By Kenny Gregory
Hyannis Harbor Hawks Intern
Yarmouth, MA – The Hyannis Harbor Hawks scored early and often tonight vs the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, but wasn’t able to hold the lead tonight, falling by the score of 9-7, splitting the home and home series with the Red Sox.
After Y-D scored a run in their half of the 1st, it was Brandon Trinkwon (UC Santa Barbara) hitting a 1-2 fastball over the right field fence in the 2nd off Sox starter Ben Lively (Central Florida) to make it 3 to 1. The Hawks would extend the lead during the 3rd to 5-1 on a Will Calloway (Appalachian State) sacrifice fly and a Jeff Schalk (Alabama-Birmingham) single.
Y-D closed the lead to one during their half of the inning with a 3 run home run to centerfield by Alex Blandino (Stanford) off Hyannis starter David Garner (Michigan State). Calloway would put Hyannis back up three on a 4th inning double driving home two off Sox reliever Rick Knapp (Florida Gulf Coast).
Y-D would chip away and eventually take the lead late in the game with 2 runs in the 6th off a Josh Tobias (Florida) single, the tying run in the 7th Zak Blair (Mercyhurst) single, and the eventual game winning runs during the 8th inning on a sacrifice fly from Carlos Asuaje (Nova Southeastern), which turned out to be the winner of Hawks reliever Andrew Smithmyer (East Carolina) and an insurance run by Y-D’s leading hitter Robert Pehl (Washington) and that’s how it ended with the final score of 9-7.
Hawks starter Garner took a no decision, pitching 5 innings, aloowing 4 runs, all earned, while allowing seven hits, walking one and striking out four. Sox starter Ben Lively didn’t make it out of the 3rd inning allowing five runs, six hits, walking two and fanning three. Tonight’s winning pitcher for Y-D was Brian Gilbert (Seton Hall). The touch luck losing pitcher for the Hawks was Smithmyer. Brian Verbitsky (Hofstra) garnered his first save of the year for the Red Sox.
The Harbor Hawks are back in action tomorrow night at McKeon Field at 7pm against the Cotuit Kettleers before a home and home with the Bourne Braves. For more information, head to www.harborhawks.org.