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Braves earn first tie of 2019 against Cotuit

By: Carson Field

For the first time of the 2019 season, Bourne neither won nor lost. 

The Braves notched their first tie of the year against Cotuit Tuesday evening. The final score was 2-2. 

If not for a late-inning rally, Tuesday would’ve been another point for the loss column. But, in the eighth inning, Bourne’s bats caught fire. 

That inning began with a walk from Nick Brueser and was followed up by a double from Jake Mackenzie. With runners on second and third, Robert Carmody drove in Brueser, putting the Braves on the board.

Still down 2-1 with one out in the top of the eighth, the Braves needed another run. That equalizing run came shortly after. Cody Morissette smacked a double to right field, knotting the game at 2-2. 

“I just sat through a changeup,” Morissette said. “I just stayed through it and tried to hit it and tried to get that tying run in.”

After Cotuit recorded the third out, Kieran Shaw entered the game to salvage the tie and earn a point. Shaw posted a 1-2-3 inning in the eighth, which ended up being the last frame because of darkness. 

Like many earlier games this season, Tuesday evening’s tilt could’ve been a win if not for the early innings. 

Starter Nick Dombkowski gave up two earned runs in the first inning off of three hits, giving the Kettleers an early advantage. This marked the third game in a row in which Bourne’s opponent scored in the first inning. 

Between the first and eighth innings, neither team crossed the plate. Thankfully for Bourne, Dombkowski was just as commanding as Cotuit starter Sean Sullivan. After that troublesome first inning, Dombkowski surrendered only three hits. 

Of the 10 Cape League teams, the Braves and Kettleers were the only to play on the Cape on Tuesday (Wareham and Yarmouth-Dennis played in Hartford). Now, the Braves are nine points away from clinching a playoff spot and securing the four seed in the West Division.

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