Rain played havoc with the Futures Collegiate Baseball League’s schedule this week, with nine of the 22 scheduled contests being postponed either due to it raining or poor field conditions that resulted from the rain. The Worcester Bravehearts had four of those postponements, and that likely had a lot to do with their 1-2 record in the games they did manage to get in.
On Monday rain washed out the Worcester’s game against the North Shore Navigators at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field. That game will made up as part if a double header between the two teams on June 27th, and the Bravehearts tweeted fans who have tickets to the postponed game can use them for any other Bravehearts game this season.
With all the heavy rains from the night before Tuesday’s school day contest against Brockton at Campanelli Stadium was, according to the Rox twitter account, “canceled”. Worcester is scheduled to make three more trips to Brockton so we’ll pay attention to see if that game is eventually rescheduled.
On Wednesday before the St Louis Blues ripped out the hearts of Boston Bruins fans the Bravehearts had to deal with some Blues of their own as Bristol visited the HIP. With the Bravehearts billing themselves as the “Worcester Worcesters” and celebrating the 139th anniversary of Lee Richmond’s first ever perfect game in Major League Baseball history it was the Blues putting up zeros on the scoreboard as they blanked the Bravehearts 3-0.
Despite only getting two hits in the contest Bristol managed to put up two runs in the second and one in the eighth.
Worcester threatened in the first with a Mariano Ricciardi single and Jakob Sessa double with no outs, but they couldn’t push a run across. Just two more times in the contest did Worcester have runner reach second, Paul Coumoulos in the fourth and Ricciardi in the sixth.
The Bravehearts had a scheduled off day Thursday, and on Friday hosted the Rox. It didn’t take long for returning first baseman/designated hitter Mack Cheli to put up some numbers as in the second pitch of his first at bat with the team this year he ripped a double to score Ricciardi, who had walked to lead off the inning. Cheli and Ben McNeill would then score on an infield error.
Brockton got two in the top of the second, but in the bottom of the fourth Worcester got those back on an RBI double by Ricciardi, who then scored on a McNeill single to make it 5-2. The Rox would then tie it with two runs in the fifth and one in the top of the sixth.
In the home half of the the sixth Idelson Taveras doubled, took third on a wild pitch, and then scored on an infield error to give the Bravehearts eventual the 6-5 win. Christopher Macca picked up the win in relief, and Angelo Baez earned his second save of the campaign with a two inning effort, retiring all six batters he faced and striking out three.
On Saturday Worcester visited Wahconah Park and the Pittsfield Suns, and while the Bravehearts pitching was more than good enough to win for the second time in three games their bats were all but silent in a 2-1 loss to the Suns in 10 innings. The Suns scored their first run in the bottom of the third and it looked like that may have been enough until the top of the eighth when Nicholas Martin tripled and then scored on a wild pitch to tie it 1-1.
In the top of the tenth Worcester played some small ball to get a runner to third with less than two out, but couldn’t get the timely hit. In the home half Pittsfield loaded the bases and then got a single to walk off 2-1. Troy Klemm started the game for the Bravehearts and pitched well enough to win, scattering four hits over five innings. Travis Owens had four strikeouts in two innings of relief.
Sunday’s doubleheader in Lynn against North Shore was, yeah, you guessed it, rained out. No make up dates were announced.
210Sports’ Bravehearts of the week
Pitcher: Angelo Baez from St. Thomas Aquinas is the winner, striking out three of the six batters he faced and earning the save in Worcester’s only win during the rain shortened week.
This week’s opponents
Monday vs Westfield, 6:30pm “Teacher Appreciation Night”
Tuesday vs Bristol, 6:30pm “Bark in the Park Night”
Wednesday at Pittsfield, 6:30pm
Thursday at Bristol, 7pm
Friday at North Shore, 7pm
Saturday at Bristol, 7pm
Sunday vs North Shore, 4pm “Trip to the Zoo Day featuring the Zooperstars!”
Tickets to Bravehearts home games can be purchased online or by calling (508) 438-3773.
Around the FCBL
@Nashua 7, Westfield 2
Pittsfield @ Bristol, ppd, rain
North Shore 4, @Bristol 2
Pittsfield 11, @Nashua 5
@Brockton 10, Nashua 8
@Pittsfield 7, Westfield 3
@Brockton 10, Bristol 6
North Shore @ Westfield, ppd, rain
Pittsfield @ Nashua, ppd, rain
@North Shore 3, Westfield 1
Nashua 9, @Bristol 2
@Nashua 8, Westfield 1
@Brockton 5, North Shore 4
Nashua @ Westfield, ppd, rain
Pittsfield @ Bristol, ppd, rain