By: Zach Pekale
Coming into the 2018 season, there questions surrounded the reliability of the Bourne Braves starting pitching.
On Monday, Jared DiCesare (William and Mary) continued to provide answers.
In a 5-3 win over the Wareham Gatemen, the Chantilly, Va. native tossed a quality start, scattering three earned runs and six hits across seven innings to pick up his second win of the summer.
“First time through we went fastball heavy, second time through we went off speed heavy and then kind of worked back towards the fastball late,” DiCesare said. “We just executed pitches, made early outs and kept the pitch count low. Also Lyle [Lin] called a great game.”
Offensively, the combination of Jared Triolo (Houston) and Chase Murray (Georgia Tech) produced three runs to carry the Bourne attack.
Murray scored Triolo for each of his game-high three RBI as Triolo extended his hitting streak to seven games. Additional runs were produced by a sacrifice fly from Ashton Bardzell (Hartford) and an RBI double by Spencer Horwitz (Radford).
“It seemed like he [Triolo] got on base every time and I was just looking for mistakes that the pitchers were giving me,” Murray said.
Though Wareham threatened after Isaac Collins (Creighton) and Bryant Packard (East Carolina) both hit solo home runs off of DiCesare, the duo of Gavin Williams (East Carolina) and Greer Holston (Mississippi) did not allow any hits over the final two frames as Holston recorded the save.
Player of the Game
After starting the season as the Braves’ leadoff hitter, Murray has had to transition to the middle of the lineup. He made his first breakthrough against Wareham, going 2-for-5 with three runs batted in.
“I think that’s the coaches figuring out what works best for our lineup. We have a lot of guys that can get on base, we have a lot of guys that can drive in runs,” Murray said. “I can do both of those things, so wherever I fit in the lineup, I’m good with whatever.
Coming Up: The Braves conclude a three-game road trip with their first meeting of the season against the Hyannis Harbor Hawks.