By: Carson Field
Just 24 hours after a signature win over Falmouth, the Bourne Braves more than kept up the pace against Brewster on Monday.
Bourne won its second-most lopsided game of the year, defeating the Whitecaps, 13-3.
This offensive explosion began in the first inning when the Braves brought three across the plate. Brendan Rivoli drove in two on a double, and Cade Beloso tacked on the third run with a single.
They also scored in the third, fifth and sixth innings, bringing Bourne’s grand total to 13 runs. Every Brave in the starting lineup reached base, and eight of them recorded a base hit.
For the majority of the season, hitting has been the fatal flaw for this Bourne team. But, over the last two games, the Braves have combined for 18 runs, leading to back-to-back wins.
On Monday, the Braves’ approach at the plate led to this offensive onslaught.
“It seemed to be right today,” manager Harvey Shapiro said. “We had some bloops that fell in, and we got guys on base early in the inning with nobody out. The guys who got on base early could run, so we did well there.
“When we play the way we did offensively, we can be a really good team.”
Other than a rough, two-run first frame, starting pitcher Ryan Cusick was reliable. He threw four innings, allowing just two earned runs on two hits.
Sunday’s heroic win over Falmouth would’ve been in vain if Cusick didn’t come to Stony Brook Field motivated.
“The best motivator in baseball is the next day’s starting pitcher,” Shapiro said. “All that motivation doesn’t do anything if you don’t have a next-day guy who’s pretty good.”
Karl Johnson also did his part in relief, throwing three innings and allowing one unearned run.
After seven innings of baseball and 10 runs separating Brewster and Bourne, the officials determined it was too dark to continue the contest, cementing the Braves’ 17th win of the season.
Before facing Falmouth in the first round of the Cape Cod Baseball League playoffs, Bourne plays back-to-back contests against Wareham (home and home) and a make-up game against Brewster on August 1.
Shapiro said he just wants to get to the postseason and work from there.
“We’re just trying to get through the week,” Shapiro said. “I’m worried about the pitching, so I want to get through.”