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Chatham’s sloppy defense, sputtering offense leads to 8-1 loss against Y-D

by Anish Vasudevan, 06-30-2022

Chatham’s sloppy defense, sputtering offense leads to 8-1 loss against Y-D

Ben Peterson was activated on Thursday morning. The same day, he stepped onto the mound with Chatham trailing 3-1 in the sixth inning. Yarmouth-Dennis’ first two batters notched singles off Peterson, one going past a diving Adonys Herrera and another dribbling past Roc Riggio in between first and second.

Another hit came at Riggio, but the ball bounced off his mitt and onto the dirt. He couldn’t glove it in time to throw to first or second, loading the bases. thaAfter a visit to the mound from pitching coach Dennis Cook, Peterson balked, bringing home Chase Meidroth. Jordan Thompson then smacked his second two-RBI single into left field, extending the Red Sox lead.

“The defense tonight is the only thing that really bothered me,” manager Tom Holliday said.

Peterson gave up five runs in three innings while some defensive mistakes helped Y-D defeat Chatham 8-1. Guy Garibay Jr. scored the Anglers’ first run in 20 innings, but Dominic Tamez had their only other hit of the night.

Chatham had a season-high three errors after entering the game with seven — the fewest in the league. “We’ve proven that we can play defense, so I can’t accept that,” Holliday said about the errors.

Chris Villaman delivered a strong start the last time Chatham faced the Red Sox. He gave up two hits in the first three innings, but two runs on three hits in the fourth forced manager Tom Holliday to pull Villaman.

On Thursday, Villaman had a 1-2-3 first inning but started to lose control over his change-up and slider in the second. He opened the frame with three straight balls before finding the zone. But after three straight foul knocks from Caden Connor, Villaman missed the strike zone again, sending Connor to first with a walk.

Cole Carrigg hit a low bouncer just right of the mound. Villaman couldn’t get to it in time, and Carrigg reached safely. Then, Villaman picked to first, putting Carrigg in a rundown. Instead of going after Carrigg for the final, Grice threw to third to get Connor. But the throw wasn’t in time, leaving everyone safe. Thompson then brought both runners home on a single down the left field line, giving the Red Sox a 2-0 lead.

Grice and Cooper Ingle walked in the start of the next frame, prompting Y-D’s pitching coach to take a trip to the mound. Starter Grant Taylor stayed in though, striking out Matt Hogan and Herrera to end the inning.

Garibay Jr. swung at the first pitch he saw to open the third, launching the ball over the center field fence. Holliday has stressed that the Anglers have analyzed pitchers too much, and that sometimes the first pitch is the best one. Garibay Jr.’s hit was the Anglers’ first hit in 11 innings — the last being Johnny Castagnozzi’s home run which helped them tie Hyannis 4-4 on Sunday.

“Just getting in time with the fastball and getting in front, that's what I was thinking about all day,” Garibay Jr. said about the home run.

Riggio, Marcus Brown and Jake DeLeo all flew out following Garibay Jr.’s home run, bringing Villaman back out to the mound. He walked Cole Carrigg, who eventually stole second after Tamez’s throw skipped over the second base bag.

Villaman threw to second to try and catch Carrigg, who immediately took off to third base. Riggio caught the heave from Villaman, but his throw to Herrera was too far right. The ball rolled toward the Anglers’ dugout, and by the time Herrera picked it up, Carrigg’s cleats had touched home plate.

“It’s going to happen once in a while, it just happened three times today,” Garibay Jr. said about the errors. “We’re going to clean it up.”