Four games in on the Patriot Cup series and it’s all deadlocked at two wins a piece for Hyannis and Cotuit.
The Harbor Hawks plated three runs in the seventh on July 11 at McKeon Park to beat the Kettleers, 5-2.
Five singles in the inning did the trick as Kyle Wilkie (Clemson) and Thomas Jew (Cal Santa Barbara) set the table with singles and Davis Wendzel (Baylor), Matthew Barefoot (Campbell), and Pedro Pages (Florida Atlantic) followed with singles for a 5-2 lead.
Hyannis jumped out to a 2-0 lead as Jew singled in the first, stole second, and came around on a wild pitch. In the fourth, Todd Lott (Louisiana Lafayette) took advantage of more Cotuit wildness as he singled, moved to second on a wild pitch, and came around on an infield error.
Michael Toglia (UCLA) singled to lead off the sixth for Cotuit and Thomas Dillard (Mississippi) followed with his second home run of the season to tie the score at 2-2.
Wendzel, Barefoot, Lott, and Jew had two hits for the Hawks, while Zach Biermann (Coastal Carolina) and Ryan Reynolds (Texas Austin) had two for Cotuit.
Riley Self (Mississippi) picked up his first win of the season on the mound, while Dylan Thomas (Hawaii) earned his fifth save.
The rivals will meet two more times as Cotuit hosts Hyannis on July 14, while the Hawks will travel to Cotuit on July 19.
Both teams also met on July 7:
July 7: Cotuit 8 – Hyannis 3: Thomas Dillard and Zach Humphrey (Texas Christian) each homered for the winners at Lowell Park.
Humphreys led the team with three hits, while Jonathan Robertson (Creighton) and Peyton Burdick (Wright State) had two apiece in support of winning pitcher John Baker (Ball State).
For Hyannis, Trevor Hauver (Arizona State) had three hits, while Davis Wendzel had two including a double. Matthew Barefoot (Campbell) also had two hits, while Braden Comeaux (Rice) and Pedro Pages each had doubles.
July 5: Falmouth 17 – Cotuit 7. Falmouth unleashed a powerful attack with 18 hits and four home runs to lead the way to victory. Michael Toglia helped the Cotuit cause with his first two home runs of the season and drove in three runs. Duke Ellis (Texas Austin) and Ryan Reynolds had two hits each, while Michael Salvatore (Florida State) added a two-run single.
July 8: Cotuit 4, Harwich 1: Winning pitcher Anthony Veneziano (Coastal Carolina) went six innings of one-hit ball and struck out five for the Harbor Hawks. Michael Toglia (UCLA) belted his third home run of the season and had two hits and two RBI. Veneziano’s teammate from Coastal Carolina, Cory Wood, had a pair of hits for the Kettleers. Garrett Gale (Rice) earned his third save on the season.
July 9: Bourne 9 - Cotuit 3. Jonathan Robinson and Thomas Dillard had third-inning RBI doubles to stake the Kettleers to a 3-1 lead, but Bourne picked up eight runs over the final four innings for the win. Adam Oviedo (Texas Christian) had two hits for Cotuit.
July 10: Cotuit 12, Orleans 7: The Kettleers erupted for seven runs in the eighth to win this one going away. Cotuit led 5-0 after four before the Firebirds closed to 5-3. Adam Oviedo and Ryan Reynolds (3 RBI) each belted solo home runs. Michael Toglia had three hits, Peyton Burdick (Wright State) had a double and two RBI, and Zach Biermann had a two-run single. Stephen Schock (Maryland Baltimore) earned his first win of the season on the mound.
July 5: Hyannis 7 – Yarmouth-Dennis 7. Darkness ended this game in the eighth inning after the home Red Sox scored a run in the last of the frame for the deadlock. Hyannis jumped out early on a two-run single from Seth Gray (Wright State), who finished with two hits. Teammates Braden Comeaux and Pedro Pages also added a pair of hits. Davis Wendzel drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk and Comeaux had a two-run single. It was the first tie of the season for Hyannis.
July 8: Hyannis 9 – Wareham 5. Seth Gray had three hits, while Braden Comeaux added two hits and scored three runs. Designated hitter William Holland (Auburn) also had a pair of hits as the Harbor Hawks scored in six of eight innings. Thomas Jew added a two-run single to support Ryan Pepiot (Butler), who earned his second win on the mound with four strikeouts in relief.
July 9: Hyannis 4 - Harwich 3. Davis Wendzel broke a 3-3 tie with his second home run of the season, leading off the seventh inning, for the eventual winning run. Hyannis scored three runs in the third on a bases-loaded walk to Matthew Barefoot (two hits), an error, and a Todd Lott fielder’s choice. Mississippi pitcher Keegan James pitched 2.1 innings and struck out three for a win. The relief corps of Riley Self, Adam Elliott (Louisville), and Brett Schulze (Minnesota) held Harwich to just one hit over the final two innings and Schulze earned the save.
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