By: Dylan Vazzano
WHITEHOUSE FIELD, HARWICH, MA-The Harbor Hawks bid at their first “W” of the season went awry tonight, losing an extra inning thriller, 4-2 to the Harwich Mariners. Hyannis took a 2-1 lead into the bottom half of the eighth inning, but the Mariners stormed back to deadlock the score at 2-2, before Eric Jagielo (Notre Dame) sent the Whitehouse Field fans home happy with a game-ending two-run home run, halfway up the trees in right center.
For the third consecutive game the Hawks found themselves in the midst of an early pitcher’s duel. Hyannis’ Scott Silverstein (Virginia) and Harwich’s Eddie Campbell (Virginia Tech) traded zeros for the first three frames, keeping both offenses well at bay. In the bottom of the fourth, Silverstein blinked first. The Mariners’ Phil Irvin (Samford) blasted a solo home run to left for his second round tripper of the young season, propelling Harwich to a 1-0 advantage.
An inning later the Hawks came right back to knot the score at one apiece, thanks to an RBI double off the bat of Zach Alvord (Auburn), which plated Robbie Moir (Boston College) for Hyannis’ first run of the tilt.
Fast forward to the top of the sixth inning, when all in attendance got the opportunity to see Zac Zellers’ (Kentucky) mad dash around the bases. The St. Louis native led off the inning with a single into right center, putting the potential go-ahead run aboard at first. Zellers proceeded to steal second…third…and then home, after DJ Peterson (New Mexico) helped complete a double steal by getting caught in a run down between first and second. Hyannis now had their first lead of the game at 2-1.
The impressive display of speed and agility was only an appetizer for what would be Zellers’ main course in the bottom of the eighth. The Mariners had just tied the game up behind a Matt Reida (Kentucky) RBI double to dead center. Three batters later the sophomore from Russiaville, Indiana was on at third with only one down. Up stood Eric Jagielo who lifted a David Paiz (Texas Tech) offering into left center field, but in came Zellers who made the grab and then fired a missile to home plate, nailing his collegiate teammate Reida with the final out of the inning.
The 2-2 contest entered extra innings, before Jagielo’s heroic shot put a bow on the thrilling affair. C.K. Irby (Samford) earned the win with two strong innings of relief, while Carson Cross (Uconn) was on the opposite end of the Jagielo home run, suffering his first loss of the season.
With the loss Hyannis drops to 0-3 on the season, but it’s not time to push the panic button just yet. “We have a lot of talent on this team and right now we are going through a learning experience,” said the aforementioned Zac Zellers on the team’s early struggles. “It’s just a matter of time before we turn it around and get it going.”
The Harbor Hawks will look to get it going on Sunday (June 18) in their home opener against the Chatham Anglers. 2012 action at McKeon Park is set to begin at 7:00pm.