(Photos Courtesy of Zach Foley)
By Kieran Wilson
Y-D’s bats came alive on Friday night at Doran Park against the Bourne Braves. They totaled 14 runs on 16 hits, with six players recording multi-hit games. Not to be outdone, the Y-D pitching staff also shut out the Braves’ bats, allowing nine hits and striking out eight.
Of the Red Sox’s team effort, manager Scott Pickler said, “It was contagious. They hit all the way up and down the lineup…We had that one inning where everyone was putting together swings. But I think Finnegan [Wall, the team’s starter,] set the table for the whole day, he was really good.”
The Red Sox scored their first runs of the night in the third inning thanks to the top of the lineup. Enzo Apodaca worked a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Then, Ryan Stafford singled him home with a hit to right field. Stafford stole second and scored on Braden Montgomery’s hustle double to right field, and after a Hunter Hines walk, Brady Day singled through the hole at shortstop to drive in Montgomery, putting Y-D up 3-0.
Looking to distance themselves further from Bourne, Y-D loaded the bases with one out in the fourth inning. With Ryan Jackson, Theo Hardy, and Enzo Apodaca on base, RJ Austin hit an RBI double into right field. But they didn’t stop there, as Montgomery hit a three-run home run to center field, blowing the game wide open for Y-D with the score at 8-0. The team added another run in the fifth after a throwing error by the Braves’ shortstop allowed Ryan Jackson to score from third.
In the top of the sixth, with Austin on first, Montgomery laced a double into left field that scored Austin, giving Montgomery five RBIs on the night. They kept pouring it on, scoring four more runs in the inning, on hits by Zander Darby, Ryan Jackson, and Theo Hardy and a sacrifice fly from Enzo Apodaca, giving Y-D a 14-0 lead.
Finnegan Wall was masterful on the mound for Y-D, pitching six full innings while only allowing four hits and striking out six Bourne batters. Win Scott followed him in the seventh, and in his first appearance for the Red Sox, he struck out one batter in one inning of work. Braden Montgomery pitched in the eighth, and after going 3-5 with a homer and five RBIs as a hitter, he loaded the bases but struck out Garrett Michel on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning.
Max Banks took the mound in the ninth, hoping to preserve the 14-0 shutout and he did just that. With one out, he allowed a walk and a single but Theo Hardy turned a double play on a lineout to end the game.
This win moves the Red Sox’s record to 22-16-1, with a five-point lead over Orleans for first place in the East. Their next opponent will be the Harwich Mariners in a game that will take place at “Red” Wilson Field on Saturday.