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Hyannis Team Coverage 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Commodores End Mets Season
Hyannis- Joey Wong(Oregon State) worked a bases loaded walk with two outs in the top of the ninth to give the Falmouth Commodores a 2-1 lead, two batters later AJ Pollack(Notre Dame) hit a bases clearing double to put the game out of reach at 5-1. Winning pitcher Preston Claiborne(Tulane) pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to earn his 2nd win of the year.
Falmouth started the scoring in the 5th, when Wong singled scoring David Gustafson(Northeastern) who was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Hyannis responded in the 7th, on a two out RBI double by Matt Nuzzo(Brown) which scroed Casey Frawley(Stetson), who was also hit by a pitch. Jason Franzblau(Arizona State) pitched 7 strong innings allowing just 1 run on 3 hits and striking out 6 for the Mets.
For the second straight year, the Mets(22-22) miss the playoffs by just a few points, while Falmouth will play in a one game playoff against Bourne at 7 pm in Falmouth on Friday, August 8th. The winner of that game will play Cotuit in a best of three playoff to determine the Western Division Champion.
Hyannis 1B Ben Paulsen(Clemson) set a Cape League record, converting every one of his 408 chances this season without an error.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Playoff Race Tightens
The Mets fell to the Chatham A's 7-4 Tuesday night at McKeon Park and could drop as far third in the Western Division. Grant Green (USC) was the star for Chatham, going 2-4 with two RBI and 3 runs scored.
The A's got on the board after just 5 pitches from Mets' starter Matt Ridings (Western Kentucky), as Kyle Seager (UNC) drew a leadoff walk and Green homered on the first pitch he saw. The Mets answered with 3 of their own in the bottom of the first, as Chris Dominguez' (Louisville) 2 RBI single was the big hit.
Chatham continued to tack on a run here and a run there, scoring single runs in the third, sixth, and seventh innings, before adding two in the ninth. Gabe Cohen (UCLA) also had a two RBI night for the A's.
Adam Warren (UNC) picked up his third win of the season for Chatham and Ridings fell to 1-3 on the season. Brad Boxberger (USC) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 9th save of the season.
Hyannis travels to Cotuit on Wednesday before finishing the regular season at home on Thursday against Falmouth.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Braves Stay Alive in West Playoff Race
Hyannis, MA- The Bourne Braves (20-20-1) beat the Hyannis Mets (22-18) 3-2 on a cool night at McKeon Park in Hyannis before a crowd of 1,760 allowing the Braves to stay alive in the Western Division playoff race as the regular season comes to an end this Thursday. Bryce Stowell (UC Irvine) picked up the win for the Braves improving to three and one on the season and helping the Braves take their second win in as many nights. Stowell gave a solid performance, pitching seven innings allowing one run on four hits, striking out nine, and issuing no walks.
Though the Braves were able to score three runs on the night, all three runs were scored off of sacrifice flys. Colin Bates (UNC) got the start for the Mets, and was issued the lost going six innings and allowing two runs on five hits, striking out five and walking four. The combined seven walks issued by Bates and in later innings Ashur Tolliver (Arkansas Little-Rock) played a key role in the boosting the Braves offensive oppurtunities and allowed them to manufacture all three of their runs.
Bates ran into a jam in the second inning when the Braves loaded the bases on an infield hit by Kyle Roller (East Carolina) and back to back singles by Jame Johnson (Okalahoma) and Stephen Batts (East Carolina). The Braves then lit up the scoreboard when James Williamson (William and Mary) picked up an RBI on a sacrifice fly that scored Kyle Roller. The Mets were able to close out the rest of the inning unscathed and answered back in the bottom of the fourth inning when Ben Paulson (Clemson) hit a leadoff solo homerun over the right field wall tieing the game at one a piece. The homerun, Paulson's eigth of the season was his third in as many games.
The Braves were able to tack on two more runs, scoring one in the top of the fifth, when two walks and bunt loaded the bases for Braves and Pierre LaPage (UConn) picked up an RBI on a sacrifice fly that scored Stephen Batts. The Braves also added an insurance run in the top of the ninth when Brandon Bantz (Dallas Baptist) hit a sacrifice fly that scored Jordan Henry (Mississippi) who reached base on an infield hit, and was then moved along the basepaths on a LaPage sacrifice bunt, and a Marc Krauss single.
Hyannis would not go into the night without a fight though as Marcus Jones (NC State) lead off the home half of the ninth with a double, and single by Chris Dominguez (Louisville) put runners at the corners for Hyannis. Curt Casali (Vanderbilt) drove home Jones with a hard hit sacrifice fly, but Eric Pettis (UC Irvine) was able to preserve the win as he picked up his seventh save of the season fanning Ryan Eden to end the threat and the game.
Kyle Roller and Jordan Henry each went 2-for-4 with a run scored on the night for the Braves while Trent Ashcraft went 2-for-4 for the Mets.
With the loss, which snaps their two game winning streak the Mets are now tied with Cotuit for first, with Falmouth one point behind and Bourne sticking around only three points behind. With a loss Bourne would have been eliminated from playoff contention.
The Hyannis Mets look to take on the Chatam A's at home tommorow night under the bright lights of McKeon Park at 7p.m.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Mets Regain First Place
Hyannis- After nearly three weeks, the Hyannis Mets are once again on top of the Western Division of the Cape Cod Baseball League with a 6-5 win over the Wareham Gatemen. Winning pitcher Will Harvil(Georgia) worked four scoreless innings of relief to raise his record to 3-0.
Wareham scored 2 runs in each of the first two innings, starting with the 2nd batter of the game, Ryan Pineda(Northridge) who tripled to right-center scoring Raynor Campbell(Baylor). Blake Dean(LSU) then singled in Pineda to end the Gatemen scoring in the first. Brett Eibner(Arkansas) laced a solo home run to lead off the 2nd, three batters later, Campbell's sacrifice fly to left scored the Gatemen's fourth run.
Hyannis' bats woke up in the 3rd after Trent Ashcraft(E. Carolina) lead off with a single, Ben Paulsen(Clemson) turned on a pitch and hit a line drive home run just inside the "Nick 'the Greek' Foul Pole" in right field to cut the Mets deficit in half 4-2. Vanderbilt's Curt Casali lead off the 4th with a triple to left and scored on Ryan Eden's(New Orleans) RBI ground out.
The Mets took control in the bottom of the 7th, after Ashcraft singled and Paulsen walked, the two pulled off a double steal putting runners on 2nd and 3rd with just one out. Chris Dominguez(Louisville) got an RBI on a ground out to short tying the game, one batter later Marcus Jones(NC State) doubled in the go ahead run and got to 3rd on a throwing error. Jones then scored on an error off the bat of Casali putting the Mets up 6-4. The Gatemen scored one in the 8th to make it 6-5, but Ryan Sharpley(Notre Dame) ended the threat and was able to notch his first save of the season.
With this win, the Mets(22-18) take over sole possession of first place with 44 points, followed by Falmouth(43 points) and Cotuit(42 points) making the final week of the regular season, one exciting week of baseball. The Mets return to action tomorrow in a make-up game against Bourne at 7 pm at McKeon.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Paulson Powers Mets Past Red Sox
South Yarmouth- Ben Paulson (Clemson) blasted a solo home run, his sixth of the season to break a 1-1 tie with two outs in the top of the eigth inning as Hyannis beat the Y-D Red Sox 2-1 at Red Wilson field. The Mets who won their second straight in two nights improve to 21-18 in the Western Division and tighten the gap between themsleves and 1st place Falmouth (20-17-1).
Y-D threatened early in the game, putting runners into scoring position in the bottom of the second when a sacrifice bunt by Nick Liles (Western Carolina) moved DeAngelo Mack (South Carolina) to third and Josh Rutledge (Alabama) to second, both of whom reached base on singles to start the inning. Jason Franzblau (Arizona State) was able to dowse the offensive fire that Y-D had started though, getting Andy Wilkins ( Arkansas) out in a run-down and striking out Mike Belfiore (BC) to end the inning. Franzblau, who started had a solid outing but recieved a no-decision since the game was still tied when he was relieved. Franzblau (1-1) pitched 6 innings and allowed four hits, walked two and picked up 2 strikeouts.
After an hour rain delay in the top of the fitfh the Hyannis bats came alive in the top of the sixth when Chris Dominguez (Louisville) scored Joey Gonzales (UC Riverside) from third with an RBI single. Ryan Eden (New Orleans) would add another hit for Hyannis as he reached base before the inning was over.
The Red Sox answered in the home half of the inning though, as Ryan Ortiz (OSU) hit a double to lead off the inning, and then moved into scoring position, reaching third on a wild pitch by Franzblau. Andy Wilkins would take advantage of the oppurtunity driving in Ortiz with an RBI single.
Russell Brewer (Vanderbilt) proved to be lights out in relief for Hyannis, shutting down the Red Sox offense, and preserving the one run lead Ben Paulson gave to them in the eigth. Brewer would pick up the win, his first of the season with the loss being charged to Chris Masters (0-2,Western Carolina). The umpires would call the game with the home half still to play on account of darkness.
The Mets look to win their third straight tommorow night as they take on the Wareham Gatemen under the lights of McKeon Park at 7pm.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Mets Walk-Off against Bourne
Dale Cornstubble (Central Michigan) delivered in the bottom of the ninth with a walk off infield single that plated Chris Dominguez (Louisville), as the Mets knocked off the Braves 3-2 at McKeon Park. The win helped Hyannis keep pace with the Cotuit Kettleers for second place in the oh so tight Western Division.
The Mets got on the board first in the very first inning. Trent Ashcraft of East Carolina doubled to lead off game and scored on a Dominguez single. Brown's Will Weidig made a stellar spot start to rest the Hyannis bullpen, going 6.1 innings giving 1 earned run on 5 hits and striking out 5.
The Mets took the 1-0 lead to the seventh, when Ross Wilson of Alabama led off with a triple and scored on Justin Bour's (George Mason) single. Ben Paulsen of Clemson answered with a solo home run in the bottom of the inning to put Hyannis back on top. It was Paulsen's 5th of the season.
A rough inning for Ashur Tolliver (Arkansas Little Rock) in the eighth tied it back at 2. Marc Krauss (Ohio) scoredon a hit by East Carolina's Kyle Roller.
Then in the bottom of the ninth, Dominguez singled with one out, stole second and third, and scored on the Cornstubble single to give the Mets the crucial victory.
The winning pitcher was Tolliver (3-0), while David Erickson (2-2) took the loss for Bourne. The Mets travel tomorrow to Y-D on Saturday to take on the Red Sox for the final time this season.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Kettleers Route Mets
Hyannis, MA- The Cotuit Kettleers brought an offense storm with them tonight on their visit to McKeon Park as they routed the Hyannis Mets 12-2. With the win Cotuit, who have won 3 0f their last 4 move into a tie for second place in the Western Division with the Mets. Micheal Gilmartin (Wofford), Evan Crawford (Indiana), and Kevin Patterson lead the way for the Cotuit offense with 2 RBI's a piece, and Seth Blair (Arizona State) pitched a complete game and picked up the win, his third of the season. Blair (3-1) scattered ten hits over nine innings and picked up five strikeouts on his way to the win. The Kettleers scored five runs in the fifth and three runs in the eigth to put the game out of reach for the Mets who left twelve men on base over the course of the night.
Matt Ridings (1-2,WKU) started the game for the Mets, but got beat on early surrending four runs, on four hits in four innings and picking up the loss. Ryan Sharpley (Notre Dame) came in for relief in the fifth, but needed to be relieved himself giving up five runs (three earned) on four hits in the fifth inning. Will Harvil came in to close out the last two innings but ran into trouble himself in the eigth giving up three runs on three hits.
The Mets fell behind early and had trouble finding any offense, trailing 9-0 before they lit up the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh. Marcus Jones (NC State) picked up a two-out, two RBI single that scored Matt Nuzzo (Brown) and PJ Jimenez (Liberty), capping a 3-for-5 night for Jones who proved to be the only offensive force on the Mets tonight.
Rounding out the scoring for the Kettleers were Joey Lewis (Georgia) who hit a solo home run in the fourth his second of the season, and Jeff Kobernus (Cal Berkeley) and Dallas Poulk (NC State) who each picked up and RBI on the night.
Overall the Kettleers scored twelve runs on thirteen hits and commited two errors. The Hyannis Mets scored two runs on ten hits, committing three errors while leaving twelve men on base.
The Hyannis Mets look to take on the fourth place Bourne Braves tommorow night in a Western Division showdown under the lights of McKeon Park at 7pm.
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