By Sam Blum
July 23, 2014
BOURNE – The last time that Cotuit played at Doran Park, the Kettleers mashed four home runs in a 16-6 rout of Bourne.
On Wednesday, though, the roles were reversed. The same offense that had propelled Cotuit to three wins in four games against the Braves was nowhere to be found. That same pitching that got crucial outs allowed numerous walks with men on base.
“It tells us that we’re not a very polished club,” Roberts said.
The Kettleers allowed 15 hits, walked seven and hit three more in a 12-4 demolition to the hands of Bourne on Wednesday night.
Just one day after clinching a playoff spot, Bourne solidified its hold on the Western Division’s top spot, while the Kettleers dropped to just three points ahead of Hyannis for fourth after the Harbor Hawks beat Wareham. .
“You go back to work, Roberts said after the game.” “Nothing replaces work.”
The Braves got the offense rolling in the first inning. Two singles to start off the ballgame from Richie Martin Jr. (Florida) and Brett Sullivan (Pacific) led to two runs. Then in the fourth, Bourne got four runs with two outs.
A Mark Laird (Louisiana State) single to center made the game 6-0 to close out starter Trey Wingenter’s (Auburn) line, and all but put the game out of reach.
The runs only mounted and the game only got more embarrassing.
With two outs in the sixth inning, Logan Taylor (Texas A&M), fired a throw on a ground ball past the first baseman. The error made it 11-1. Two batters later, Regan Bazar walked in a run.
It wasn’t just lopsided loss, it was as ugly as it gets.
After the game, Roberts was less disheartened by the result, and more accepting. He’s seemingly come to understand his team’s control woes as an unavoidable Achilles’ heel.
“I really didn’t know college baseball existed like this,” Roberts said. “I had no idea that it existed like this.
“Nothing replaces work, and nothing replaces throwing strikes.”
UP NEXT: Cotuit is at home against Wareham at 5 p.m. on Friday.