After two weeks the Worcester Bravehearts found themselves in an unfamiliar location: last place. The third week of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League started off like the last one ended for Worcester as the losing streak continued. After the streak hit double digits the Bravehearts finally managed to get it all together and with solid play ended the week on a three game winning streak. The good news for the Bravehearts is despite the extended losing streak they find themselves just four losses behind the division leaders. With so much time left in the season it’s hardly a significant margin, especially if Worcester can string a few more wins together.
On Tuesday the Bravehearts losing streak continued on to nine games after the bats went silent against the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs as the Worcester offense was only able to scrounge out three hits in a 1-0 loss. Pitchers Greg Stagani, Clayton Dostal, and Logan Fullmer all had solid outings for Worcester in the defeat. David Griffin picked up the win for the Dirt Dawgs, scattering the Bravehearts hits over seven innings.
Wednesday it was North Shore invading the Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field and a first inning RBI single by Michael Logsdon put the Bravehearts ahead early, but the Navigators came storming back with multiple run innings in the second, fifth, and eighth to take a commanding lead. A three run bottom of the ninth was too little, too late as Worcester’s losing streak hit 10 games in a 7-5 loss. Bobby Indeglia went 0-1 but had three walks and scored each time he reached base for the Bravehearts. Richie Fecteau went 3-4 for North Shore.
Thursday saw the Bravehearts visiting Bristol to take on the Blues, and after 10 losses in a row for Worcester pitcher Dylan Collett took matters into his own hands and threw seven innings of nearly perfect baseball to lead the Bravehearts to a 4-0 win over the Blues. Collett scattered just three hits, all singles, over seven innings while striking out eight. After a shaky eighth inning Charlie Butler settled down for a 1-2-3 ninth to end Worcester’s franchise record losing streak.
Seacoast was the opponent Friday at the HIP, and it was Zack Tower‘s two run single in the bottom of the third inning to put the Bravehearts up for good in a 5-3 win for Worcester over the Mavericks. Tower finished the game 2-4 with a homerun and 3 RBI while Adam De La Cruz struck out two in the bottom of the ninth for his first save of the season. Seacoast’s Ryan Gendron continued his hot season with a solo shot in the ninth inning.
Saturday saw the Bravehearts heading to Martha’s Vineyard, which is a place Worcester was probably not looking forward to going to play a game after losing every regular season game there last season. It didn’t start out well when the Sharks put up two runs in the first, but Bravehearts starter Bobby Maxwell retired 15 of the next 16 batters he faced keeping Worcester in the game. In the top of the seventh it was Logan Brown‘s two-run double that tied the game for the Bravehearts, and then Willie Allen followed with an RBI single for a 3-2 Worcester lead. Luke Brennan held the lead for 2 1/3 innings, setting up De La Cruz’s second save of the season.
Sunday’s home game against Torrington was postponed due to unsafe field conditions after several hours of heavy rainfall made the outfield into a small lake. It will be made up July 1st as part of a double header with Torrington.
210Sports’ Bravehearts of the week
Pitcher: Dylan Collett for his 7 inning, three hit, eight strike out win over Bristol on June 18th.
Batter: Zack Tower, who went 3-13 with a homer and 4 RBI for the week.
This week’s opponents
Tuesday at Brockton, 6:35pm
Wednesday vs Pittsfield, 7:05pm
Thursday vs Nashua, 7:05pm
Friday at Martha’s Vineyard, 7pm
Saturday vs Bristol, 7:05pm (Post-game fireworks)
Sunday vs Pittsfield, 5:05pm
Around the FCBL
The Bristol Blues hosted the Brockton Rox in a morning contest and behind a three run second inning the Blues came out on top 3-1. Catcher Ryan Rinsky went 2-4 with an RBI for Bristol with pitcher Dominic LoBrutto allowing just three hits and an unearned run over six innings… The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks used a five run fifth inning to hold off the visiting Pittsfield Suns 7-4. Domenic De Renzo went 2-4 with an RBI for the Sharks, while Brendan Geary had a fourth inning two-run homer for the Suns… The Seacoast Mavericks went south to Torrington and used single runs in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings to defeat the Titans 5-1. Matt Mayo went 1-3 with 2 RBI in the winning effort for the Mavericks, while Dean Lockery went 2-3 for Torrington… North Shore took on the Nashua Silver Knights and a combined shutout by Ryan McAuliffe, Thomas Lane, and Speros Varinos lead the Navigators to a 3-0 win. Jimmy Hand went 2-3 for Nashua in the loss.
The Titans and Rox combined for 18 runs and 23 hits in Torrington’s 10-8 win at Brockton, with Joel Roman‘s grand slam homer in the top of the eighth being the eventual game winner. Titans catcher Nick Garland also homered in the contest and went 3-4 with 4 RBI of his own. Designated hitter Nick Johnson was 3-6 with an RBI and Tommy Marcinczyk went 2-4 with 3 RBI in the losing effort for Brockton… Bristol’s Kyle Dube allowed a first inning home run to Mavericks first baseman Louis Mele, but that was all Seacoast could muster against the Blues in a 3-1 victory for Bristol. Dube scattered five hits over seven innings and struck out nine. Robert Paccione had two punch-outs in the ninth for his second save of the season… Nashua would jump out to a quick lead at Wachusett, but the Dirt Dawgs clawed their way ahead with a four run fourth inning en route to a 6-3 win. Wachusett second baseman Chris Chiaradio was 2-3 with a three run homer, while Tyler Schwanz had a home run in a losing effort for the Silver Knights… Martha’s Vineyard traveled to Pittsfield and jumped out to an early lead, but the Suns rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat the Sharks 6-4. Ryan Olmo went 2-3 with a solo home run and Cam O’Neill added two doubles for Pittsfield. Brian Campbell went 3-4 with two doubles and an RBI for MV.
Brockton’s CJ Dandeneau, Jake Fishman, and Conor Russell combined for an eight hit shutout of the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs in a 5-0 win for the Rox. Tommy Stoffel went 3-5 for Brockton while Dirt Dawgs second baseman Chris Chiaradio went 3-4 in a losing effort… It was all Sharks when Seacoast visited Martha’s Vineyard, with MV coming out on top 8-3. Jon Mayer led the Sharks with a 3-4, 4 RBI night and Brian Campbell added a two run homer for MV. Ryan Gendron went 2-4 with a double and a homer for the Mavericks… North Shore went into the top of the ninth up three at Torrington and with a six spot in their half of the inning put the game far out of reach in an 11-2 victory for the Navigators. Giovanni Dingcong homered for North Shore, while center fielder Tanner Bush went 3-5 with 2 RBI. Pitcher Thomas Lane contributed a four inning save for the Navigators.
North Shore used three run outbursts in the third and sixth innings to defeat the host Pittsfield Suns 6-4. Steve Xirinachs allowed just one unearned run over 6 2/3rds innings for his third win on the season for the Navigators. Speros Varinos notched his fifth save of the campaign striking out three in two innings of work… Nine innings was insufficient to determine a winner of the Wachusett and Torrington contest after a Dean Lockery sacrifice fly for the Titans sent the game into extras, where Joe Paparelli‘s bases loaded walk in the bottom of the tenth gave Torrington the 5-4 come from behind win. Ray Krieger earned the win for Torrington with two solid innings of relief… Ryan Moloney had a solid seven inning outing for Nashua in the Silver Knights 3-1 win at Bristol, allowing just Zach Scott‘s solo shot in the sixth inning to cross the plate. Ben Bengtson went 2-4 with 2 RBI in the victory, while Davis Strong went 2-3 with a walk for the Blues… Martha’s Vineyard manufactured a couple of second inning runs but then gave up a third inning four spot and three more runs in the fifth to lose to Brockton 7-3. Blake Oyler got the win for the Rox with four innings of solid relief, allowing just a single run in his stint. Sharks catcher Jon Mayer went 2-3 with two doubles before being replaced in the sixth inning.
The Silver Knights scored two runs in both the second and sixth innings and then watched as North Shore put up three runs in the ninth and had a runner in scoring position before Nashua could finally record the final out in a 4-3 win. Center fielder Nick Angelini went 2-4 with an RBI for the Silver Knights while left fielder Tanner Bush went 2-3 for the Navigators… The Blues put up a three spot in the second inning, followed it with single runs in four others, and then held on for dear life as the Dirt Dawgs made a multi-inning comeback before Bristol finally held on for a 7-5 win. Blues catcher Stephen Octave went 3-4 with two doubles and 2 RBI. Wachusett was led by Justin Brock‘s two run eighth inning homer… Pittsfield went north to Seacoast and found themselves down two after one inning. The Suns came roaring back with consecutive three run innings in the middle frames en route to a 7-4 win. Ryan Olmo and Casey McCone both homered for Pittsfield, while Ryan Gendron launched his FCBL leading sixth home run for the Mavericks… The Rox and Titans were rained out, with the game will be made up with a doubleheader on July 26 at Torrington.
Mother Nature was the winner Sunday with Bristol @ Pittsfield, Wachusett @ Seacoast, Martha’s Vineyard @ North Shore, and Torrington @ Worcester all postponed due to rain and/or poor field conditions. The only game played was Nashua at Brockton, and a six run seventh inning by the Rox overcame a three run deficit to give Brockton an 11-8 win over the Silver Knights. For the Rox Billy Endris went 2-5 with a double and 3 RBI and Shane Adams walked and scored three times. Kevin Connor struck out three in 1 1/3rd innings for Nashua.