Tuesday it was the New Britain Bees visiting Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field with the Bravehearts needing to rack up wins, but as has happened often this season an opponent put up a big crooked number in an inning that WooBall just couldn’t overcome as they went down in defeat 6-4. The Bees opened the scoring in the first, but Cam Seymour tied it with one swing in the second for his 12th homer of the season.
The Bees then took a 6-1 lead with a run in the fifth and four in the sixth. Worcester made a game of it with three in seventh on a Gavin Noriega single and a Jake Marquez two-run double, but that was as close as they could get.
It was off to Campanelli Stadium in Brockton on Wednesday for Worcester, and once again they fell behind early and couldn’t rally in a 3-2 loss. Down two entering the third WooBall grabbed a run on a wild pitch. Brockton got that run back in the fifth. Jake Marquez‘s 8th frame solo home run cut the Rox lead to 3-2, but that was it for the scoring.
Centennial Field on the campus of the University of Vermont was the host Thursday for the first of two in a row at the lake Monsters for WooBall and another crooked number inning was their downfall in a 6-2 loss. Worcester’s two runs came in the fourth on an infield error and an Andrew Chronister RBI single. That gave them a brief 2-1 lead. In the bottom of the fifth Vermont scored five times, and that was eventually your final.
Friday was the return engagement, and the Bravehearts still had a mathematical chance at the postseason. That chance disappeared when they could only muster two hits in a 10-2 loss that eliminated them from playoff contention. WooBall took an early lead on a run scored off a double play ball. They retook the lead in the second on an infield error, but Vermont went up 3-2 in the home half and never looked back. The loss officially eliminated WooBall from the FCBL playoffs.
With nothing but pride at stake on Saturday when Norwich visited the HIP the game was all but over before many of the 3,392 fans had found their seats as the Sea Unicorns scored five runs in each of the first two innings as Worcester was mercied 15-2 in seven innings. The Bravehearts’ runs came on a Gavin Noriega first frame RBI double and a fifth innings RBI single from Trey Bourque.
Sunday’s game in Nashua started on time, but a pop-up thunderstorm soaked the field in the fourth inning, and with nothing to play for the game was abandoned. Sometimes the FCBL counts the stats for the portion of the game that was played, so we’ll pay attention to that just for accuracy’s sake.
210Sports’ Bravehearts of the week
Pitcher: Gavin Price is this week’s winner, going eight and a third innings over two appearances, allowing six hits and an unearned run while striking out nine.
Batter: Gavin Noriegamakes it two weeks in a row by going 5-15 with two doubles and two RBI.
This week’s opponents (Schedule subject to change)
See you in 2023!
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Around the FCBL
@Pittsfield 7, Nashua 6 (game 1. 7 innings)
@Pittsfield 2, Nashua 1 (game 2, 7 innings)
Vermont 11, @Norwich 8
@Westfield 9, Brockton 4
@Norwich 5, Vermont 1
@New Britain 6, Pittsfield 5 (10 innings)
@Nashua 6, Westfield 5
Pittsfield 12, @Nashua 1 (7 innings, mercy)
Brockton 7, @Westfield 3
New Britain 4, @Norwich 3
@Norwich 4, Nashua 1
Pittsfield 12, @Westfield 2 (8 innings, mercy)
New Britain 10, Brockton 4
@Vermont 7, Brockton 4
@New Britain 10, Westfield 7
Nashua 13, Pittsfield 2 (7 innings, mercy)
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