The Worcester Bravehearts came out of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League’s All-Star break Thursday with a game hosting the Nashua Silver Knights, and it was a night of pitching at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field as Worcester came out on top in the 2-0 contest.
Eric Chavarria earned the win with seven strong innings, allowing three baserunners in the first two innings and then retiring the last 16 batters he faced. He finished the game with nine strikeouts. Bryce Hellgeth earned his ninth save of the season, and now holds both the Bravehearts single season and career saves marks.
For the runs Ben Rice earned earned an RBI with a bases loaded walk in the sixth inning, and Jakob Sessa added an RBI single in the seventh. Sessa finished the game going 3-4. Jack Gardner went 2-4 with a triple.
On Friday it was off to Muzzy Field in Bristol for Worcester to take on the Blues, and once again the pitchers ruled the game but with a not as good result for the Bravehearts as they dropped a 4-2 final.
Worcester grabbed a run in the top of the first when Mariano Ricciardi scored on a double play ball. It was Ricciardi’s 108th game with the Bravehearts, setting a new franchise career mark. Bristol got the run back in the bottom of the first, and then added runs in the third, fourth, and fifth to take a 4-1 lead.
In the seventh Worcester scored a run on an infield error for the eventual 4-2 final. Nicholas Martin led the Bravehearts at the plate, collecting three of the team’s five hits.
On Saturday it was the Brockton Rox visiting a toasty HIP, and it was a close game for awhile but in the end it was all Rox as Worcester dropped a 15-6 contest.
After giving up three in the top of the second the Bravehearts would answer in the bottom of the third with Ben McNeill and John Thrasher each getting RBI singles. In the fourth they’d get another run on a wild pitch to make it 3-2. Brockton got another run in the top of the fifth, but in the home half Worcester tied it on a Rice RBI single and a Gardner sacrifice fly.
And then it got ugly, with the Rox putting up 11 runs over the final four innings. The Bravehearts did manage two runs in the bottom of the seventh when Rice doubled, took third on a passed ball, and scored on a wild pitch. Later in the inning McNeill added a sac fly.
On Sunday it was the Westfield Starfires visiting the HIP, and once again it was the pitchers that ruled the day in Worcester’s 4-1 win. Angelo Baez picked up his fourth win of the season with an incredible seven inning effort, striking out ten and not walking a batter. Christopher Macca pitched a perfect eighth inning, throwing just nine pitches while striking out one. Jakob Barker matched that effort in the ninth to earn the save.
In the first inning Thrasher and Sessa put up back to back singles, and then they both scored on an infield error. In the fifth Sessa launched a home run to make it 3-0. Westfield got an unearned run in the top of the sixth, and in the eighth Paul Coumoulos drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
210Sports’ Bravehearts of the week
Pitcher: Eric Chavarria of Cypress College gets the nod this week, winning Thursday’s game with a seven inning stint, allowing two hits and a walk in the first two innings, and then retiring the last 16 batters he faced. He finished the game with nine strikeouts.
Batter: Jakob Sessa from St. Petersburg College is this week’s winner, going 7-12 with a home run in three games this week. He had two RBI and scored four runs during the short week.
This week’s opponents
Monday vs Pittsfield, 5:45pm “Bark in the Park”
Tuesday vs Brockton, 6:30pm “Hockey Night presented by Worcester Railers”
Wednesday OFF DAY
Thursday at Pittsfield, 6:30
Friday vs Nashua, 7pm “Military Appreciation Night” and “Post-Game Fireworks”
Saturday at Westfield, 6:30pm
Sunday vs Pittsfield, 4pm “Lunch Box Giveaway”
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Around the FCBL
@Brockton 11, Pittsfield 0
@North Shore 10, Westfield 7
Brockton @ Bristol, ppd, rain
@North Shore 7, Brockton 6 (game 1, 7 innings)
Brockton 8, @North Shore 4 (game 2, 7 innings)
@Nashua 10, Westfield 7
Pittsfield 5, @Nashua 2
@Bristol 5, Westfield 3
@Pittsfield 8, North Shore 4
@Nashua 4, Bristol 3