By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
Dennis, M.A. – The Brewster Whitecaps are heading back to the Cape League championship series to defend their crown after sweeping the Y-D Red Sox.
It was a tremendous back and forth showdown between the two teams with nobody wanting to lose, but the Whitecaps would outslug the Red Sox and come away with the sweep.
It was Carson Demartini (Virginia Tech) striking again for the Whitecaps. Demartini hit a rocket over the trees in centerfield to give the Whitecaps a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning.
The Red Sox tied the game at one in the bottom of the third with a chopper that got over Nick Larusso’s (Maryland) head to score a runner from second with two outs.
Believe it or not, Carson Demartini (Virginia Tech) hit another home run to give the Whitecaps a 2-1 advantage.
Demartini now has four home runs in the series; Demartini also has a double to go along with that incredible state line.
The Red Sox then took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning with three runs off two doubles to make it a 4-2 ball game.
The Whitecaps then exploded for five runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 7-4 lead over the Red Sox.
Chase Adkison (Oklahoma State) drove in two runs off a hard-hit single in the left-center gap. Adkison then moved to third on a David Mendham (Oklahoma State) single and scored on a Ryan Lasko (Rutgers) double.
Nick Larusso (Maryland) then drove both Mendham and Lasko home on a hard-hit single for the fourth and fifth runs of the inning.
The Red Sox cut into the Whitecaps lead once again, making it 7-6 off a two-run home run from Cole Carrigg (SDSU).
The Whitecaps added another two runs in the top of the seventh inning and took a 9-6 advantage into the bottom half of the inning.
With the Whitecaps’ final chance for some insurance, they went down in order in the top of the ninth with the game still at 9-7 and the Red Sox getting one last chance in their season.
Brennen Oxford (Wake Forest) came to finish the last three innings for the Whitecaps. While running on fumes in the bottom of the ninth, Oxford was able to set down the Red Sox down in order to send the Whitecaps back to the CCBL Championship Series.
The Whitecaps have now won eight straight playoff games dating back to last summer and will get a chance this week to win back-to-back Championships.