By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
Brewster, M.A. – The Whitecaps’ quest for five straight wins ends with a 6-4 loss against the Orleans Firebirds.
It was a back-and-forth battle between the teams until the Firebirds put the final nail in the coffin with their sixth run being scored in the seventh inning.
“We swung the bats well, but we had a couple of errors in there that hurt,” Whitecaps Manager Jamie Shevchik said. “Where we have been struggling has been the offensive side of things, and we showed a little potential today.
The Firebirds struck first in the top of the first and then scored again in the top of the second to make it a 2-0 ball game.
Brewster then tied the game up in the bottom of the second inning. The first run came in from an errand throw to the first baseman, scoring David Mendham (Oklahoma State) from third. The inning’s second run came from a Parks Harber (Georgia) sacrifice fly.
In the top of the fourth, Orleans scored another run off a sacrifice bunt to make it 3-2.
The Whitecaps tied the game quickly again in the bottom of the fourth. Parks Harber (Georgia) ripped an RBI double to score the run.
Parks Harber (Georgia) got out of a tough slump in the past two games with some incredible performances at the plate. “Baseball is a tough sport, and you get in your own head, but the past two days, I feel like my swing has felt much better,” Harber said.
The Firebirds took a 5-3 lead in the top of the fifth. The Whitecaps cut into that lead with Trevor Werner’s (Texas A&M) sacrifice fly, but that would wrap up the scoring for the Whitecaps.
The Firebirds then scored again in the top of the seventh, and that was the final nail in the coffin for a game that only went to eight innings due to daylight.