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Anglers Come Up Just Short Against Brewster

by Mike Morris, 07-12-2011

The momentum of Chatham's dramatic 6-5 win over Harwich Monday night was halted when the Brewster Whitecaps (14-10-3) visited Veterans Field on Tuesday.

The Anglers (7-18-1) put the game-tying run on second base in the bottom of the ninth, but fell just short of making another late-game comeback, losing 4-3.

Drew Steckenrider (Tennessee) improved to 2-0 for Brewster while Pat Light (Monmouth) dropped to 0-4 for the Anglers.

It was a pitchers duel early in the game. Chatham's Dominic Leone (Clemson) 0-2, 2.57 ERA, allowed only one hit through three innings. Nonetheless, Brewster's Tony Bucciferro (Michigan State) enjoyed the 1-0 lead heading into the fourth.

Two free passes and a sac bunt put two runners in scoring position for the Whitecaps' Jason Monda (Washington State). He sent a fly ball deep enough to center field to score the game's first run from third base.

If Brewster's first run was unorthodox (no hits in the inning), Chatham's game-tying run in the fourth inning was even more so.

With one out, Evan Marzilli (South Carolina) struck out swinging. At least that is how the play was officially recorded.

Actually, Marzilli reached first base on a third-strike passed ball by Brewster's catcher Chase Anselment (Washington). A balk by Bucciferro put Marzilli in scoring position with one out in the fourth.

Moments later, Chatham's Richie Shaffer (Clemson) tied the game, 1-1, with an RBI single. Two quick outs meant the Angler threat was over in the fourth.

Both runs that Leone allowed were put on base via the walk. Taylor Ard (Washington State) led off the sixth by drawing one of four base on balls issued by the Chatham starter.

J.J. Altobelli (Oregon) made him pay. With two outs in the inning and Ard still on first, the Oregon Duck launched an RBI triple into right-center field. The ball bounced, hit the top of the fence, and came back into play.

Altobelli was stranded on third base when the top of the six inning ended, but he had put Brewster on top once again, 2-1.

As has been the case lately for the Anglers, the first two-thirds of the game breezed by at a good clip, while at times, the final third seemed grind to a screeching halt.

Chatham scored an unearned run off of reliever Austin Voth (Washington) in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game once again.

Anglers' catcher du jour J.T. Watkins (West Point)who put forth some serious effort behind the plate diving, sliding, and blocking balls all nightreached second on a two-base error by the Whitecaps' shortstop Trace Tam Sing (Washington).

Alex Calbick (Maine) drew a walk, bringing Beau Amaral (UCLA) to the plate. After working the count full, Amaral looped a single to right field, scoring Watkins.

Chatham 2, Brewster 2.

In top of the eighth, walks were again the story for Chatham's pitching staff. Reliever Pat Light (Monmouth), who came on in the seventh, issued two free passes after striking out the leadoff batter.

With two on, one out, and Tanner Nivins (Stony Brook) at the plate, manager John Schiffner made a call to the bullpen for Trae Davis (Baylor).

The hard-throwing righty promptly struck out Nivins, then walked Altobelli to load the bases with two outs. Trace Tam Sing came up with the go-ahead RBI for the Whitecaps when he dropped a hit into right field.

Two runs scored, thanks in part to an error by Marzilli in right field, who charged the ball in hopes of cutting down a run at home.

Davis escaped further trouble, but the damage was done. Brewster 4, Chatham 2.

Chatham got a run back in the home half of the eighth without the help of a hit. A walk, hit-by-pitch, and sac bunt set the stage for a Kris Bryant (San Diego) RBI sac fly to center field.

The score was 4-3 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, with Brewster fireballer J.T. Chargois (Rice) in to close.

The Anglers' Dane Phillips (Oklahoma State) worked a walk. Pinch bunter Darrell Matthews (Cal) executed a flawless sac bunt to move Phillips to second base. That is as far as he would advance.

Chargois took the wind out of Chatham's mounting comeback by striking out Amaral and Sever to end the game.

"We battled again," said Schiffner. "It's just a matter of our luck turning. For the kids' sake and the fans' sake, I hope we turn it around."

Luckily, the Anglers do not have long to wait. Chatham travels to Y-D for a 5 p.m. start Wednesday night.

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