By Derek Kornhiser
Hyannis, MA- Although it is a very small sample size, the Hyannis Harbor Hawks (4-12) have walked off with 75% of their wins this year, and tonight the hero was Brandon Trinkwon (UC Santa Barbara) who drove a 2 out single to center field with Blake Austin (Auburn) scoring from second to give the Hawks a 9-8 victory, and consecutive wins for the first time this season. The Hawks fell behind the Y-D Red Sox (8-8) 7-1 in the 3rd inning after they piled on 6 runs alone in the top half of the second, all charged to Hyannis starter Sasha Kuebel (Iowa). But the Hawks were not going away, as they exploded for 5 runs in the 7th, and 2 more in the 8th to send it into extra frames, and only needed 1 to pull away with the win.
The extra inning rally began with a walk by Austin, who would reach second on a passed ball. After a strikeout and another walk, Trinkwon stepped to the plate, looking for blood, and would actually draw some of his own as he fouled a pitch off the ground that came back to hit him in the nose. Showing his toughness though, he stepped back into the box, and after a brush back curveball, drove a fastball into center to walk off with the win. “I’m just happy to help my team any way I can. I just saw a pitch I could handle and put the barrel on it and good things happened.”
But it wasn’t just Trinkwon who lead the way, as this was another complete team win for the Hawks. The bullpen was forced to pitch 7 2/3 innings, and did so only allowing 2 runs, which was a good sign for coach Chad Gassman. “That was a great team win down 7-1 in the third and to do what we did. It started with Adam Moore who came in and gave us 4 to 5 innings, and you don’t know that at the time but that set the table for [the win].”
Adam Moore (Young Harris) came in with 2 outs and 2 men on in that 6 run second inning and induced a ground ball out to third and never looked back, working 4 innings of 2 hit ball and only allowed a solo home run in the 3rd. He was followed by 2/3 innings of 1 run ball by Matt Maurer (Pepperdine), and then Carson Cross (UConn) and Walter Wijas (Kentucky, 1-0) shut down the Sox lineup over the final 3 2/3 innings to keep the Hawks in the game. The night’s hero was also impressed with the pen. “The bullpen was huge. We were down 7-1 and they kept us in the game the whole night. They allowed us to get back, score a couple of runs, tie it up, and then eventually walk off in the tenth,” said Trinkwon.
The comeback began in the sixth when previous hero Will Callaway doubled to right, scoring Mitchell Garver (New Mexico). The Hawks then loaded up the bases, and a walk to Blake Shepherd (UAB) brought another run in to make it 7-3. Brett Michael Doran (Stanford) then provided a 2-run double to right, followed by a sacrifice fly by Trinkwon. They then grabbed 2 more runs the next inning to tie the score on RBI hits by Brad Zebedis (Presbyterian) and Blake Austin, as the entire lineup was involved in the comeback.
Though not the hero on the night, Garver continued to cement his role as the leader of the lineup, going 1 for 3 with an RBI double, 2 walks, and 2 runs scored on the night. Asked about how he’s feeling at the plate right now and about his leadership roll, Garver responded with, “I feel really confident. I came in here not knowing what my role was going to be and it turns out I’m a permanent player, and I’ve kind of taken the bull by the horns. I feel like the leader and I feel like we have a lot of guys stepping it up with the energy level.”
His coach as also felt his leadership presence, noting that it’s not just his productivity on the field that makes him a special player. “He brings more than just hits and catching. He brings a maturity and energy and leadership and you cant explain it enough. The bottom line is he brings so much more to the table.” Garver is hitting .303 on the year with 4 doubles, 2 homers, and 9 RBI.
Another improbable finish for the Harbor Hawks, as they showed patience and resilience tonight as a team, and have now won 3 of their last 4 games and appear to be coming together as a collective whole. The bullpen that was so shaky to begin the year appears to be falling into place, and the lineup has worked itself out to be a fairly potent combination for scoring runs, with the heart in Garver, Zebedis, and Callaway leading the charge.
The Hawks go for 3 in a row on the 4th of July at Y-D, and then return home again on Thursday night for a big rivalry game with Cotuit.