WooBall Weekly: Bravehearts continue push towards the playoffs

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On Monday it was the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs returning to Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field less than 24 hours after handing the Worcester Bravehearts one of their worst losses in franchise history the previous Sunday afternoon.

It was the Bravehearts that would get on the board first in the bottom of the second inning when Rafael Bournigal and Brett Coffel both scored unearned runs. In the third they’d add three more runs on RBI singles by Pat DeMarco and Coffel. A Nick Santucci sacrifice fly capped the scoring in the frame.

The Dirt Dawgs came roaring back with four in the fourth, but Worcester grabbed the momentum back in the fifth on a Bryan Hart RBI single. After another Wachusett run the Bravehearts added two more of their own in the seventh on a Coffel RBI double–his fourth hit on the night–and a Santucci single.

Justin Willis got the win in a gutsy outing, throwing six innings and striking out nine to help give the Worcester bullpen a needed break. Matt Geoffrion added two innings of perfect relief before giving way to Frank Moscatiello in the ninth where he earned his franchise record seventh career save.

Tuesday it was Martha’s Vineyard visiting the HIP, and it was all Bravehearts early. Kevin Doody started the scoring in the first when he walked, stole second, and then scored on an infield error. In the fourth Coffel doubled in Bournigal, and then two batters later Coffel scored on a balk.

Unfortunately for Worcester the middle innings belonged to the Sharks, and the home town team found themselves down 7-3 after six and a half. In the bottom of the seventh the Bravehearts came alive once again, scoring four and knotting the game at sevens.

The frame started with a John Mazza single, and he scored on back-to-back errors by the Martha’s Vineyard infield. After a Doody walk loaded the bases Greg Kocinski roped a single scoring two. Doody would later score on another Sharks error.

With the score tied in the bottom of the ninth Worcester had the potential winning run cut down at the plate after a Bournigal single, but then Coffel crushed his second double of the game to score Bournigal for the 8-7 walk off win.

It was off to Nashua on Wednesday for the Bravehearts, and Worcester created a hill too high to climb early on as they fell 9-4 to the Silver Knights. The lone highlight for the Bravehearts was an eighth inning two-run homer by Hart.

On Thursday Pittsfield was the visitors, and Worcester got off to a quick start on a DeMarco RBI single in the bottom of the first. The Suns would tie the game in the fourth, and then they added single runs in the fifth and seventh to take a two run lead into the bottom of the ninth.

A Coffel walk started the comeback, and after a Dante Ricciardi single Coffel scored by way of a balk. A Mazza sacrifice fly scored D.Ricciardi to tie the score. The Bravehearts then loaded the bases behind a Pittsfield infield error and two singles, and DeMarco legged out an infield single as Mariano Ricciardi scored the game winning run for the 4-3 victory.

Billy DeVito started the game and threw five solid innings, allowing just four hits while striking out six. Cody Laweryson earned the win with four innings of stellar relief, strking out ten of the 14 batters he faced. That gave Laweryson 56 strikeouts for the season, a new franchise record for Worcester.

Over four thousand fans were at the HIP Friday to watch the Bravehearts take on Seacoast, but Worcester was unable to mount any offense at all in a 4-0 loss to the Mavericks. Sean Mellen was the hard-luck loser, striking out seven and allowing just one run. Anthony Auletta also had a decent outing, striking out five of the nine batters he faced.

After an off-day for Worcester on Saturday Nashua visited the HIP Sunday afternoon and got off to a fast start, scoring two in the top of the first. The Bravehearts got those two right back on a Kocinski RBI single and a Coffel infield grounder. But that tie didn’t last long as the Silver Knights continued to add runs while Worcester was having trouble getting baserunners.

To the bottom of the ninth the teams went with Nashua leading 10-2, and suddenly the Bravehearts bats came alive. After scoring five runs Worcester had the potential winning run at the plate, but an impressive defensive play by the Silver Knights first baseman put an end to Worcester’s rally as the Bravehearts lost 10-7.

210Sports’ Bravehearts of the week
Pitcher: For the third week in a row Cody Laweryson gets the nod, going 2-0 and striking out 14 batters in six innings. His 10 strikeouts against Pittsfield on Thursday broke his own record for strikeouts in a game by a relief pitcher. He also currently holds the franchise record for strikeouts in a season (56)
Batter: Brett Coffel wins this one for the first time this season, going 10-21 with three doubles and five walks over the his last six games. Coffel raised his batting average a whopping 52 points over that span.

This week’s opponents
Monday at Pittsfield, 7pm
Tuesday vs Nashua, 7:05pm (J.P. Riccardi Bobblehead)
Wednesday at Wachusett, 6:35pm
Thursday at Wachusett, 6:35pm
Friday at Nashua, 6:45pm
Saturday vs Bristol, 7:05pm (Worcester Art Festival/Jersey Auction)
Sunday at Pittsfield, 7pm

Around the FCBL
Monday
North Shore 5, @Martha’s Vineyard 4, 10 innings
Bristol @ Brockton, ppd, rain
Nashua @ Seacoast, ppd, rain

Tuesday
Wachusett 6, @Bristol 2
Brockton 7, @North Shore 5, completion of suspended game
@North Shore 1, Brockton 9, 7 innings
Nashua @ Pittsfield, ppd, rain

Wednesday
@Seacoast 5, North Shore 4, completion of suspended game
North Shore 3, @Seacoast 1, 7 innings
@Pittsfield 11, Brockton 10, HRD
@Martha’s Vineyard 11, Wachusett 6

Thursday
@Brockton 7, North Shore 6
Nashua 8, @Martha’s Vineyard 6
@Seacoast 6, Bristol 5

Friday
Wachusett 16, @North Shore 5
Pittsfield 8, @Nashua 2
@Brockton 8, Bristol 5, game 1
@Brockton 8, Bristol 3, game 2

Saturday
Nashua 5, @Wachusett 3
@Bristol 5, North Shore 4
@Pittsfield 12, Martha’s Vineyard 0
@Brockton 9, Seacoast 8

Sunday
Wachusett 8, @Seacoast 2
Martha’s Vineyard 4, @Brockton 2
@Bristol 4, Pittsfield 2, completion of suspended game
Pittsfield 2, @Bristol 0, 7 innings

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