Through 33 games, some members of the Bourne Braves would describe the 2018 season as a rollercoaster, experiencing extremities of both the positive and negative variety.
Friday’s contest featured both ends of the spectrum though the Braves fell 7-1 to the Wareham Gatemen, their eighth loss in nine game, as Bourne’s playoff hopes continue to waver downward.
Starter Bryan Hoeing (Louisville) was chased after just three innings for his shortest outing of the summer. In dropping his third consecutive decision, the right-hander surrendered six earned runs (all in the third inning) on six hits and a walk.
Trailing by as many as eight runs, the Braves slowly chipped away at the Gatemen lead.
New acquisition David Langer (Connecticut) recorded his first hit of the summer, an RBI single, to trim the deficit to 8-2.
Then, with two outs in the seventh, Anthony Prato (Connecticut) lifted a fly ball to right field that Isaac Collins (Creighton) couldn’t retain possession of, allowing two runs to score before Jared Triolo capped the inning with a two-run double that made it 8-6 in favor of Wareham.
“There’s one thing about this team and it’s that we are never out of a ballgame. We came back from an 8-2 deficit and made it a two-run ballgame,” relief pitcher Caleb Bolden (Arkansas) said. “We take advantage of other team’s errors and put it on them when we need to.”
Bolden returned to the mound for the first time since July 11 and tossed two scoreless innings for Bourne.
While the Braves did not pull off the comeback, the offensive showing put together is a positive sign heading into the home stretch of the season.
Coming Up: The Braves return to Doran Park on Saturday where they’ll face the Brewster Whitecaps for the final time in the regular season.