By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
The Whitecaps took game one by a score of 9-7, off a walk off home run from Dylan Goldstein (Florida Atlantic).
It was an epic game one where the Whitecaps came from 5-0 down to take down the Harwich Mariners and take game one of their first round playoff matchup.
It took two innings, but the Harwich Mariners struck first and very hard on the Brewster Whitecaps. The Mariners put three runs up on Zach Grace (Wake Forest), and he was then replaced by Jack Stroud (Texas State), who gave up a two-run home run to put Brewster in a 5-0 deficit going to the bottom of the third.
The Whitecaps got one run back in the bottom of the third with a hard-hit RBI single from Carson Demartini (Virginia Tech).
Since he arrived on the Cape in June, Demartini has continued to be one of the biggest producers for the Whitecaps all summer long.
The Whitecaps drew even closer to the Mariners in the bottom of the fourth inning, Kurtis Byrne (TCU) led-off the inning with a single, then Cam Fisher (Charlotte) crushed a home run to make it 5-3.
Troy Butler (Binghamton) made his Whitecaps debut in the playoffs and had an impressive showing. Butler went 2.2 innings and didn’t allow a single run and kept the Whitecaps within striking distance.
The Whitecaps completed their comeback from five nothing down to take a 7-5 lead in the bottom of the seventh.
The Whitecaps tied the game with a two run bomb from David Mendham (Oklahoma State), then Ryan Lasko (Rutgers) and Carson Demartini (Virginia Tech) both got on base and scored off a Nick Larusso (Maryland) double to make it 7-5.
In a back and forth game one Harwich tied the game back up at seven apiece with an RBI double that scored two runs.
In the top of the ninth the Mariners gave Ryan Lasko (Rutgers) and Brennen Oxford (Wake Forest) all they can handle, hitting two balls back to the centerfield warning track, but Lasko was able to race over and track them down to keep the game knotted at seven.
With a man on in the bottom ninth and one out, Dylan Goldstein (Florida Atlantic) jacked a walk off home run to win the Whitecaps their craziest game of the season at the perfect time.
The Whitecaps have previously owned the Mariners in the playoffs beating them in the last three playoff games dating back to last season.
The Whitecaps will now have a chance to clinch a spot in the semi-finals Friday night against the Harwich Mariners.