By: Carson Field
For the second game in a row, Bourne’s bats were moving. The Braves collected nine hits, leading them to a 3-2 victory over Harwich.
Despite crossing the plate just three times, nine hits is a substantial number, and that doesn’t even include the several hard-hit balls that didn’t land.
As it stands, Bourne is last in the Cape Cod Baseball League in scoring with 49 runs, 12 behind ninth-place Harwich. While Friday didn’t do much to change that, nine hits and 12 baserunners is certainly a step in the right direction.
Friday was also the second time the Braves faced off against Mariners starter Connor Sechler. In the first meeting, Sechler was dominant. But, this time, Bourne figured him out.
“The first time was one of the first two games and we were still adjusting,” infielder Cody Morissette said. “I felt like we’ve been swinging the bat a lot better since then.”
In only four innings of work, Sechler gave up three earned runs on six hits and three walks.
Over the course of the last two games, the Braves have scored eight total runs. While this isn’t an eye-popping number, it’s undeniably progress from when they were averaging 2.3 runs per game.
Cody Morissette’s improvement has been a catalyst to this recent boost at the plate.
“I struggled a lot at the beginning,” Morissette said. “I’ve just been having a lot of conversations with the players, my family, the coaches and stuff. I finally feel like I’m turning a corner and playing baseball like I can.”
Morissette began the season 0-for-10 and didn’t reach base until the fourth game. But, since then, he’s been one of Bourne’s more reliable hitters. In four of the last five games, Morissette has recorded a hit and posted a .333 average in that span.
Additionally, Zavier Warren — Bourne’s most efficient hitter — had a great night on Friday. He went 3-for-4 with a home run, his second of the year.
After a stagnant few games, Warren seems to have once again found his rhythm.
“I found myself throughout the game,” Warren said. “Kind of focused on what I needed to do, and it paid off.”
Now sitting at 7-11, Bourne can move closer to .500 with wins over Hyannis in Saturday’s doubleheader. If the bats keep producing, like they did Friday, a three-game winning streak isn’t out of the picture.
“Coming into today, we just wanted to go in there with a simple approach,” Morissette said. “Just try to put some runners on base and put some runs across. We’re all just trying to win right now.”