Hawks Take Down Braves, 4-2

After a big win last night, the Hawks were determined to gain ground on the Wareham Gatemen as they attempt to make the postseason. Throughout the game, Hyannis fans were keeping a close eye on the Orleans-Wareham game, as a Harbor Hawk win and a Gatemen loss would’ve put them at a tie for fourth place. Unfortunately, Wareham came back from down 4 runs to win, keeping their distance from the Hawks.

Tyler Vaughn got his second start of the summer for Hyannis; he previously threw a 5 inning shutout against Brewster in his first start a week ago. Tonight he was arguably even better, as he went 6 innings while only giving up one run and striking out 6. Bourne scored that run in the 2nd inning after back to back two-out hits.

Although Vaughn was dealing, it took a while for the Hawks’ bats to come to life. In the top of the 5th with two outs, Robinson reached base on an error. He then took advantage of getting on, as he stole second base for his 10th steal on the summer. Ford Proctor then drove him in with a base hit that tied up the ball game.

In the following inning, Trejo led off with a walk and got to second on a sacrifice bunt laid down by Russo. DiCaprio then popped out, but Trejo was able to tag up and make it to third. Reece Hampton hit a double to give Hyannis their first lead of the night. After Stovall got on with a walk, Tyler Frank hit a two-run triple which gave the Hawks a couple of much needed insurance runs.

Ryan Weiss took over for Vaughn to start the 7th. The leadoff batter reached base on an error, and would eventually cross the plate. Weiss didn’t allow any further damage, and the run was unearned because of the error. He pitched through the 8th inning and struck out the final two batters he faced. He was on a 25-inning limit for the summer, so we have now seen the last of him.

Christian Tripp was called upon to close this one out with the Hawks still ahead 4-2. He gave up a hit, but ultimately got the save as the Hawks won the game. They have won 4 of their last 6 as the regular season winds down. It’s now a 4 game season for the Hawks, and they need to be 3 points better than the Gatemen. There are a lot of different scenarios that could play out, but at an absolute minimum the Hawks need an extra win than Wareham and a tie in order to leap frog to the 4 spot.

Tomorrow the Hawks will play a make-up game against the Cotuit Kettleers at noon at McKeon Park. The reason for the peculiar time is because Cotuit has to play again tomorrow night so they needed a day game in order to get it in. Wake up tomorrow morning and come out to Hyannis at 12:00 to cheer on your Harbor Hawks!

- Dylan Porcaro (Intern, Hyannis Harbor Hawks)