Hyannis Keeps Their Season Alive, Win 8-6

With 3 games remaining on the schedule entering tonight, the Harbor Hawks could not afford a loss. The Harwich Mariners came to McKeon Park, a team that the Hawks were yet to beat this summer. As much as Hyannis needed to win, it wouldn’t mean a thing if the Wareham Gatemen pulled off a victory against Falmouth.

Michael Brettell, who has been the Hawks’ best pitcher as of late, got the start tonight. Coming off of a couple of great performances, he struggled early on in this one. Right from the get-go the Mariners were all over him, scoring two runs in the first inning.

They added a run in the 3rd, and one more in the 4th. It was the second day in a row that Hyannis gave up 4 runs before they were able to get on the board themselves. Knowing that tonight was literally a win or go home situation, they decided to fight back. Micah Coffey reached base with a two out single after getting a few days off. Daniel Robinson, who struggled a little bit in yesterday’s game, came up big with a run scoring double.

In the bottom of the 5th, once again Griffin Dey got things going in just his second game of the summer. He led the inning off with a moon shot home run to dead centerfield. Chris Proctor got on base after a dropped third strike, and Reece Hampton put runners on the corners with a base hit. A passed ball brought Chris Proctor home and put the Hawks within 1 run of the Mariners.

Hyannis took control of this ball game with a huge 6th inning. Coffey drew a leadoff walk followed by a Robinson hit to put runners on the corners. Ford Proctor was up next and got a hit which scored the game tying run and put runners back on the corners. Dey walked to load the bases, and Donovan did the same as the go ahead run was walked in. Chris Proctor grounded into a fielder’s choice, but it scored a run. Hampton did the same for the second out, making the score 7-4. Hunter Stovall added a base hit which drove in a run, giving the Hawks a commanding 8-4 lead.

Ethan Larrison took over for Brettell in the 6th inning and he got the Mariners to go 1-2-3. He ran into some trouble in the 7th when he gave up two runs, but kept the Hawks ahead 8-6.

Nick Sandlin entered the game with 1 out in the 7th, and went on to pitch through the rest of the game. He gave up one hit but didn’t allow any runs while striking out 3. Hyannis won 8-6 to keep their season alive, but none of that mattered if they couldn’t get some help from Falmouth.

Sure enough, Falmouth pulled off a huge 12-1 victory. The Hawks now trail Wareham by two points with two games left. Not to sound repetitive, but just to be clear, Hyannis needs at least a win and a tie, while they need Wareham to lose twice. The Harbor Hawks will have a home and home with Falmouth while Wareham will have a home and home with Bourne. Come out to McKeon Park at 6:00 tomorrow for potentially the last home game of the summer for Hyannis!

– Dylan Porcaro (Intern, Hyannis Harbor Hawks)