WooBall Weekly: Bravehearts clinch playoff spot on final day of regular season


On Monday it was off to Pittsfield for the Worcester Bravehearts to take on the Suns, and in the top of the third Rafael Bournigal gave Worcester a 1-0 lead with an RBI single.

The Bravehearts blew the game open in the fifth, batting around and scoring five times. The first run came on a Pat DeMarco RBI double, and two batters later Brian Goulard singled in two runs. Dante Ricciardi then roped a single to right, scoring two more runs.

Pittsfield scored on in the home half of the fifth, but Worcester got that one right back on a Brett Coffel RBI double in the sixth. The Suns would add a run in the ninth for the 7-2 Bravehearts victory.

Starting pitcher Justin Willis upped his record to 2-1 on the season with five good innings, striking out five. Tyler Lonestar picked up the three-inning save.

On Tuesday the Nashua Silver Knights visited Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, and once again Worcester jumped out quick when Greg Kocinski ripped a double to knock in a run. Nashua answered back with two in the third, and then added another run in the seventh for a 3-1 lead. Kocinski got it to 3-2 with another RBI double, but that was as close as the Bravehearts would get in dropping a 4-2 final.

Wednesday Worcester was scheduled to go to Wachusett, but Mother Nature had other ideas and the game was postponed. Luckily the two squads were already scheduled to play again at the Dirt Dawgs on Thursday.

In game one of the doubleheader the Bravehearts took the lead in the top of the third on a Kocinski RBI single, and then added two more in the top of the fifth when he homered. But Wachusett has some power hitters in their lineup too, and in one swing of the bat the teams were tied after five.

To extra innings the teams went, and in the top of the eighth Kocinski homered again to give Worcester the lead. Two batters later Goulard hit his first home run as a Braveheart as Worcester went on to win 6-3. Frank Moscatiello earned his seventh save of the season, setting a new Worcester record.

In the nightcap the Dirt Dawgs jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, handing the Bravehearts an 8-1 loss. Worcester’s lone highlight was a DeMarco RBI single.

Friday the Bravehearts went to Nashua to take on the Silver Knights, and the Worcester bats exploded for a franchise record tying 21 hits as the Bravehearts cruised to a 12-4 victory.

Kevin Doody led the way with five hits, tying Worcester’s single game record, and scored three runs. Kocinski and Goulard were both three for six with a double. Bournigal also had three hits on the night. Every Bravehearts batter had at least one hit in the game. Lonestar had another good outing, getting the win in a five and a third inning relief stint.

On Saturday the Bristol Blues came to town to take on the Bravehearts. Before the start of the regularly scheduled game the two squads finished a game that had been suspended in mid-July during the middle of the third inning with the score 1-1.

In the sixth Worcester took the lead on a Coffel RBI double and a DeMarco RBI single, but the Bravehearts couldn’t hold that lead in the seventh as they fell to the Blues 4-3.

The first game loss must have really shook Worcester as the team made a franchise record tying six errors in game two and looked completely out of sorts in a 7-0 loss to Bristol. In the game starting pitcher Sean Mellen stuck out eight batters to claim the franchise’s single season strike out mark.

On Sunday it was off to Pittsfield, and to make the playoffs the Bravehearts had to win against the Suns. As has happened a lot this season Worcester fell behind early, but the Bravehearts showed they still had some fight in them by tying the score in the third on a Kocinski RBI double.

In the fourth Worcester took a two run lead on a Bryan Hart RBI triple and a Bournigal double that drove Hart home. That was all starting pitcher Sebastian Gruszecki and Willis would need as they slammed the door shut the rest of the way for the 3-1 playoff clinching final.

210Sports’ Bravehearts of the week
Pitcher: Justin Willis gets the nod this week, earning two wins and striking out 11 and allowing just a single run in 11 innings pitched.
Batter: Greg Kocinski is the choice this week, going 12-29 (.414) with five doubles, two home runs, and eight RBI. Kocinski also scored five runs and had a .739 slugging percentage.

This week’s opponents
Tuesday at Wachusett, 6:30pm
Remaining playoff dates TBD

Around the FCBL
@Martha’s Vineyard 8, North Shore 5
@Wachusett 16, Bristol 2
@Brockton 18, Seacoast 4, game 1
@Brockton 5, Seacoast 2, game 2

Wachusett 8, @North Shore 1
Martha’s Vineyard 16, @Seacoast 4
Bristol 4, @Pittsfield 2

North Shore @ Bristol, ppd, rain
Brockton 8, @Seacoast 3
Martha’s Vineyard 11, Nashua 10, HRD

@North Shore 11, Martha’s Vineyard 10
Brockton 3, @Nashua 2
@Bristol 10, Pittsfield 2

Martha’s Vineyard 9, @Brockton 8, HRD
Seacoast 3, @North Shore 1
Wachusett 8, @Pittsfield 5

Seacoast 7, @Martha’s Vineyard 2
Pittsfield @ North Shore, ppd, rain
Brockton @ Nashua, ppd, rain

@Seacoast 11, Nashua 4, game 1
Nashua 12, @Seacoast 2, game 2
Brockton 23, @North Shore 2
@Bristol 3, Wachusett 1

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