By: Nick Galle
Following a 3-0 win on Opening Day, the Bourne Braves hit the road for the first time this season for a matchup with the Brewster Whitecaps at Stony Brook Field, and they took home a 9-1 victory to spoil Brewster’s home opener.
Reggie Crawford was a jack of all trades tonight, bouncing back from his 1-for-5 performance last night against Hyannis. The two-way player from UConn went 3-for-5 at the plate with two doubles and struck out two in one inning of flawless relief.
Bourne got the offense going early, as Braylen Wimmer drove in Tanner Schobel and John Thrasher in the third inning with his second home run of the young season. The South Carolina Gamecock connected on a fastball and took a moment to admire the blast enter the left-field tree line.
“He started with a couple fastballs and then came with a changeup and I swung through that, so I had a feeling he was going to blow one by me again,” Wimmer said. “I was ready for it and got the barrel on it.”
Schobel hit a home run of his own three innings later to give the Bravos a 6-0 lead. It was his first of the summer after he hit seven with the Virginia Tech Hokies this past season.
The Braves got another solid start on the mound, this time from Jake Bennett. The Oklahoma Sooner gave up just three hits in four innings, struck out three and didn’t allow any walks or runs. Austin Parsley came in to relieve Bennett, and after surrendering a leadoff single, he struck out the side in fifth. He exited in the eighth after allowing two hits through his three scoreless innings of relief, while striking out six en route to his first win for Bourne.
“Having run support’s awesome,” Bennett said. “You can really go out there, trust your stuff, let your defense work behind you and just fill it up.”
Eight out of nine players in the starting lineup finished with at least one hit. Schobel finished 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBI, and Colton Bender went 2-for-5 with two singles in his first appearance of the season behind the dish.
“With the practices we had this past week, we got to see some pitching, and I got blown up the first day and I didn’t have a very good day so it was nice to just get back in the swing of things,” Schobel said. “I know this league is typically pretty pitcher-heavy and you have a bunch of scouts out there with radar guns, so I mean everybody is trying to blow up the guns so you got to sit fastball.”
The Braves will be on the road once again tomorrow as they head to Cotuit for their first meeting of the summer with the Kettleers. Cotuit got off to a strong start on Opening Day, beating Wareham 8-5.
Cover photo via: Joe Sullivan