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Chatham's season comes to an end at the hands of Y-D
Chatham, Mass. — Trailing by three runs entering the third inning of Game 2 of the East Division Championship Series, the Chatham Anglers new that they needed a rally to extend their 2016 season. Continuing a trend that has been commonplace for this year’s A’s, Chatham began to come back.
A fifth-inning run cut the deficit to two as the Anglers tried to chip away at the Yarmouth-Dennis lead. Putting two runners on with one out in the eighth, the Anglers looked to stage yet another late inning rally to force a Game 3.
However, Sam Delaplane struck out DJ Artis before inducing a Jeremy Vasquez fly out to end the A’s final threat as Chatham fell to the Red Sox, 4-1, and saw its season come to an end.
“Their heart was amazing,” said manager John Schiffner of his team’s willingness to battle back all season long. “They went through some tough times, guys leaving, some really really tough losses – six out of seven at one point – they hung in there and they battled back and they were able to get into the playoffs and then were able to get into the next round. What a great accomplishment for these guys to do that, I’m so proud of them.”
Lincoln Henzman (1-3) took the loss after allowing three earned runs across six innings. Henzmen also struck out six Red Sox on the night - his second highest amount of strikeouts in a game this summer.
Despite giving up early runs to Y-D, Henzman settled down in his outing and allowed just two hits after the second inning. The Louisville right-hander turned in three consecutive 1-2-3 innings to end his night, keeping the A's in the game and within striking distance.
Y-D starter William Montgomerie (3-2) earned the win for the Red Sox after allowing one run on two hits while striking out four. Delaplane notched his third save of the season.
While the Anglers struck for two runs in Game 1, it was the Red Sox turn to jump out to an early lead in Game 2. A leadoff single by JJ Muno started the inning and was quickly followed by an RBI double by Kevin Smith that split the gap in left-center field. Three batters later, Deon Stafford Jr. plated Smith by lacing an RBI single into shallow centerfield to make it 2-0 Y-D.
The Red Sox expanded their lead to three in the top of the second inning. Muno laid down a bunt with runners on the corners, bringing in Corey Dempster on a perfectly executed safety squeeze.
However, this Anglers team would not go down without a fight. In the bottom of the fifth inning Donovan Casey came around to score the A’s only run of the game despite Chatham not registering a hit in the inning. After leading off the frame with a walk, Casey moved to second when Montgomerie plunked John Aiello before advancing to third on an Orlando Garcia bunt. One batter later, Jake Palomaki drove his Boston College teammate in by slapping an RBI groundout to shortstop.
A stoppage of play occurred in the bottom of the fourth inning following a Jeremy Vasquez walk with two outs in the frame. After a lengthy meeting between the four umpires, Hagen Owenby – who was set to bat next with two runners on base – was called out, ending the inning.
After a brief explanation by the officiating crew, Schiffner was informed that Owenby was called out because of a discrepancy between Schiffner’s batting order and the one in the umpire’s possession.
“I looked at the lineup card [before the game] and said ‘Oh, I don’t want to have two lefties hitting back-to-back,’ so I changed it,” said the skipper. “With everything going on I never went over to the official lineup card and changed it. I’m glad [Y-D Coach Scott] Pickler used his trump card early so it didn’t mess things up for us. We were alright.”
The loss marks the end of Chatham’s surging play in August, as the Anglers finish the year at 17-26-1 and will now have to wait for 2017 for their next crack at the Cape Cod Baseball League Championship. With the win, Y-D advances to its third consecutive CCBL Championship Series.
“They battled, they wouldn’t gave up,” said Schiffner of the 2016 A’s. “They had such a great attitude, they wouldn’t let a big win take over them, they never let a bad loss take them down. I can think of a number of bad losses where we came back the next day and had a nice win. . . .that’s all we asked them to do, play better than they did yesterday and they did.”