to begin the first inning, MacDonald kept the game scoreless with a ground-ball double play to end the frame.

He wouldn't be as fortunate in the third inning as he allowed five runs before being relieved by the right-hander Ryan Pepiot (Butler). Pepiot also struggled in his Harbor Hawks debut only going two and a one-third innings, allowing four runs on five hits and striking out five.

Wes Engle (Texas State) did finally stop the bleeding for Hyannis when he came in during the sixth. The Southlake-native gave up just one hit over his two innings of work at McKeon Field. Adam Elliott (Louisville) and Dylan Thomas (Hawaii) followed Engle's suit as each threw an inning of relief. They'd combine to allow one run on a hit.

Hyannis' offensive highlight came from the bat of left fielder Matthew Barefoot (Campbell), who hit the team's first home run of the season with his two-run shot in the ninth. The Harbor Hawks also struck first on Tuesday, when right fielder Colin Hall (Georgia Tech) scored on a first and third play in the first inning. Hyannis didn't add their second run of the night until the fifth inning. First baseman Vinnie Pasquantino (Old Domination) led off the inning with a double. Shortstop Alec Trela (Memphis) brought Pasquantino in with a single.

Going into the ninth inning, the Hawks needed eight runs to tie. Barefoot brought them closer and they'd continue to put pressure on Falmouth loading the bases but failed to score and left the runners stranded to finish the game.

The result may have not favored the Harbor Hawks on opening night, although head coach Chad Gassman saw plenty of positives. One of them being how the team only surrendered one run after fifth inning.

"We're just trying to figure out what's going on," he said. "We threw five pitchers tonight. A lot of it had to do with the first few innings - probably Cape Cod nerves and guys settling in a little bit. But I saw a lot of good things tonight too."

Gassman and crew will continue to figure things out as they take on the same Commodores on Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. in Falmouth.

June 12, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon

 
2018 MLB Draft - Who are the former Harbor Hawks

As we inch closer to the MLB draft the people of Hyannis and employees of the Hawks may hear a few names that are familiar. There are former Harbor Hawks available to draft and the following are receiving the most attention. It would be no surprise if they got the phone call with offers from teams in the early rounds.

Robert Neustrom
Where he is ranked: Perfect Game Rankings - 148, Baseball America Top 500 - 188
Stats with Iowa: .314/.376/.868, 21 HR, .989 FLD%
Stats with Harbor Hawks: .302/.346/.825, 4 HR, 24 AB/HR

One thing was clear when Robert was a Harbor Hawk; he had power and could flat out hit. By the All-Star game, he was leading the Harbor Hawks in home runs. This feat earned him a berth in the CCBL All-Star game. By the end of the season he had the most home runs on the team, most RBIs, was first in slugging among qualifying players (players who played more than two games for the Harbor Hawks), and ISO (isolated power or SLG - AVG).

Over his three years at Iowa Neustrom slashed a .314/.376/.868. In the current season he more than doubled his home run production; between 2016-2017 Neustrom hit 10 home runs, in 2018 alone he hit 11. Definitely an encouraging development.

Jake Mangum
Where he is ranked: Perfect Game Rankings - 188, Baseball America Top 500 - 131
Stats with Mississippi State University: .355/.416/.860, 34 SB, 54 XBH
Stats with Harbor Hawks: .319/.343/.695, 11 SB, 36 Hits

Last year Jake Mangum was drafted in the 3rd round by the Yankees and turned it down for a summer at the Cape and another season at MSU. He turned in a brilliant performance for the Harbor Hawks, hitting .319, was third on the team in OBP, and led the team in stolen bases with 11 (responsible for a fourth of the team stolen bases). Not to mention he was fourth on the team in hits despite playing fewer games than the next four players. He showed off his fielding as he did not commit an error, one of the three players that did not commit an error while on the Hawks for more than a week.

Over his three years at MSU, Mangum proved he was a star. His triple slash over his career at MSU is an astounding .355/.418/.860. Not only did Mangum lead the team in doubles but in OPS on this year's MSU team. It should be interesting to see what happens next in Mangum's career.

Ford Proctor
Where he is ranked: Perfect Game Rankings - 118, Baseball America Top 500 - 200
Stats with Rice: .330/.423/.900, 14 HR, 13.64 BB%
Stats with Harbor Hawks: .273/.368/.728, 12 2B, 11.04 BB%

Ford Proctor should be known to all Harbor Hawks fans. Over the course of two summers Proctor continued to play quality baseball. Last year Proctor was second on the team in OBP, slashing a .260/.361/.731. Even with those solid numbers his BABIP (batting average on balls in play) was down compared to the team average (.304 vs .312) and compared to the league (.304 vs. .317). As well compared to his college BABIP of .394, it would seem that Proctor had some bad luck last summer.

A big worry about college ball is the player's transition from metal to wood bats. Metal bats are heavier but the ball has a higher exit velocity of the bat and goes farther. Proctor has shown he is just as good with a wood bat as his career in the Cape shows, his slash line of .273/.368/.728 shows that as he continues to develop he will deliver on his great promise.

Tyler Frank
Where he is ranked: Perfect Game Rankings - 171, MLB.com - 75, Baseball America - 68
Stats with FAU: .318/.436/.952, 23 HR, 15.04 BB%
Stats with Harbor Hawks: .262./.290/.721, 1 HR, 47.06% XBH

Tyler Frank is the name I see the most from the former Harbor Hawks when I take a look at these top prospect lists. Frank has distinguished himself on the field for both FAU and Hyannis. His efforts alone during his sophomore year, when he led the FAU team with a .336 batting average, caught the attention of Team USA, and he became the first FAU player to become part of team USA. After starting the summer in Hyannis he took a hiatus to play for Team USA before coming back to the Harbor Hawks for the last few weeks of the season. He hit a respectable .262/.290/.721

As mentioned earlier Frank had a great sophomore year. And even though he was great - he got better this year. As a junior, he has hit the same number of home runs (11), hit more doubles and triples than he did sophomore year despite a lower BABIP, and finally cut down on the strikeouts. It should be fun to see him get to the next level.

Honorable Mentions:
Mike Brettell - Baseball America - 350
Nick Sandlin - Basebal America - 151
Brendan Donovan - Baseball America - 488
Ryan Olenek - Baseball America - 159
Chris Cullen - Baseball America - 292
Justin Lewis - Baseball America - 232
 
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