By: Zach Pekale
At their best, the Bourne Braves have flashed the potential to be the top team in the Cape Cod Baseball League.
However, when defensive miscues impact the outcome of games, the Braves are their own greatest adversary. In a 13-1 loss to the Wareham Gatemen, misplayed balls plagued Bourne from the get-go.
Outfielder Oscar Serratos (Georgia Tech) over ran a fly ball three pitches into the game, allowing a leadoff triple to Jeremy Ydens (UCLA) who later came around to score the first run of the contest.
Then, in the top of the second inning, catcher Lyle Lin dropped a called third strike before sending an errant throw into right field that plated another two runs.
Trailing by three runs, primarily on account of the aformentioned mistakes, the Braves looked disheartened on Thursday.
“We fell behind early, tough to stay focused there … We know we didn’t make the plays we had to,” shortstop Anthony Prato (Connecticut) said.
Starter Bryan Hoeing (Louisville) struggled for the first time this summer, allowing five earned runs on seven hits and four walks over 3.1 innings. He struck out two.
Offensively, the bats fell silent as the Braves mustered one run on five hits. Jared Triolo (Houston) brought home the Braves’ lone run off an RBI double in the bottom of the first inning, scoring Chase Murray (Georgia Tech).
With the loss, Bourne drops to 10-10-1 on the season and remains in third place in the Western Division.
Coming Up: The Braves return to Lowell Park on Friday for a division matchup with the Cotuit Kettleers.