The Worcester Bravehearts entered the week on a two game losing streak and unfortunately that trend continued throughout the week as Worcester dropped all six games it played to extend the skid to eight games and to drop into last place in the FCBL’s West division with a 2-8 record. Last season the Bravehearts were never under .500 and their longest losing skid was four games, so this is new territory for the franchise. It will be interesting to see how the team handles the on the field problems it has.
Tuesday saw a new record attendance set at the Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field with 4,091 fans at the park for “Baseball in Education Day”, but it was the Brockton Rox who taught the Bravehearts a lesson or two as the home town team went down 10-4. Brockton was led by Nick Johnson, who went 3-5 with 3 RBI. Left fielder Charlie Ameer went 2-4 with two runs scored on the afternoon for Worcester.
On Wednesday the Bravehearts went out to Pittsfield to take on the Suns, and while pitching has been the usual issue for Worcester it was the hitters that couldn’t get the job done out west in a 4-2 loss. Pittsfield’s Adam Erkis went 6 solid innings and the bullpen did the rest for the Suns. For Worcester, pitcher Luke Brennan struck out two of the three batters he faced.
Thursday it was Bristol invading the HIP and with the Blues scoring runs in the first seven innings the bats of the Bravehearts just couldn’t keep up in a 9-7 loss for Worcester. Davis Strong went 3-5 with three runs scored for the Blues while Zack Tower had the first homer of the season for the Bravehearts.
Worcester’s bats fell silent again on Thursday, but with solid pitching Bobby Indeglia‘s RBI single in the 5th inning was enough to get the Bravehearts into extra innings against the Torrington Titans. Unfortunately for Worcester the only hit they got after Indeglia’s single was a 12th inning double by Michael Logsdon, and a bases loaded single by Joe Paparelli in the bottom of the 13th was the difference in a 2-1 loss by the Bravehearts.
Saturday the Bravehearts went north to take on the Seacoast Mavericks, and a poor start saw them down three after one inning. Ameer would get Worcester back into the game with a solo shot in the seventh inning, and later in the frame the Bravehearts would load the bases but could only push across one more run in dropping a 4-2 contest. Louis Mele went 2-3 with a three-run homer for Seacoast.
It was a see-saw affair when the Bravehearts visited Torrington Sunday, with Worcester failing to hold 1-0 and 2-1 leads before finding themselves down 4-2 after three complete. Single runs in the fifth and seventh got Worcester back to even but two unearned runs by the Titans in the eighth inning put the Bravehearts down for good as Worcester lost 6-4. Bobby Dragon went 1-2 with 2 RBI and a couple walks in the losing effort for the Bravehearts.
210Sports’ Bravehearts of the week
Pitcher: Clayton Dostal, who went 3.1 innings with no runs allowed and three strikeouts
Batter: Catcher Alex Sanchez is the easy winner this week, going 5-11 with a triple and nine walks over six games.
This week’s opponents
Tuesday vs Wachusett, 7:05pm
Wednesday vs North Shore, 7:05pm
Thursday at Bristol, 7pm
Friday vs Seacoast, 7:05pm (Post game fireworks)
Saturday at Martha’s Vineyard, 7pm
Sunday vs Torrington; 5:05pm (March of Dimes Jersey Auction)
Around the FCBL
In the lone game of the night the Nashua Silver Knights visited the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs and it was all offense as the clubs combined for 21 hits and 19 runs in a 14-5 win for Nashua. For the Silver Nights Manny Cruz was 4-6 at the plate while Ryan Sullivan went 2-3 with 2 HR and 3 RBI. Justin Silvestro went 3-5 with a home run and 3 RBI for Wachusett.
On the back end of their home and home, the Dirt Dawgs visited the Silver Knights and after allowing a three spot by Wachusett in the top of the first inning Nashua held the Dirt Dawgs scoreless the rest of the way, and behind a three run inning of their own in the fifth the Silver Knights came out on top 5-3. Nashua was led by catcher Matt Foley, who went a perfect 4-4 on the day with a double and 2 RBI, while Lucas Olen scattered three hits in 5 2/3 relief innings. The North Shore Navigators went north for a game against the Seacoast Mavericks and the Navigators scored runs in seven of the nine innings to cruise to a 13-3 victory. North Shore shortstop Brandon Fischer went 3-5 on the night with four RBI, while Tanner Bush added an eighth inning three-run homer. The Bristol Blues went out to Martha’s Vineyard to take on the Sharks and were on the wrong end of an 8-0 score when the game was called after five innings. Jeff Gelinas went the distance for MV, allowing four hits while striking out five while right fielder Donovan Casey went 3-3 with 3 RBI.
It was the first true pitcher’s duel of the season in the FCBL when the Navigators hosted the Mavericks in the second game of a home and home and defeated Seacoast 1-0 behind six very solid innings by Ryan McAuliffe. Austin French was the hard-luck loser for the Mavericks, allowing just the one run over six innings while striking out nine. It was anything but a pitcher’s duel when Wachusett hosted Bristol as the teams combined for 20 hits and 18 runs in the Dirt Dawgs 10-8 win over the Blues. Ryan Costello, Strong, and Christian Whigham all homered for Bristol while Alex Lefevre and Jason Fatzinger had round-trippers for Wachusett. Martha’s Vineyard visited the Torrington Titans and overcame four errors to win 4-3. Bobby San Martin had 2 RBI for the Sharks while Cody Doyle went 3-4 for Torrington in the losing effort.
The Titans visited Doyle Field to take on the Dirt Dawgs and Paparelli’s bases loaded double in the sixth inning helped lead Torrington to a 10-5 victory over Wachusett. Paparelli finished with 4 RBI in the game. Silvestro went 2-5 with 3 RBI for the Dirt Dawgs. The Sharks had a five run fifth inning at Seacoast with both Ryan Kelly and Chris Weiss homering, but it wasn’t enough as Martha’s Vineyard fell to the Mavericks 8-5. Ryder Arsenault had a second inning three-run homer to lead Seacoast. Pittsfield had the FCBL’s first walk-off win of the season when Matt Morales scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth as the Suns scored four times in the frame to beat Nashua 4-3. Ryan Olmo went 3-4 for the Suns while Sullivan had a two run homer to pace the Silver Knights. The Rox used home runs by Tommy Marcinczyk, Tommy Stoffel, and Austin Filiere to defeat North Shore 9-4. Stoffel had 5 RBI in the game.
Brockton pitchers CJ Dandeneau, Jake Fishman, and Adam Falcon combined for a two hit shutout of Seacoast in the Rox 6-0 victory. Shane Adams had a three run seventh inning homer, and JD Andreessen added a two run homer later in the inning. North Shore catcher Ricky Smith‘s sixth inning 2 RBI single proved to be the difference in the Navigators’ 5-3 win over Bristol. Speros Varinos had three strikeouts in 1 2/3rds innings pitched in picking up his second save of the week. Wachusett’s Thomas Mahoney had a complete game six inning shutout of Pittsfield in a rain shortened contest. Dirt Dawgs outfielder Max DiTondo went 2-3 in the game, and Kurtis White added a fifth inning solo homer in the 6-0 win. The game on Martha’s Vineyard between the Sharks and Nashua was suspended by fog with the Silver Nights leading 3-2. The game will be resumed at a later date.
Bristol’s Gerrad Rohan had a bases loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning to drive in two runs to give the Blues a 4-3 walk off win against Pittsfield. Bristol starter Troy Terzi scattered seven hits and struck out six but did not get the decision for his solid effort. The Navigators put up three run innings twice against the Rox in Brockton, and that was more than enough for pitchers Steve Xirinachs and Daniel Metzdorf as they led North Shore to a 6-2 victory. The Dirt Dawgs went out to the island to take on Martha’s Vineyard but couldn’t find an answer to the Sharks offense as MV put up multiple runs in three innings and cruised to a 9-3 win. MV third baseman Weiss went 4-5 with 2 RBI for the night. The Titans visited the Silver Knights and after falling behind early Torrington scored single runs in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings to grab the lead, but Jack Halpin‘s 2 RBI single in the bottom of the seventh capped a three run inning for Nashua as they went on to win 5-3.
The Mavericks and Rox needed 11 innings to decide a winner in their game, with Tommy Stoffel knocking in the winning run for Brockton in the road half of the 11th after going to the mound from first base to pitch in relief. Stoffel went 3-5 at the plate with 2RBI, and struck out four batters in three innings of one hit relief for the win. North Shore visited Pittsfield and started off quick with a Richie Fecteau first inning solo shot but the Suns put up single runs in the first, second, and fifth innings in route to a 3-2 win over the Navigators. Dom Grillo notched his third save of the season striking out two of the three batters he faced. Wachusett took a trip down to Bristol and came back winners 2-1 behind eight solid innings by Steve Colella, who scattered five hits and allowed just a single run. Rohan went 3-4 in a losing effort for the Blues. It took 19 innings and over five hours to determine a winner in the game between the Sharks and Silver Knights, and it was Brian Campbell‘s RBI single in the top of the inning that was the game winner. Tyler Schwanz went 5-9 for Nashua to raise his batting average over 100 points for the season.