After a couple days off the Worcester Bravehearts were back at it Wednesday when the Pittsfield Suns came to town. Unfortunately three first inning errors by Worcester put them behind the eight-ball, and they never fully recovered in a 10-5 loss to the Suns. The Bravehearts would end the game with a record tying six errors.
Dante Ricciardi led the way for Worcester going 3-4 with a triple and two runs scored, and newcomer John Mazza also added a triple.
Thursday had the Bravehearts heading to Brockton for a twin-bill, and in game one Brett Coffel put Worcester ahead with a second inning home run. The Rox would tie it in the bottom half, but the Bravehearts would retake the lead in the fourth when Greg Kocinski doubled and Coffel singled him in.
In the fifth Joe Caico launched a two run blast for what would be the 4-1 final. Starter Sebastian Gruszecki picked up his first win of the season, and Tyler Lonestar came on in relief for the save.
In game two Worcester grabbed three runs on a Coffel two-run double and a Kevin Doody RBI single in the fourth. Brockton came roaring back with four in the fifth and two in the sixth and things did not look good for the Bravehearts. But the boys from Worcester would not give up.
Worcester’s first run of the seventh inning comeback came on a Brockton error, and several batters later John Friday knocked in two with a single to right. Doody, who stole three bases in the game tying the Bravehearts single game record, then drove in the eventual game winner with a single to left.
Jack Owens picked up his first win of the year with an inning of scoreless relief, and Frank Moscatiello notched his second save in two chances.
On Friday the Nashua Silver Knights made a visit to the HIP and jumped out to an early lead 1-0. Worcester took the lead in the bottom of the fourth on a Kocinski two-run double. In the top of the fifth Nashua would tie it, but in the bottom half the Bravehearts retook the lead on a Trevor Jensen bases loaded walk.
The Silver Knights rallied in the eighth to tie it again, but in the bottom of the ninth and with the bases loaded Jensen flared one to shallow right field that dropped between three Nashua defenders to score the winning run. Cody Laweryson earned the win in relief.
It was off to Bristol Saturday for Worcester and early on it looked like the Bravehearts were going to walk away with an easy win. In the second inning Worcester grabbed a couple runs with the help of some defensive issues by the Blues. In the third Doody singled and then stole second, tying the Worcester mark with steals in five straight games. He’d eventually score on an error and wild pitch, and in the fourth Caico added an RBI single for a four run lead.
That looked like more than enough as starting pitcher Billy DeVito was mowing down Bristol hitters, tying the Bravehearts single game strikeout record with 11. But as had happened a lot this season the Worcester defense started having issues and surrendered five runs over the last three frames for the Blues as the Bravehearts dropped a 5-4 final.
On Sunday Worcester visited Wachusett, and early on it was ugly as the Bravehearts found themselves down eight runs after three innings. In the top of the fourth Worcester started their comeback with a Caico homer, a Kocinski single, and then a Jenson home run. But the Dirt Dawgs answered right back with three of their own as the Bravehearts found themselves back down by eight again.
In the fifth Worcester sent nine batters to the plate and scored four runs with Jensen, Friday, and Coffel all earning RBI. In the sixth it was all nine batters getting to the plate again for the Bravehearts as they put up four more runs. Jenson had a two-RBI single and D.Ricciardi had a sacrifice fly for an RBI.
In the bottom of the sixth Wachusett got one back, but in the top of the seventh Worcester would take the lead on a Kocinski three-run homer. That lead was short lived as the Dirt Dawg bats came alive again as they put up four runs in the bottom of the eighth for the 16-14 win.
210Sports’ Bravehearts of the week
Pitcher: Billy DeVito gets the nod here for tying the Bravehearts franchise record of 11 strikeouts in a game on Saturday. He now leads the team in strikeouts at 29 on the season.
Batter: Trevor Jensen wins it this week, batting .500 with two doubles, a home run, and seven RBI. Jensen walked four times and slugged .917 for the week.
This week’s opponents
Monday vs Brockton, 7:05pm (Paint Night at the Park)
Tuesday vs Bristol, 7:05pm (Bark in the Park)
Wednesday at Seacoast, 6:35pm
Thursday at Pittsfield, 7pm
Friday OFF DAY
Saturday at Bristol, 7pm
Sunday at North Shore, 5pm
Around the FCBL
Brockton @ Wachusett, ppd, rain
Wachusett 8, @Seacoast 5
Nashua 11, @North Shore 6
@Brockton 11, Martha’s Vineyard 9
Pittsfield 13, @Bristol 11 (10 innings)
Wachusett 2, @Nashua 0, game 1
@Nashua 7, Wachusett 5, game 2
@Seacoast 9, Brockton 3
Bristol 9, @Martha’s Vineyard 6
@North Shore 3, Bristol 0, game 1
@North Shore 8, Bristol 1, game 2
@Wachusett 16, Seacoast 3
Martha’s Vineyard 11, @Pittsfield 6
North Shore 12, @Seacoast 1
@Bristol 7, Martha’s Vineyard 6
Wachusett 11, @Pittsfield 10, HRD
Wachusett 9, @Nashua 6
Seacoast 6, @Martha’s Vineyard 2
@Brockton 7, North Shore 2
Bristol 13, @Martha’s Vineyard 8
@Brockton 4, Nashua 1
@North Shore 16, Pittsfield 6
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