By: PJ McDonald
YARMOUTH– Again, pitching was the name of the game for Yarmouth-Dennis versus Brewster on Monday afternoon at Red Wilson Field.
It was a hard-fought battle between the Red Sox and the Whitecaps, but it resulted in another draw between the two teams with a final score of 1-1. This is the second draw of the season between Y-D and Brewster and the second tie in a row for the Red Sox.
Drew Thorpe (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) pitched five innings, striking out five Brewster batters and only allowing two hits, one being a solo home run. The home run occurred in the first inning, and after that, Thorpe settled down and pitched four flawless innings.
The bullpen for Y-D once again showed up and was stellar as Ross Dunn (Florida State University and Andrew Marrero (University of Connecticut) combined for four scoreless innings of work, striking out eight batters and allowing only one hit.
The bats for Y-D were silent until the sixth inning when with one out, Brooks Lee (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) tied the game up at 1-1. This was Lee’s second homerun of the season; he continues to swing a hot bat, currently batting .387 (12-31) which is a team high.
“It felt like I couldn’t even feel it, honestly,” Lee said after his game-tying homerun. “Yeah, sometimes it doesn’t come off the bat like you think it would, but it does.”
Chase Lutrell (Long Beach State) went 2-for-4 on the night with two singles to right field, and Wyatt Hoffman (University of Pacific) went 1-for-2 with two walks, but Y-D couldn’t capitalize, leaving runners on base.
Coach Pickler talked about the need to improve the offense, but he doesn’t seem to be worried about it going forward.
“I thought we played good defense,” Pickler said. “We just didn’t get enough knocks. All three pitchers were outstanding. We gotta start to swing the bat a little bit. We gotta get a little more productive, that’s what it comes down to. We’re going to be fine.”
The Red Sox (3-2-3) look to break the streak of tie games and get a win on Tuesday night at Red Wilson Field against the Harwich Mariners (3-4-1). Nick Dombkowski (University of Hartford), who is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, will take the mound for the Red Sox.