Hawks Silence the Braves, 5-0

The Hyannis Harbor Hawks entered tonight’s game in pretty much a must win situation with only 6 games (including tonight) remaining. They were home at McKeon Park to battle the Bourne Braves, who could clinch a playoff spot themselves with a win.

Jordan Martinson was given the ball tonight to start for the Hawks and in return he provided them with his best game of the summer. He went 5+ innings while giving up no runs on 3 hits and he struck out 7. A 5-inning performance was very helpful considering the Hawks used a lot of their bullpen in their previous game against Orleans.

Lately the Hawks have been jumping out to early leads and tonight was no different. In the 3rd inning Cesar Trejo led off with a base hit. Thomas Russo then laid down a sacrifice bunt and an error allowed him to reach safely while Trejo made it to third. With runners on the corners, Reece Hampton drew a walk to load the bases with Harbor Hawks. Tyler Frank hit a grounder up the middle with 1 out in the inning, but a good slide into second by Russo made the second basemen unable to throw to first to get Frank, which scored Trejo and gave Hyannis a 1-0 lead. Two more runs crossed the plate when Robinson also hit a grounder up the middle but the shortstop made an error.

Martinson’s great night ended with a 3-0 lead in the 6th after he gave up a leadoff base hit. Nick Sandlin took over and continued dealing for the Harbor Hawks. He would go on to pitch through the 8th inning while giving up no runs and no hits, only allowing one runner through his 3 innings of work (hit batsmen).

Chris Proctor and Ford Proctor executed a hit and run in the 6th which put Chris on first and Ford on third. Dominic DiCaprio gave the Hawks an insurance run with an RBI single to make the score 4-0. Trejo added to his good night an RBI double as Chris Proctor came around to score.

Christian Tripp was called upon in the 9th to close things out for Hyannis with his team ahead 5-0. Things got interesting with the bases loaded, but Tripp struck out two including the final batter to complete the shutout.

Although the Hawks were on the losing end of the previous game against Orleans, the Firebirds helped them out a lot tonight. They beat Wareham 7-4, which puts Hyannis within 2 points of the final playoff spot with 5 games to go. Technically it’s a 3-point deficit since Wareham holds the tiebreaker, so the Hawks need more than just one extra win than the Gatemen. Tomorrow night is a rematch for both teams, Hyannis will travel to Bourne while Wareham will head to Orleans. Come support your Hyannis Harbor Hawks as they look to tie things up and make a strong playoff push in this final week of the CCBL regular season!

- Dylan Porcaro (Intern Hyannis Harbor Hawks)