Lights Out Pitching Propels Whitecaps Past the Anglers

Pitcher Joe Mancini (Boston College)/Riley Raimondo

By: Finn Riley

Brewster, M.A. 一 The Whitecaps capitalized off of another dominant pitching display to sneak by the Chatham Anglers for their fourth win of the season by a score of 2-1.

Today’s shutdown effort from the Whitecaps pitching was led by Joe Mancini (Boston College) who made his second start of the summer. 

“My fastball was definitely my most effective pitch today […] didn’t really have my curve in the first three but once I started landing the curve for strikes everything got better,” Mancini said. 

Mancini started in the 5-3 loss to the Bourne Braves on opening day, but he bounced back well by tossing five scoreless innings and accumulating seven strikeouts against the Anglers. 

While the Whitecaps offense was far from impressive, Ryan Lasko (Rutgers) was all over the base paths and generated both runs for Brewster, as he stole three bases on the day. 

“Every time I get on base I try to run […] it doesn’t matter how I get on base I’m trying to get to the next base,” Lasko said. 

Lasko also mentioned his early struggles at the plate:

“I’ve definitely struggled to start out, but I mean that’s baseball […] the hits will come, I just gotta keep my focus on taking good swings.”

Brewster fans shouldn’t worry much about Lasko’s abilities as a hitter, as he slashed a .349 batting average with 16 home runs for the Scarlet Knights. Lasko was also recently named an ABCA All-American for his performance this past season. 

The last four innings of the ball game were split between John West (Boston College) and Paul Gervase (LSU), who held the Anglers to just one run. 

Gervase came in for West in the 8th inning and shut the door on the Anglers for his first save on the season.

“It’s always good to go out there and win a game, just trying to do whatever I can to help the team win, my control was not as good as I wanted it to be but the team got the win so that’s all that matters,” Gervase said.

Tomorrow, the Whitecaps look to build another win streak in a double header at Lowell Park against the Cotuit Kettleers, with the first pitch at 2:00pm.

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