WooBall Weekly: Bravehearts still in playoff hunt as FCBL hits All-Star break

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On Monday the Worcester Bravehearts headed to the Nutmeg State to take on the Bristol Blues, and the Bravehearts jumped out to a quick lead in the top of the first on a Greg Kocinski sacrifice fly and a John Friday RBI groundout. The Blues would slowly chip away at the lead, and after five full Bristol had a two-run lead of their own.

In the sixth inning Worcester tied the game on a Pat DeMarco two-run single, and then took the lead in the seventh on a Kocinski RBI single. Cody Laweryson got the save in a strong two inning stint.

On Tuesday the Bravehearts set sail for Martha’s Vineyard to take on the Sharks, and Worcester got on the board once again in the top of the first when Kevin Doody scored from second base on an infield error.

Martha’s Vineyard would tie the game in the bottom of the second, but Worcester would explode for four runs in the top of the third. The first would score on a Friday single, and on the next pitch Rafael Bournigal smoked a three run homer. The lead was short lived as the Sharks put up four runs in their half of the third.

Kocinski then homered to start off the fifth to give the Bravehearts the lead, but as the fog rolled in Martha’s Vineyard was able to plate two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 7-6 lead. That’s how it ended as the game was called due to the fog.

On Wednesday Bristol was in town for a double header, but heavy rains caused the first game to be suspended after the top of the third inning with the score tied 1-1. The game will be picked up at a later date, and the second game has been officially canceled.

On Thursday it was back to Martha’s Vineyard for another game against the Sharks, and weather once again played a role as with the score tied 1-1 in the top of the fourth inning the game was suspended due to rain, to be picked up the next day…

…and in a first for the Bravehearts they were the road team at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field for the completion of Thursday’s game before taking on the Sharks in the back half of their home-and home series Friday.

Technical issues have the details in Game Live for that completed portion of the game not currently available, but it was a Trevor Johnson triple that drove in the winning runs in a 4-1 victory for Worcester. Frank Moscatiello earned the save.

In the regularly scheduled game, and with the Bravehearts back into their home whites, Worcester may have spent a little too much time celebrating their earlier win as the home town team found themselves down a couple after two. The Bravehearts evened the score in the bottom of the third with a two-RBI double by Friday.

A Bournigal RBI groundout gave Worcester the lead in the fourth, but the Sharks came right back to tie it the next half inning. In the bottom of the sixth the Bravehearts broke the game open with four runs in the frame.

A Johnson single scored Doody for the first run, and eventually he would score on a Joe Caico bases loaded walk. An infield error then scored two more for Worcester. Moscatiello entered the game in the top of the seventh and recorded three strikeouts for 7-4 Worcester victory, helping Matt Geoffrion pick up his first win of the season

Saturday it was the Seacoast Mavericks visiting the HIP, and the Bravehearts opened the scoring in the bottom of the first. Johnson began the frame with an infield hit and advanced on an error. After Johnson tagged up on a towering fly ball out to dead center by Bournigal Kocinski drove him in with another deep fly out.

Worcester continued to crush the cover off the ball, but each instance it was either right at a seacoast player or a Mavericks outfielder made a great play on the ball. The Seacoast hitters were also hitting the ball hard but theirs found open spots.

Through seven and a half the Bravehearts were down five runs, and a Johnson sac fly in the eighth and Dante Ricciardi ninth inning RBI were too little, too late in the 6-3 loss for Worcester.

On Sunday the Bravehearts went out to Pittsfield to take on the Suns, and after opening up a big lead Worcester saw it slowly fade away until Pittsfield scored in the bottom of the ninth to win it 12-11.

210Sports’ Bravehearts of the week
Pitcher: Cody Laweryson wins this week with his two inning save against Bristol. Laweryson struck out three of the seven batters he faced.
Batter: Greg Kocinski gets the nod this week, going 9 for 17 (.529) with three doubles, a home run, and five RBI. Kocinski also walked three times, stole two bases, and scored six rubs.

(Editor’s note: Stats from the completed suspended game with Martha’s Vineyard are not included in the “Bravehearts of the week” numbers)

This week’s opponents
Monday OFF DAY
Tuesday OFF DAY
Wednesday OFF DAY
Thursday OFF DAY
Friday vs Wachusett, 7:05pm (Fireworks Friday)
Saturday vs Brockton, 7:05pm (Hockey Night)
Sunday vs Wachusett, 4:05pm (Superhero & Princess Day)

Around the FCBL
Monday
@Brockton 9, Martha’s Vineyard 7
@North Shore 5, Wachusett 0
Pittsfield 8, @Seacoast 5

Tuesday
@Wachusett 8, Bristol 2
@Pittsfield 8, North Shore 7
@Nashua 5, Seacoast 3

Wednesday
Nashua 13, @Brockton 7
North Shore 14, @Martha’s Vineyard 7
Seacoast @ Wachusett, ppd, rain

Thursday
North Shore 13, @Nashua 7
Pittsfield @ Bristol, ppd, rain
Wachusett @ Brockton, ppd, rain

Friday
@Nashua 7, Pittsfield 1
Seacoast 13, @North Shore 2
Brockton @ Bristol, ppd, rain

Saturday
Brockton 7, @Wachusett 1, 8 innings, game 1
Brockton 1, @Wachusett 0, game 2
North Shore 7, @Pittsfield 1, game 1
North Shore 10, @Pittsfield 4, game 2
@Martha’s Vineyard 5, Nashua 4

Sunday
Wachusett 17, @Seacoast 3
@Brockton 6, Nashua 3
Bristol 6, @North Shore 4

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

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