Leave it to the lefties.
Senior James Burke staged an efficient starting performance on the hill for the Barnstable High nine yesterday afternoon in Hyannis, and got all the offense the Red & White would need when senior co-captain Dylan Morris (3-4, 3 RBI) drove in fellow co-captain Danny Walsh in the bottom of the third to make it 1-0. The score would remain as such until two innings later.
Barnstable broke it open versus the visiting New Bedford Whalers (0-2) in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring nine runs on six hits two walks and a pair of Whaler errors and it all started when Morris led off with a single then stole second base and scored when Jack Harrington reached on an error. Freshman Griffin Burke (1-4, 2 RBI) got his first career varsity hit - a double to the right-centerfield gap - that opened the floodgates.
Older brother James Burke pitched five scoreless innings and allowed just three hits while walking three and he benefitted from superlative defense from third baseman Terrence Mudie and shortstop Dan Walsh as well as a fine start behind the plate by junior Jack Harrington and junior first baseman Chris Fowler.
Harrington's bat is what may have opened more eyes than his receiving efforts, as the 6'3" 200-pound backstop erupted in his first-ever varsity start with a 2-3, 2 RBI performance at the plate. Mudie, a stellar three-sport athlete over his Barnstable High career, went 3-4 with an RBI to join the hit parade. Dan Walsh, Ryan Litchman, Micah Gregory, and TJ Wardwell also collected hits.
Senior righty Dan Holzman came on in relief of Burke to start the sixth inning and he went two innings and allowed no runs.
Barnstable (1-0) heads to Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School on Friday to take on the rival Dolphins at Merrill "Red" Wilson Field.
New Bedford scored one unearned run in the top of the 7th.