By: Nick Galle
The Braves wasted no time getting runs on the board last time they were at Guv Fuller Field. Headlined by a Reggie Crawford solo home run, Bourne tallied two runs in the top half of the first inning before bringing 13 baserunners around to score against the Commodores on June 23. On Friday night, early offense was the theme once again.
After scoring no more than three runs in each of the past three games, the Bravos erupted for three runs in the top of the third inning thanks to an RBI double from Max Anderson and a two-run home run from Dalton Rushing.
“Honestly today I think we overcame quite a bit. It’s been misting, just about the whole game (and) gets a little tough to see up there,” Rushing said. “I think we kind of conquered going to the plate and just doing the small things instead of trying to do way too much. A few of us got a little big, including myself, there toward the middle of the game, end of the game. Things didn’t go our way, but just glad we could pull out a win.”
Hunter Omlid got his second start of the season following a three-inning performance against Harwich on June 25. The future Grand Canyon University Antelope went four innings and allowed four hits, two runs, only one of which was earned, walked one and struck out four while dealing with a heavy mist throughout the majority of his start.
Field manager Harvey Shapiro brought in Michael Sansone to relieve Omlid, and the 5-foot-8 left-hander was phenomenal. He went four innings, allowed one hit, one run, walked one and struck out three to earn to his second win of the summer.
Entering the evening with a .412 batting average, Colton Bender continued to see the ball well and went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Christian Knapczyk went 3-for-5 with one RBI and one run scored, Joe Lampe went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, two stolen bases and a walk and Anderson went 2-for-4 with a double, one RBI and one run scored.
“If you look in the Cape League, there’s going to be some days where there’s some more runs scored than other days, and usually it’s because of the team’s starting pitching,” Shapiro said. “We’re going to get a game that we’re going to have a bad game. We’ve been fortunate that we haven’t had it, but it’s going to happen because that’s baseball.”
After their trip to Falmouth, the Braves will be back home tomorrow night at 6 p.m. for their second meeting of the year against the Wareham Gatemen. Bourne beat Wareham 6-5 on June 26 in a game that featured a nail-biting finish. The Gatemen are 3-4-2 on the season.
Cover photo via: Joe Sullivan