By: Zach Pekale
After putting up six runs in the first two innings on Friday, the Bourne Braves’ offense has stalled.
Recording four hits over the final seven innings against Chatham, their struggles carried over into Sunday as the Harwich Mariners threw a team no-hitter in a 1-0 win over Bourne in game one of a doubleheader.
The game’s only run came in the bottom of the sixth inning when a RBI single from Tanner Morris (Virginia) scored Zach Watson (LSU). Watson, a rising junior, reached on an error by Alika Williams (Arizona State) and advanced to second on a passed ball prior to Morris bringing him around.
Ahead of impending call ups to Team USA, pitchers Zack Hess (LSU) and Kyle Brnovich (Elon) made the most of their final appearance with the Mariners this summer.
Hess opened the game with three perfect innings and four strikeouts before Brnovich tossed two hitless two frames, though he allowed one walk. Closing out the no-hitter was Joe La Sorsa (St. John’s).
For the Braves, starter Casey Legumina (Gonzaga) lasted five innings, giving up five hits and one walk against five strikeouts. The right-hander managed to escape jams in both the fourth and fifth innings after Harwich began two separate two-out rallies.
Offensively, Spencer Horwitz (Radford) and Daniel Cabrera (LSU) were the only Braves to reach base as the tandem of Hess, Brnovich and La Sorsa blanked the Braves, effectively mixing pitches and keeping the Bourne hitters off balance throughout the afternoon.
While hits were not as hard to come by in the second game of the day, runs remained a premium as Bourne and Harwich played out a 1-1 tie after nine innings.
It was Harwich that struck first in the opening frame after Watson delivered a sacrifice fly that scored Cam Thompson (Kansas State).
The Braves remained patient at the plate and loaded the bases in the first and fifth innings but were only able to come away with one run in those opportunities after Chase Murray (Georgia Tech) scored on a wild pitch from Ricky DeVito (Seton Hall).
Bourne starter Jared DiCesare (George Mason) continued his hot start to the summer, tossing five innings and striking out seven but was not a factor in the decision.
Coming Up: The Braves have a day off and return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Stony Brook Field for their second meeting of the year with the Brewster Whitecaps.