By: Nick Galle
Deja vu is defined as “the illusion of having previously experienced something actually being encountered for the first time.” But for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks, that illusion became a reality on Wednesday night.
After the Braves put together a five-run eighth inning on Tuesday night to take a lead, they came right back less than 24 hours later with a five-run bottom of the sixth to erase a 5-1 deficit at Doran Park. The Hawks answered with two runs in the top of the seventh, but none of that mattered when Cayden Wallace sent a walk-off single over the right fielder’s head in the bottom of the ninth.
“I was just trying to see ball, hit ball honestly tonight. This is the third time playing them (this week), so you know it’s tough to win three times and I’m just trying to help the team win,” Wallace said. “I’ve been there before multiple times. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I had a few that didn’t work at Arkansas and one that did, but (I) just try to be me.”
Wallace extended his hit streak to six games, going 2-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and one run scored. Through those six games, he has gone 9-for-26 (.346) with six RBIs, four doubles and five runs scored.
The Louisville tandem of Christian Knapczyk and Dalton Rushing also had a strong night at the dish. The Cardinals combined to go 5-for-7 with one RBI, four runs scored and three walks.
“Our coach always says just see the ball deep and try to go the other way and I mean we’re getting pitched away, away, away everything, so I think it’s kind of all coming together,” Knapczyk said. “I mean we’re just feeding off each other. If one of us does good, we’re doing good, so it’s just been cool.”
With the departures of Gordon Graceffo, Nick Zwack, Peter Van Loon and Andrew Taylor, Ken Turner found himself in a starting role Wednesday night. He went four innings, gave up four hits, two runs and struck out three.
“It was good to kind of get a start going, it’s what I did at school, so it felt good to be able to get a start under my belt and hopefully another one eventually,” Turner said. “I usually take about 30-40 minutes to get warmed up, so that’s about the only thing different instead of only having a few minutes to get warmed up, so (I) definitely felt a lot more comfortable starting instead of relieving.”
Bourne has an off day tomorrow, but will be back in action at 5 p.m. on Friday for a battle with Yarmouth-Dennis. The Braves beat the Red Sox 10-3 back on July 10 behind 15 hits and a 4-for-5 night from Rushing.
Cover photo via: Joe Sullivan