By: DJ Jamiel
Brewster MA- Just when you think Sean Manaea has done all that he can to impress you ,he blows you away yet again. The sophomore from Indiana State took a no hitter into the bottom of the eighth inning at Stony Brook field against the Brewster Whitecaps Friday night. It would take an infield single to short from the leadoff man Aaron Judge of the Whitecaps to end the bid. Up until that point a walk in the sixth inning was all that prevented him from being perfect. . The Harbor Hawks would go on to win the contest 8-0.
In what could possibly be his last game laced in blue and orange, the Indiana native passed Daniel Bard’s eighty-two strikeout regular season mark with ten more this evening to finish with eighty-five. Although Bard’s record is not the most strikeouts in cape league history it is the most notable mark in recent memory. This is now the third time Manaea has taken a no hitter past the fifth inning this season in his eight total starts.
The Harbor Hawks offensive explosion goes almost unnoticed, as eleven total hits were scattered across the nine frames. The biggest effort coming in the fourth as Mitchell Garver, Blake Austin, Taylor Zeutenhorst, and Brett Michael Doran would all notch RBI’s en route to a five run inning. The Harbor Hawks would then notch one run in the eighth off of a Zeutenhorst sacrifice fly and two more in the ninth to finish out the evening.
This now marks the first time in the last fourteen outings that Hyannis has scored more then seven runs in a contest. This is also the first time the Harbor Hawks have noticed double digit hits in there last eleven games.
Hyannis fans have to hope the offensive turn around are a sign of things to come as they will need that explosive run scouring ability and much more if they are looking for a post season birth. They now stand two points behind Bourne for the final playoff spot in the West. This weekends games against Falmouth and Bourne could not play bigger roles. A loss in either one by the Harbor Hawks could spell feta complete on the season.
In the end the night truly did belong to Sean Manaea as he continued to prove why he is one of the Cape Leagues most dominant pitchers. After the game Manaea claimed that it is his confidence in himself that has allowed him to have success this season. Regardless of the teams standing come Tuesday, when the regular season comes to a close, one thing is for certain. The Harbor Hawks really did catch lighting in a bottle with Sean Manaea.