What started as the Bourne Braves’ biggest strength has since become its most glaring weakness.
Through its first three games, Bourne recorded 21 runs. Since, the Braves have managed just four runs, three of which came in their doubleheader sweep against the Chatham Anglers.
In the opening game, Chatham edged Bourne 7-2 behind a massive home run from outfielder Spencer Torkelson (Arizona State) that carried well beyond the left field wall at Doran Park.
Game 1 starter Jack Conlon (Texas A&M) tossed four innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits.
Bourne showed an inability to capitalize on the basepaths, out-hitting Chatham 8-6 in the first game. The team’s two through six hitters recorded all but two hits, however, nine strikeouts denied them an opportunity to advance and put pressure on Chatham.
Displaying competitiveness at the plate, a tenacious approach became overly aggressive.The team struck out an additional 11 times and produced three hits in a 4-1 loss.
Chatham’s starter Alek Manoah (West Virginia) dominated the Braves, going five innings while allowing one earned run on two hits to earn the win.
Player of the Game
Collectively, Bourne struggled across the board on Sunday. For the first time this year, an opposing player will win this award.
In the doubleheader, Torkelson was 3-for-5 with three walks, three RBI and most notably his towering two-run shot off of Braves’ reliever Trey Benton (East Carolina).
Coming Up: Bourne is begins a two game road trip, starting with Cotuit on Monday at 5 pm.