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Saturday local recap: Rafaela sets WooSox homer record; Bravehearts break team record for wins

Worcester’s Ceddanne Rafaela continued to toss baseballs over the fence, as the Red Sox prospect hit his fifth homer in as many games to set a WooSox record in Saturday’s win over Syracuse.

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Worcester 6, Syracuse 3: Boston Red Sox prospect Ceddanne Rafaela continued his hot streak in Triple-A, hurling a 3-1 pitch over the fence in the right half to end the game in last place ninth to help WooSox get through the group stage Meet in 10 innings.

Rafaela’s opposite school blast traveled 366 feet and was the fifth in his WooSox record in multiple games. Rafaela has scored 11 goals in just 30 games since being promoted to Worcester.

Worcester won the game in set 10, when Bradley Zimmer was hit on target and scored a goal in the middle by Caleb Hamilton, scoring for Zimmer and autorunner Narciso Crook as Syracuse’s Brandon McIlwain attempted to touch the ball, missing foot and fired a hasty throw that uprooted the dugout at the third base.

David Hamilton followed with a two-turn to the right to make it 6-2. It was his second homer of the week. WooSox hit three hosts on Saturday, giving them 18 points in five games this week.

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Boston’s Tanner Houck began arriving in Worcester for his first rehabilitation start since a facial fracture on his way back on June 16. Houck threw 46 throws (27 shots) and was allowed to run twice in threes singles while going three and three. Houck solved the traffic jam the first time by hitting three balls.

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Vermont 4, Worcester 2; Worcester 4, Vermont 3: The home team Bravehearts set a single-season record with their 38th win of the season as Worcester split the points by two against the Lake Monsters.

The Bravehearts, the team that finished the regular season on the road on Sunday against Pittsfield, qualified for the Futures League knockout stages. Worcester is guaranteed at least two playoffs, including one at home, as the schedule will be announced earlier this week.

Worcester’s Tyler Bastuns hit singles in the first half of the nightcap, breaking the Bravehearts’ record for hits in a season with 73. Bastunas scored in a Kevin Matos two-game singles game to give Worcester a 2-game lead. 0.

Bastuns, who had three shots on target in the second game, continued his hot streak with a treble in the third set by Nathan Samii to extend the lead for the Bravehearts to 3-0.

Vermont recovered two runs in the third, but Daniel Bucciero doubled the lead against Bastunas in the fifth to extend the lead to two. The lake monster was threatened in the seventh and final round of the doubles event, pushing a run to take the lead to win, but Bravehearts stopper Jack Beauchense got out of the loop with way of stranding two runners.

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Former Nashoba Area star James Borsari, a rising sophomore at Merrimack, took the win, fanning two and letting three shots on target in the official 2⅔ rounds to relieve Worcester.

Bucciero had a brace in the first set, but the Bravehearts couldn’t fault Vermont starter Francis Ferguson, who hit six shots and didn’t allow a run to earn for seven innings.

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