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Chatham's offense proves itself again in tie with Wareham

by Chris Blake, 07-13-2022

Chatham's offense proves itself again in tie with Wareham

Chatham’s bats have turned a page since breaking out for a season-high seven runs on the Fourth of July. On Tuesday, the Anglers further legitimized their newfound offensive rhythm, tallying five runs through six innings against Wareham.

The game was cut short though. The lights at Spillane Field could not turn on to their fullest capacity, and as 8 p.m. neared and the Anglers took the field in the bottom of the sixth, the umpires ruled the game over, resulting in a 5-5 tie.

“(Home plate umpire Tim Carey) had already said it was too dark, he was having a hard time seeing the ball,” Chatham manager Tom Holliday said.

Still, the Anglers’ offense made its mark in the shortened game. In the top of the second, Caden Grice pulled a ground ball down the right field line and bounded into second with a standup double. Three pitches later, Jake DeLeo drove him in with a single up the middle.

DeLeo then worked his way around the bases, advancing to second on an errant back-pick, moving to third on a bunt and scoring on Mitchell Daly’s sacrifice fly.

Hayden Travinski punctuated the inning with a solo home run that elicited cheers from the Anglers’ dugout as soon as it left the bat.

Chatham’s production was not confined to a single inning. The Anglers (6-14-7) scored a run in three of their six turns at the plate. Marcus Brown led off the top of the third with a line-drive single before Roc Riggio bounced a ground ball through the right side of the infield to put runners at the corners. Cooper Ingle then pushed a hard bunt to first base to plate Brown and extend the Anglers’ lead to 4-0.

“It’s always taken a couple of weeks for guys to find the sweet spot, but now it’s like the guys at the top of our order are playing baseball,” Holliday said. “We’re moving runners. We’re bunting. We’re running. We’re generating offense.”

In the top of the fourth, Daly logged his second RBI of the game, driving in Matt Hogan — who had doubled off the left field wall — with a single to left.

While Chatham’s offense has gone to a new level, the team’s pitching — once its strength — has faltered, and Tuesday served as another example.

After a scoreless first two innings, which included two double plays, Nicholas Regalado allowed three runs in the bottom of the third. He faced seven batters and recorded just one out, walking three and hitting one in the frame. Over five innings on the mound, Anglers pitchers issued nine walks and hit two batters.

The Gatemen scored a run in each of the fourth and fifth innings, charging one to Carlos Rey and another to Lebarron Johnson Jr.

Wareham (11-12-4) had countless opportunities to further bludgeon Angler pitching. The Gatemen came away with a single run in the bottom of the fourth after loading the bases with no outs. Overall, Wareham left nine runners on base to Chatham’s two.

“I was kinda hoping that we’d catch up with our offense — because our pitching was so good — that we would win,” Holiday said. … “This is a big week on our schedule … I felt like we got to win five out of six this week. And I know ties don’t hurt you, but they don’t help you either.”