ORLEANS, MA: The battle of Gator pitchers was in favor of the man who started for Orleans.
Bobby Poyner (Florida) faced off against teammate Tucker Simpson (Florida) on Sunday in an interdivision battle between the Gatemen and the Firebirds with Orleans completing the shutout at Eldredge Park, 2-0.
Poyner was stellar. The Florida lefty tossed five innings of shutout baseball, only giving up three hits and striking out five.
Simpson was decent as well but when the offense is quiet, that becomes the headline of any game.
He went four and two-thirds innings giving up only one run on five hits and striking out two.
Orleans got its first run in the fifth when Vince Conde, Greg Allen and Collin Slaybaugh all singled. Slaybaugh’s single scored Conde from third to give the Firebirds a 1-0 lead.
Sunday’s game saw the debut of Will Coursen-Carr (Indiana). The Hoosier lefty pitched in the seventh inning. Jordan Betts (Duke) led off with a walk and later advanced to second on an Allen single. Angelo La Bruna then pinch ran at second for Betts and came around to score on a Jordan Luplow sacrifice fly to right field.
This gave Orleans the 2-0 lead and the game for good.
The offense continues to be quiet for the Gatemen, but more help is on the way. Brett Pirtle (Mississippi State) should be arriving shortly in Wareham to help the offense pick things up.
The next game for the Gatemen is back at Spillane Field on Tuesday against the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox at 7 p.m.