By: Carson Field
For a while, Bourne’s struggles in the batter’s box seemed like just a slump. It has quickly become more than that.
The Braves fell 3-0 at the hands of division rival Falmouth. Despite recording seven hits — one more than the Commodores — and putting three runners into scoring position, the Braves were held scoreless for the fourth time of the season.
After 13 games, the Braves have scored just 32 runs, which is around 2.46 per game.
Following the offensive stall, manager Harvey Shapiro was short-winded.
“If I had the reason, I’d change it,” Shapiro said. “I don’t tell them to go up there and make outs.”
What made Saturday so confounding is how different it was than the first meeting with Falmouth. That game, the Braves scored 10 runs, a season high, while playing a flawless night in the field.
On Saturday, Falmouth’s starter, Franco Aleman, did his part in stopping the Braves. In six innings of work, Aleman bent but didn’t break, allowing six hits and zero runs.
Shapiro correlated Aleman’s prowess to Bourne’s struggles at the plate.
“They’re pitcher threw a lot of strikes, and he was ahead,” Shapiro said.
One of the only batters to show up in the stat sheet on Saturday was Jimmy Glowenke. A Dallas Baptist infielder, Glowenke went 3-for-4.
After a rough start to the year, Glowenke has established himself as one of Bourne’s best hitters, batting .306 in 36 at-bats.
According to Glowenke, patience has paid off.
“Getting good pitches to hit and sticking with a good approach up the middle,” Glowenke said. “I’ve been laying off good pitcher’s pitches and just sticking to stuff that I can do damage with.”
There’s no getting past it: Bourne’s recent performance at the plate has been downright pitiful. But Glowenke has hope that it will soon turn around.
“I think if we come together as an offense and stick with our approach and we’re aggressive early in the count, I think good things can happen,” Glowenke said. “We’re very talented.”