BREWSTER, MA: Brewster CF Aaron Judge (Fresno State) showed Cape Cod why he won the College Homerun Derby early last week in Omaha, Nebraska. He hit a 2-run homer to break a scorelss tie the fourth inning and later added a double to spark the Brewster offense and lead the Whitecaps to a 5-2 win over Wareham.
Before Judge’s power display, this game started off as a nice pitching matchup between Gatemen starter Fred Shepard (Amherst College) and Dylan Davis (Oregon State),who made his first Cape League start. Shepard did not allow a hit through 3 innings and Davis just about matched him – allowing only an infield single to Mott Hyde (Georgia Tech).
The Gatemen would threaten to open up the scoring in the 4th inning. With two outs, consecutive walks to Daniel Palka (Georgia Tech) and Logan Uxa (Arkansas State) and a HBP by Matthew Walsh loaded the bases for Wareham. Ethan Gross (Memphis) however, would strike out leaving the bases loaded to end the inning.
The Whitecaps wasted no time taking advantage in the bottom half of the inning. With one on and two outs, Aaron Judge hit a towering blast to give Brester a 2-0 lead. Shepard would give up 2 additional singles in the inning but got out of the inning by only allowing the 2 runs.
Both starting pitchers would only last 4 innings and Brewster relief pitcher James Lackenby (Washington State), who would end up with the win, got the call in the 5th inning. The Gatemen touched up Lackenby with the help of Cole Sturgeon (Louisville) who doubled to lead off the inning and later scored from third base on a wild pitch to cut the Whitecap’s lead in half.
After a scorelss fifth, Judge almost hit his second homer but came up just short with leadoff double off the right-center field fence off of Dan Tobik (UT-Martin). Tobik would eventually get into some trouble and turned the ball over to Colby Suggs (Arkansas). The Whitecaps went on to score 3 times in the inning and take a commanding 5-1 lead over the Gatemen.
Wareham managed to add a run in the 9th inning on a Mott Hyde double but would not get any closer – taking the 5-2 loss at Stony Brook Field.
The loss drops Wareham below .500 as they now sit at 10-11 on the season and also drop to 3rd place in the Western Division. The Gatemen have an off-day on Monday and return to action at home against Eastern Division power Harwich; who is on an incredible homerun hitting pace – having hit 36 homers already as a team on the season.