With the Future’s Colligate Baseball League kicking off its summer season last week the Worcester Bravehearts began their march for a third consecutive league championship Thursday with an outing in Portsmouth, New Hampshire to take on the Seacoast Mavericks.
Worcester would open the scoring in the top of the fourth when Joe Caico grounded to second driving in Matthew Diesel. Chad Miller then laced a single scoring Mike Coggeshall, who had doubled earlier in the frame. Seacoast would get one back in the bottom of the fourth, but in the top of the sixth Caico would grab a couple more RBI with a two-run homer. Miller would follow with a solo shot for a three run frame.
Seacoast would end up tying the game 6-6 after seven innings, but Miller would smash his second homer of the game in the top of the eighth to give the Bravehearts a two run lead. The Mavericks would get a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth from Kyle Vesnesky, but that would be all the scoring in an 8-7 victory for Worcester. For his two homer effort Miller was named the Futures League Batter of the Night.
Despite the high score it was really a night to note the Worcester pitchers, who combined to set a franchise single game record 18 strikeouts. Starter Cody McPartland stuck out seven in his five innings of work, allowing just an unearned run. Eventual game-winner Peter Bovenzi followed with a couple of tough innings, but managed to record all six of his outs by way of the strikeout. Pat McGowan picked up the save for his two innings of work, where he notched five strikeouts.
Friday night the Bravehearts had their home opener, and would get all the runs they needed just two batters into the game when Miller smoked a triple to right field, and then was singled home by Rafael Bournigal. In the seventh inning Zack Tower would add a couple of insurance runs with a two-run blast, but they were proved unneeded as Greg Stagani and Frankie Moscatiello combined to blank the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs 3-0.
Stagani scattered seven hits in his five innings of work, striking out seven and allowing no walks in picking up the win. Moscatiello followed with four crisp innings for the save, allowing just a single baserunner while punching out seven. Those seven strikeouts by Moscatiello set the franchise single game record for a reliever, and he was named Futures League Pitcher of the Night.
On Saturday Martha’s Vineyard came to town, and while Worcester has had playoff success against the Sharks in the regular season the Bravehearts just can’t seem to find a way to consistently beat the team from the island. It was a game for a couple of innings, but the roof fell in for Worcester in the top of the third when after loading the bases Martha’s Vineyard catcher Gage Lanning roped a double to left field to clear the bases. The Sharks would add two more runs in the fifth for a 5-0 lead.
The Bravehearts would make a respectable with a two-spot of their own in the bottom of the sixth, with Matt Rothenberg earning an RBI with a groundout to third and Diesel scoring on a wild pitch, but it wouldn’t be enough as Worcester dropped their first game of the season 5-2.
Sunday’s match-up with the Titans in Torrington was postponed due to rain. A makeup date hadn’t been announced by posting time.
210Sports’ Bravehearts of the week
Pitcher: Frankie Moscatiello wins the week one honor, striking out 7 of the 14 batters he faced while allowing just one to reach base. He earned a save in Friday’s win.
Batter: Chad Miller is the opening week’s winner, going 4 for 13 with a triple, two home runs, and 4 RBI.
This week’s opponents
Tuesday at Pittsfield, 10:30am
Wednesday vs Bristol, 10:30am (Baseball in Education)
Wednesday vs Wareham Gatemen, 6:30pm (exhibition)
Thursday vs Pittsfield, 10:30am (Baseball in Education)
Friday at Bristol, 7pm
Saturday at Torrington, 7pm
Sunday at Torrington, 6pm
Around the FCBL
Bristol 5, @Wachusett 3 (10 innings)
Nashua 5, @Seacoast 1
Pittsfield 11, @Torrington 7
Torrington 9, @Wachusett 4
@Martha’s Vineyard 6, North Shore 3
Nashua 6, @Brockton 0
Bristol 5, @Pittsfield 3 (12 innings)
@Nashua 5, North Shore 4
@Torrington 9, Brockton 4
@Bristol 6, Pittsfield 2
Seacoast 4, @North Shore 0
@Pittsfield 9, Nashua 8
Wachusett 11, @Brockton 8 (11 innings)
@Bristol 3, Torrington 1
Brockton 7, @Martha’s Vineyard 2
North Shore @ Seacoast, ppd/rain
Bristol @ Nashua, ppd/rain
Pittsfield @ Wachusett, ppd/rain
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