WooBall Weekly: Bravehearts stay above .500 with a three win week

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Monday saw the entirety of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League schedule rained out except for the Worcester Bravehearts visit to Martha’s Vineyard, and like the previous Sunday it was one bad inning that caused Worcester some issues.

The Sharks took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third, but the Bravehearts answered right back in the top of the fourth when two Martha’s Vineyard errors and a wild pitch allowed Joe Caico to score.

In the sixth inning the Sharks took advantage of two hit batsmen and an untimely infield error by Worcester to put up four runs. The Bravehearts would get one back in the top of the ninth on a Trevor Jensen RBI single, but it was not enough as the Bravehearts ended up on the wrong end of a 5-2 final.

Starter Sean Mellen stuck out seven in 5.1 innings, while reliever Kendall Pomeroy struck out two of the four batters he faced.

On Tuesday every FCBL game was postponed due to the rain.

Wednesday saw the Seacoast Mavericks visit Worcester in the first of two “Baseball in Education Day” matinees at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field. The Bravehearts got on the board early behind a Kevin Doody second inning RBI single.

Seacoast took the lead after the top half of the fourth by plating four runs, but the Bravehearts came roaring back with six of their own in the bottom half of the frame. Caico doubled to lead off the home half of the fourth, and then scored on Doody’s second RBI single of the game. Worcester scored another run off a Mavericks error, and then Doody scored on Trevor Johnson‘s single to tie the game.

Tommy Walraven would give the Bravehearts the lead for good with an RBI double, and then Brett Coffel tacked on a couple more runs with his RBI double scoring Johnson and Walraven. In the sixth Worcester added to their lead behind RBIs by Walraven and Caico.

In the seventh Nick Santucci doubled and scored on Mariano Ricciardi‘s RBI single. Johnson then tripled to knock in M.Ricciardi. A Jensen sacrifice fly capped the scoring in the frame. M.Ricciardi added another RBI in the eighth as Worcester scored two runs in the inning for the 14-5 final.

The second “Baseball in Education Day” matinee took place Thursday against North Shore. The Bravehearts got on the board in the bottom of the second behind a John Friday RBI single and an RBI gound out by Derek Adamson.

In the fourth back-to-back doubles by Greg Kocinski and Caico scored a run, and then Caico scored on a Navigators error. North Shore grabbed a couple runs in the top of the fifth, but a Walraven sacrifice fly in the bottom half got one of those runs back for Worcester.

In the seventh the Bravehearts added four runs, the last two coming on Adamson’s 2RBI single. North Shore added a run in the top of the eighth for the 9-3 final. Starter Jack Hodgson earned his first win of the season striking out seven in five innings.

Friday night had Worcester traveling to Portsmouth, New Hampshire to take on Seacoast, and behind a franchise record setting five home runs in the game cruised to a 12-2 victory.

Jensen started the scoring in the first with a solo shot, and Caico’s blast in the fourth made it 2-0. In the fifth the Bravehearts went back-to-back when Jensen hit a two-run blast for his second homer of the game and two pitches later Kocinski launched a solo shot. In the ninth Johnson added a two run homer for the 12-2 final.

Doody and Friday both went 3-5 on the night while starter Billy Devito retired the first 12 Mavericks he faced en route to his first win on the season.

With an odd number of teams in the FCBL this season every day at least one team has the day off, and on Saturday it was Worcester’s turn.

On Sunday the Bristol Blues came to the HIP, and the Bravehearts found themselves down a run after the opening half inning. In the bottom of the first Worcester got two baserunners by way of walks, and then Kocinski hit his second homer in as many days to give the Bravehearts a 3-1 lead. Kocinski became just the fourth Worcester batter to hit home runs in consecutive games.

The Bravehearts added a run in the second on a Johnson double, and scored again in the sixth on a Bryan Hart sacrifice fly. It looked like Worcester was cruising toward an easy win, but Bristol put up a run in the eighth and then got a three run blast in the ninth to steal a 6-5 victory.

210Sports’ Bravehearts of the week
Pitcher: Billy DeVito gets the nod, striking out five and not allowing an earned run in a six inning win at Seacoast Friday. DeVito retired the first 12 batters he faced in the game.
Batter: Greg Kocinski wins the award this week, going 5-11 with a double, 2HR, and 5RBI. Kocinski had an OBP of .571 for the week, and slugged 1.091 in three games.

This week’s opponents
Monday vs North Shore, 7:05pm (Guaranteed Win Night)
Tuesday at Seacoast, 6:35pm
Wednesday at Bristol, 7pm
Thursday vs Martha’s Vineyard, 7:05pm (Spags Night/Bobblehead)
Friday at North Shore, 7pm
Saturday at Nashua, 6:05pm
Sunday vs North Shore, 4:05pm (200K Fan Celebration/Father’s Day Catch)

Around the FCBL
Monday
Brockton @ Seacoast, ppd, rain
Bristol @ North Shore, ppd, rain
Wachusett @ Nashua, ppd, rain

Tuesday
Bristol @ Pittsfield, ppd, rain
North Shore @ Nashua, ppd, rain

Wednesday
Nashua 2, @North Shore 0
@Pittsfield 4, Bristol 3
@Wachusett 14, Martha’s Vineyard 13; HRD

Thursday
Nashua 8, @Seacoast 1
Brockton 5, @Martha’s Vineyard 4
@Pittsfield 13, Bristol 3

Friday
Wachusett 3, @Bristol 2, game 1
@Bristol 5, Wachusett 2, game 2
@Brockton 9, North Shore 2
@Pittsfield 6, Nashua 4

Saturday
Nashua 8, @North Shore 3
@Pittsfield 5, Wachusett 1
@Bristol 6, Seacoast 4
@Brockton 13, Martha’s Vineyard 4

Sunday
@Nashua 8, Martha’s Vineyard 7
@Seacoast 2, Pittsfield 1

For frequent updates on the Worcester Bravehearts follow @210Darryl on twitter.
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