WORCESTER – It was not a great stretch for the Worcester Bravehearts over the last seven days as they had three games postponed due to weather, and one has to wonder if missing those games caused some problems as the Bravehearts suffered a winless week to drop to fifth place in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League standings.
On Monday Worcester got an unexpected day off as thunderstorms blanketed the area, forcing the postponement of their game against the Nashua Silver Knights. The game will be made up on July 20th with a single admission double header starting at 4:30, hosted by the Bravehearts.
For the last few weeks a contest has held where fans got to choose between Table Talk and Coney Island to determine which jerseys Worcester would wear for Tuesday’s game at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field. The winner was the Coney Island jerseys, and on their social media the Bravehearts changed their name to “Coney Island Hot Dogs”.
While fans relished the idea of the hot dog jerseys for most of the game Worcester played ketchup as the Bristol Blues were on a roll, scoring a run in the fourth and three more in the fifth. The Bravehearts got an unearned run in the home half of the fifth to get within three, and Dustin Harris showed some mustard with a triple in the eighth to knock in pinch runner Kevin Doody. But that was as close as Worcester would get as the Blues were 4-2 wieners.
It was a scheduled off day on Wednesday for the Bravehearts, and the well rested Worcester squad headed to Lynn, Massachusetts for a Thursday night encounter against the North Shore Navigators. Things looked good early for the Bravehearts as a bases loaded walk in the top of the first by Jon Hansen got Worcester off to a quick lead. They made it 2-0 in the top of the fourth with a run off a wild pitch.
In the bottom of the fourth North Shore plated four runs to take the lead, and the Worcester offense could only push one more run across as they fell to the Navigators 5-3, dropping their third game in a row. Joseph Mancini looked good in a four inning relief stint, striking out four and allowing just three base runners.
It was off to Martha’s Vineyard to take on the Sharks Friday night, and in the top of the fourth a Mack Cheli two-run homer gave the Bravehearts the lead. Those were the 1,000th and 1,001st RBIs in franchise history. In the top of the fifth, Joseph Pesce doubled in two more runs to make it a 4-0 contest.
But from that point it was all Martha’s Vineyard, who put up four spots in both the fifth and sixth, and followed that by pushing across seven runs in the seventh. The 16-4 loss by Worcester was their most lopsided in franchise history.
Both Saturday and Sunday games in Bristol were postponed due to weather. Saturday’s game will be made up on July 1st as part of a double header. There has not been an announcement on if or when Sunday’s game will be rescheduled.
*This week’s Bravehearts schedule
Monday at Brockton, 6:30pm
Tuesday off day
Wednesday at Bristol, 7pm
Thursday at Pittsfield, 6:30pm
Friday vs Pittsfield, 7pm (Post-game Fireworks)
Saturday vs Martha’s Vineyard, 7pm (Woo Sports Time Capsule Night & T-Shirt Giveaway)
Sunday at Bristol, double header, start time TBA
*The TWIW Bravehearts Player of the Week is freshman Joseph Mancini (Boston College), who allowed just three hits and one run in four innings of work on Thursday.
*Around the FCBL
@Bristol 13, Martha’s Vineyard 6
Pittsfield @ North Shore, ppd/rain
Martha’s Vineyard 5, @Nashua 4
@Brockton 9, North Shore 2
@Pittsfield 9, Bristol 7
@Nashua 14, Brockton 5
@North Shore 2, Martha’s Vineyard 1
Pittsfield 4, @Nashua 3
Brockton 6, @Bristol 4
Pittsfield 8, @Brockton 7
Nashua 14, @North Shore 3
@Pittsfield 5, Martha’s Vineyard 4
Brockton @ Nashua, ppd/rain
North Shore @ Nashua, ppd/rain