for immediate release: 8 August, 2003
Bourne turns tables on Hyannis with 6-0 win
HYANNIS--The Bourne Braves evened the best-of-three West Division Playoffs with a 6-0 victory over the Hyannis Mets on Friday afternoon at muggy McKeon Park. Bourne's convincing win over the Mets forces the series into a third and deciding game, which will be held on Saturday at Coady Field in Bourne.
The Braves scored their runs far more efficiently than the Mets did in the first game. They had 12 hits, putting runners on base in each of the first seven innings and scoring in the second, fifth, and seventh innings. Three of those hits came from leadoff batter Sean Dobson, who drove in the first two runs of the game with a base hit to center field. Devin Ivany had two singles and scored twice for Bourne, first on a fifth-inning double to left field by Andrew Toussaint and then on 2-for-4 Matt Tolbert's second single of the game in the seventh.
The three-run seventh was when Bourne put the game out of reach, loading the bases on an error and two singles with one out. A Clifton Remole single followed by Tolbert's hit and a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch allowed the runs to come home. The inning also signaled the end for Mets starter Zach Jackson, who took the loss for Hyannis after surrendering six runs (four earned) on eleven hits. Jackson struck out five and walked two in 6 1/3 innings.
Meanwhile, the Braves copied the Hyannis formula for success from Game 1, beginning with outstanding starting pitching. Eric Beattie did the starting work and got the win, allowing only two hits in eight innings while striking out 12 and walking one. Tim Grant followed Beattie with a perfect ninth inning in a non-save situation. The two pitchers were so dominant that the Hyannis singles (one by Brian Hall, the other by Jonathan Tucker) were the only balls hit out of the infield by the Mets in the game.
Bourne completed the formula and finished off Hyannis with a sure-handed defense. The infielders were kept busy throughout the game, turning a pair of double plays and fielding several difficult ground balls with ease. The defensive highlight of the game was a line drive that Beattie quickly snared to rob Sam Fuld of what would have been the third Hyannis hit.
Pitching in relief for Hyannis was Tim Morley, who went two-thirds of an inning with one strikeout, and Travis King, who hurled two no-hit innings.
Stats of note...the similarities between the first two games are striking; not only was the home team held scoreless in both games, but it mustered only two hits and saw its ace leave the game with four earned runs and six total runs charged to him...just as Kyle Schmidt had no problems against Hyannis until the playoffs, Jackson had previously breezed past Bourne with a 2-0 record and a 1.59 ERA in two regular season starts and 17 innings pitched...A.J. Shappi of Hyannis will face Vincent Bongiovanni of Bourne in the third game, which will be the only game in Cape League action on Saturday.
Will Bussiere, Hyannis Mets