WooBall Weekly: Bravehearts struggle as they dip below .500 for the season


Monday saw the Brockton Rox visiting the Worcester Bravehearts at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, and early on it was a see-saw affair that had Worcester ahead 4-3 after six. The Bravehearts runs came via two Rox errors and a fifth inning two-run double by Pat Demarco.

In the top of the seventh Brockton tied it, but in the home half Worcester sent 12 batters to the plate as they blew the game open with a seven run frame. The runs started with a Joe Caico RBI double, and then he scored on a Trevor Jensen single.

Two more runs would score on additional Rox errors, and a Demarco single would give the Bravehearts their fifth run of the innings. Caico then singled for his second hit in the frame, knocking in two more runs. Brockton would grab a run in the eighth for the 11-5 final.

Brian Auerbach earned the win with four solid innings in relief, striking out six. Newcomer Justin Willis started the game and went three innings, striking out four.

On Tuesday sudden heavy rains forced a postponement of Worcester’s game with Bristol. No make-up date has been announced.

Wednesday it was up to Portsmouth to take on Seacoast for the Bravehearts, and again it was another back and forth contest early with Worcester having a 3-2 lead after six and a half. The Bravehearts scored an unearned run in the fifth and added two more on a Trevor Johnson double.

Unlike Monday it was the opponent that then got a big inning, and while a Johnson RBI single made it respectable Worcester ended up on the wrong end of a 7-4 final.

Thursday it was off to Pittsfield for the Bravehearts, and as has been a huge issue all season one poor inning did the boys from Worcester in as they dropped an 8-7 contest to the Suns. Highlights for Worcester was Johnson going 4-4 at the plate, and John Friday and John Mazza both hitting doubles.

Friday was a scheduled off-day for the Bravehearts, which really just saved them the trouble of getting ready to play only to be postponed by the weather as all four FCBL games were either postponed or suspended mid-game due to rain.

Saturday had Worcester visiting Bristol, and the Bravehearts fell behind early as the Blues put up three in the bottom of the second. Worcester came roaring back in the next half on a Greg Kocinski two-run double and a Friday RBI single.

In the fifth the Bravehearts took the lead on a Friday sac-fly, but Bristol got two on the home half and then a late insurance run to hand Worcester its third loss in a row.

Sunday the Bravehearts went off to Lynn to take on North Shore, and the game started off on a bad note as starter Jack Hodgson did not retire any of the four batters he faced and then had to leave due to an injury. The Navigators would eventually score three runs in the inning.

Worcester answered right back with four in the top of the second, with the runs coming on a Mazza RBI single, a Kevin Doody sacrifice fly, and a Johnson two-run double. It looked like that one run lead would hold up as both pitching squads took over, but a North Shore homer in the seventh tied the game.

After going scoreless through the tenth inning the game went to the Home Run Derby, which the Navigators won 2-1 giving them a 5-4 win in the game. The bad news in the injury front might be got worse than just Hodgson as Caico did not participate in the Home Run Derby after being lifted from the game in the fourth inning.

Hopefully the injury bug that seems to have caught up with Worcester the last couple weeks doesn’t result in any long term issues for players.

210Sports’ Bravehearts of the week
Pitcher: Brian Auerbach is this week’s winner, going 1-0 with 11 strikeouts over ten innings in two relief appearances.
Batter: Trevor Johnson gets the nod this week, recording nine hits in 16 at-bats over the week. Johnson also walked three times for an OBP of .650.

This week’s opponents
Monday at Bristol, 7pm
Tuesday vs Wachusett, 1:05pm
Wednesday at North Shore, 7pm
Thursday vs Pittsfield, 10:30am (Camp Day)
Friday vs Nashua, 7:05pm (Fireworks Friday)
Saturday OFF DAY
Sunday at Pittsfield, 5pm

Around the FCBL
@Wachusett 13, North Shore 5
@Pittsfield 6, Seacoast 5
Martha’s Vineyard @ Nashua, ppd, rain

@Martha’s Vineyard 11, Pittsfield 8
@Brockton 2, Nashua 0
Seacoast 3, @North Shore 0, susp 4th inning, rain

@North Shore 2, Brockton 1, HRD
Wachusett 5, @Pittsfield 4
@Bristol 5, Nashua 2

@Seacoast 12, Martha’s Vineyard 5
@Brockton 10, Bristol 7
@Nashua 12, Wachusett 6

@Bristol 3, Pittsfield 0, susp 2nd inning, rain
Brockton 4, @North Shore 2, susp 5th inning, rain
Martha’s Vineyard @ Wachusett, ppd, rain
Seacoast @ Nashua, ppd, rain

Wachusett 12, @Martha’s Vineyard 3, game 1
@Martha’s Vineyard 10, Wachusett 9, game 2
@Seacoast 7, Brockton 3
North Shore @ Pittsfield, ppd, rain

@Wachusett 8, Pittsfield 4
@Nashua 6, Bristol 5
Martha’s Vineyard @ Seacoast, ppd

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