By: Carson Field
Coming off back-to-back losses, Bourne should’ve returned to the win column on Saturday. It’s opponent, Hyannis, had just two wins and was last in the Cape Cod Baseball League in nearly every important statistical category. This should’ve been a high-scoring, explosive return to form.
It wasn’t. The Braves dropped their third game in a row at the hands of the Harbor Hawks.
Once again, lack of production in the batter’s box was an issue. For the ninth time of the year, Bourne scored two runs or fewer.
The only scoring came in the fifth inning when catcher Henry Davis struck a home run into left field. That knock marked his second hit of his Cape League career and Bourne’s third home run of the first 14 games.
In such a rough night at the plate, this was a saving grace.
“That’s the first time we’ve struck together three hits in an inning in the month,” assistant coach Wayne Hancock said. “It was a nice inning. Unfortunately, we didn’t keep it going.”
After that, the troubles resumed. Despite getting two runners on board in the eighth, Bourne was unable to surpass its adversary. That inning, Jackson Greer struck what should’ve been a double into left field near the third-base line, but Jimmy Glowenke thought it went foul.
Because Glowenke stopped running when the ball dropped fair, he didn’t have time to advance to third. This flub proved costly, but it was far from the Braves’ only miscue Sunday.
“We’re doing a lot of assuming,” Hancock said. “We’re assuming the ball’s foul instead of assuming it’s fair. We’re assuming the runner’s not going to tag up, instead of assuming he’s going to tag. We’re assuming the ball will be thrown well, instead of assuming it won’t be thrown well.”
Attempting to avoid a four-game losing streak, Bourne will hope to end this slide on Monday. But it won’t be easy, as its opponent — Wareham — is first in the West Division.