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Chatham can't keep pace with Brewster in 9-6 loss

by Chris Blake, 07-08-2022

Chatham can't keep pace with Brewster in 9-6 loss

Wyatt Evans has navigated unfamiliar territory with the Anglers. During his freshman season with Tennessee, the left-hander made 19 appearances, coming out of the bullpen in all of them. No outing lasted more than 1.1 innings.

On Thursday, Evans made his second start for Chatham and traversed well past his typical length with Tennessee. He did so successfully at first, limiting Brewster (11-8-4) to two hits through the first three innings of play.

After Alex Freeland flew out to begin the top of the fourth, Evans matched his longest appearance of the season. He continued, delving further into the unknown, but the Whitecaps found their footing. The next five batters reached base, breaking the game wide open.

Cameron Fisher and David Mendham began the outburst with back-to-back singles. After getting ahead 0-2, Evans walked Carson Demartini to load the bases. Grayson Tatrow then plated the game’s first run with a single to right field.

Kurtis Byrne delivered the blow to chase Evans from the game, rocketing a 1-1 pitch to left-center field. Chuck Ingram sprinted toward the fly ball as a logjam of base runners gathered near third base. After Byrne’s hit bounced off the bottom of the fence, all three Whitecaps ran home.

Chatham’s pitching woes continued throughout the game. The Anglers surrendered 16 hits in their 9-6 loss to Brewster at Veterans Field.

Ben Peterson ran into the same troubles as Evans. Called upon to end a messy inning, Peterson instead rekindled the fire. He walked the first batter he faced on four pitches. Two batters later, Peterson hit Davis Diaz with the bases loaded, putting the Whitecaps ahead 5-0.

Brewster piled onto its five-run fourth inning with a three-run eighth. With Peterson still on the mound and Chatham trailing 5-3, Byrne and Dixon Black launched consecutive RBI’s doubles, prompting Peterson to give way to Connor Bovair, who allowed an inherited runner to score before escaping the inning with the bases loaded.

In the early weeks of the season, nine runs from an opponent would have resulted in a decisive loss for Chatham, but the Anglers’ offense continued to build on its recent momentum Thursday.

Chatham (5-14-4) slowly dug itself out of a 5-0 deficit, beginning with Nelson Rivera’s solo home run to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning. The next three batters reached safely — Jake DeLeo on a single, and Cooper Ingle and Lyle Miller-Green on walks — to load the bases with no outs. After Ingram and Caden Grice both struck out swinging, Mitchell Daly cashed in with a two-RBI single up the middle.

“I was pleased that we stayed in the game for nine innings,” Chatham manager Tom Holliday said. “We didn’t roll over. That five-run inning was ugly. It kind takes a little bit of your energy away.”

The Anglers rallied again in the bottom of the eighth. Roc Riggio drove in Daly with a one-out single before Jack Rubenstein notched his first RBI on a groundout. DeLeo then pulled Chatham within two runs with a two-out RBI single to left field.

Chatham’s push came up short though. DeLeo’s 3-for-5 night, Daly’s two-hit, two-RBI performance and a pair of three-run innings were not enough to overcome Brewster’s barrage of hits.