Stellar pitching, timely offense lead Bravos to 4-0 start for first time since 2016

Stellar pitching, timely offense lead Bravos to 4-0 start for first time since 2016

By: Nick Galle 

Joe Lampe served as the sparkplug Wednesday night in Falmouth when he led the game off with a single and later came around to score on a throwing error. Friday night was no different, as the Arizona State speedster tallied Bourne’s first hit of the night to ignite a three-run third inning.

“My first at-bat of the game, I’m trying to see as many pitches as possible, just have a quality at-bat, get on base,” Lampe said. “If I get out I go back and report to the team, if not I’m on base and I’m trying to steal second to get in scoring position for guys like Reggie Crawford and Kyler Fedko.”

Along with Christian Knapczyk, Lampe made up the one-two punch at the top of the lineup that combined to go 4-for-8 with one RBI, two doubles, two runs scored and a walk that helped the Braves to a 4-1 win over the Harwich Mariners.

After being activated yesterday, Hunter Omlid started on the mound for the Bravos. Omlid went 13-1 this past season at Central Arizona College and fanned 97 batters in 89 2/3 innings. In his first appearance with Bourne, he went three innings, allowed three hits, one run and struck out three.

Braves relievers entered the evening with a 4.80 ERA, but shaved it down thanks to four scoreless innings from Michael Sansone, one from Trystan Vrieling and one from Eric Adler. The trio allowed just three hits, one walk and struck out six.

“This was my first outing in a couple weeks, so my main thing was just to go out there and just fill up the zone with (the) fastball (and) changeup, and what happened happened,” Sansone said. “But, I just had my stuff today so it was good.”

Bourne has now won its first four games for the first time since 2016. Through 36 innings of action, the Bravos have yet to trail an opponent.

“I think, really for everybody on this team, we all gel really well. We’re playing loose, we’re having fun, the way the game’s supposed to be played,” Adler said. “Down in the pen we’re supporting the fellas and when a guy has to get hot, he’s focused and locked in on the game. So I think the biggest part of it’s just staying loose and knowing your job and just staying within yourself, so that’s what’s been giving us a lot of success these past four games.”

The Braves will return home for the first time since Opening Day tomorrow for a matchup with the Wareham Gatemen at 6:00 p.m. Wareham is 2-2 to start the season after earning back-to-back wins against the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox and Orleans Firebirds.

Cover photo via: Joe Sullivan