Harbor Hawks Are Officially Eliminated from Playoff Contention, Lose 7-6

The Hyannis Harbor Hawks entered tonight’s game with playoff hopes still alive, trailing the Wareham Gatemen by two points. A win for the Hawks and a loss for Wareham would make the last game of the summer tomorrow be the deciding factor for the final playoff spot. It would be no easy task though, as the Harbor Hawks were playing the first place Falmouth Commodores who had annihilated Wareham the previous night.

Blake Sanderson out of Florida Atlantic got his first start of the summer tonight for Hyannis. In the first inning, two doubles scored a run for Falmouth giving them an early lead. More of the same happened in the 2nd, as a hit batsman and two more doubles scored two more runs. In the home half of the inning, Coffey led off with a double and Olenek drove him in with a base hit, making the score 3-1.

Kevin Kernan took over in the 3rd and threw a 1-2-3 inning. The game almost broke wide open in the 4th when Falmouth had the bases loaded, but Kernan got out of the jam only allowing 1 run to score. That’s when the Hawks’ bats woke up, as Robinson and Olenek led off with back to back singles. Brendan Donovan was up next and pulled the ball right down the right field line, scoring two runs with a stand up double. On the first pitch of the next at bat, Ford Proctor hit a shot to right centerfield for a two run home run, giving the Hawks a 5-4 lead

Trysten Barlow came in to pitch in the 5th for Hyannis. The Commodores hit him well early on, as a triple scored two runs. They added an insurance run in there as well, as they took a 7-5 lead. The offense continued to chip away however, as Coffey and Donovan both reached base with a hit and a walk. Ford Proctor came through once again with a two out base hit to score a run.

With the score 7-6, Barlow took control and threw back to back 1-2-3 innings in the 6th and 7th. Tripp entered the game in the 8th and also threw two 1-2-3 innings through the 9th. Hyannis retired the last 14 batters of the game, but the problem was that Famouth’s pitching was also spot on. The Hawks were unable to score another run, as they suffered a crushing 7-6 loss.

To make matters even worse, Wareham fell to Bourne, which means a Harbor Hawk win would’ve given them a chance at the postseason. Regardless, it’s been a fun summer for Hyannis and this was an impressive run at the end of it. The playoffs would’ve been awesome, but the fact that they battled back to even be in the conversation speaks for itself.

Hyannis will play one final game tomorrow night in Falmouth against the Commodores once again. Come out to support your Harbor Hawks in the last game of the 2017 summer!

– Dylan Porcaro (Intern, Hyannis Harbor Hawks)