Complete effort propels Whitecaps to 10-5 win over Harwich


HARWICH, Mass. — Brody Donay trotted a few steps from the batter’s box, taking a second to admire the baseball he had just demolished.

It was crushed: 110 miles per hour off the bat with a projected 441 feet of distance. The ball sailed far beyond the left field fence for a solo shot in the top of the ninth inning, all but sealing the Whitecaps’ 10-5 win over Harwich Thursday night at Whitehouse Field.

“That was one of the furthest balls I have ever seen hit in a game,” Whitecaps manager Jamie Shevchik said of the blast. “Ever.”

Donay’s homer punctuated the emphatic win, which snapped a four-game skid. It also made the victory a truly complete effort. With the home run — Donay’s first and only knock of the game — every Whitecap in the starting lineup had at least one hit. In total, Brewster tallied 18.

“This is what I’ve been envisioning and what I’ve been trying to get from these guys,” Shevchik said.

Brewster jumped out to an early 1-0 advantage, thanks to the two hottest hitters in the lineup. The ever-aggressive Nick Dumesnil (Cal Baptist) cranked the first pitch of the game for an opposite-field double, and designated hitter Ryder Helfrick (Arkansas) drove him home, roping a single that left the bat at 105 mph.

The lead doubled in the top of the third. Right fielder J.D. Rogers (Vanderbilt) legged out an infield single and stole second a few batters later. Second baseman Kaeden Kent (Texas A&M) drove him home with a single to center.

Harwich struck back in the bottom of the fourth. With a runner on second, first baseman Michael Anderson (Arkansas) launched a fly ball into left-center that sailed over the fence. Anderson initially stopped at second, assuming a ground-rule double, but the play was called a home run after the umpires convened to discuss the call, knotting the score at two.

A parade of singles helped the Whitecaps retake the lead in the top of the fifth. It started with a leadoff bunt single by Rogers and continued with consecutive base knocks by right fielder Cooper Vest (BYU), Dumesnil, Kent and Helfrick.

Kent’s single drove home Vest and Helfrick’s base hit scored Dumesnil, earning Brewster a 4-2 lead. Fischer punctuated the frame with a loud sacrifice fly to center, which scored Kent from third. Rogers was thrown out attempting a steal of third during Dumesnil's at-bat, a mishap that limited the damage. Still, the Whitecaps emerged from the frame with a 5-2 lead.

Harwich put runners on second and third with one out in the bottom of the fifth, and a groundout by Cade Kurland (Florida) drove home a run to make it 5-3. The next batter, Henry Godbout (Virginia), popped up to end the frame.

That was it for Brewster’s Seth Tomczak (Cal State Fullerton), who was solid in his second start of the season. The MLB Draft-eligible prospect tossed five innings, allowing three runs, striking out five and walking none.

Seth Tomczak (Cal State Fullerton) throws a pitch. Tomczak tossed five solid innings in Brewster's 10-5 win over Harwich. Photo credit: Avery Raimondo.

“That’s what a starter is supposed to do,” Shevchik said. “Go out there and read the room. You could tell that we were gonna hit pretty early, and here it is. If you’re gonna hurt me, you’re gonna hurt me via the hit. He had a great start.”

Drew Faurot (Florida State) led off the top of the sixth with a 10-pitch leadoff walk and reached second on a soft groundout. It paid off on Rogers’ third base hit of the evening — a line drive up the middle that left the bat at 99 mph and scored Faurot to make it 6-3. Kent punctuated the frame with a two-run double to left, driving home both Rogers and Dumesnil, who hit an infield single the previous at-bat. That made it 8-3, putting Brewster in firm control.

The Whitecaps added a ninth run in the seventh on the first hit, and RBI, of the summer from Blake Binderup (Texas A&M), which drove home Donay (Florida), who walked and advanced to third on a double by Faurot.

The Brewster bullpen, featuring the Wake Forest tandem of Zach Johnston and Will Ray, did enough to maintain the Whitecaps’ comfortable lead throughout the rest of the night.

Johnston replaced Tomczak to start the sixth, pitching two innings with two hits and two earned runs. Harwich scored both in the bottom of the seventh — on RBI singles from Sam McNulty (Boston College) and Bristol Carter (East Carolina) that cut the score to 9-5.

Johnston limited what could have become a disastrous half-inning, though, inducing a lineout from Anderson to end the frame with runners on second and third.

Ray closed it out with two scoreless innings, and Donay added the exclamation point with his bomb in the top of the ninth.

“You see what this team can be like,” Shevchik said. “It’s just putting it together now on a consistent basis over the next couple games and stringing it through. We don’t need 20 hits and 12 runs to win tomorrow. I’ll take 10 hits and five runs, if we can win a baseball game.”

Title photo credit: Avery Raimondo.