It was a picturesque June afternoon when the Anglers pulled into Yarmouth's Red Wilson Field, trying to extend their solid start to 3-0. When they left Red Wilson Field a few hours later, the afternoon was no longer picturesque, but Chatham was 3-0, thanks to more timely offense. Chatham opened with Pittsburgh-Johnstown's Kaleb Fleck, while the Red Sox opposed him with UC Davis freshman Scott Lyman.
Both pitchers were solid until the Chatham fourth. With one out, Long Beach State's Joey Terdoslavich cracked his first hit of the summer, a double off the left field wall. A wild pitch to Steven Brooks moved Terdoslavich to third. After Brooks walked, another wild pitch, this time to George Carroll, scored Terdoslavich from third with the game's first run. The Chatham threat was wiped out when Matt Perry, making his first appearance of the summer from Holy Cross, grounded into an inning-ending double play.
After Fleck worked out of a two-on jam in the fourth, he was replaced after the fifth. Fleck was solid, allowing only a bunt single while striking out four in five innings. Oklahoma State's Thomas Keeling replaced him, but struggled early. The Sox opened the inning with back to back singles, and a one out walk to Mickey Wiswall loaded the bases for San Diego's Steve Chatwood. Trying to tie the game, Chatwood lifted a fly ball to deep left field that was hauled in by Brooks, but it was deep enough to score Josh Rutledge from third with the tying run.
Faced with a tie game, the Anglers wasted no time in the seventh inning off of Y-D reliever Matt Tone. Nick Schwaner drove in Matt Perry with a single that moved Whit Merrifield to third. Scott Pickler went to his bullpen, bringing in Kentucky's Matt Little. Little immediately picked Nick Schwaner off of first, but the New Orleans Privateer managed to get caught in a rundown that allowed Whit Merrifield to score from third, giving the Anglers a 3-1 lead.
Heading into the bottom of the seventh, John Schiffner went back to a pair of Vanderbilt arms. Taylor Hill gave up a run in the seventh on an RBI double from Josh Rutledge, but retired the side in the order in the eighth. With temperatures plummeting into the middle fifties under gloomy skies, the Anglers went with Vanderbilt's Russell Brewer to shut the door. Brewer allowed just a pinch hit single, and when Jonathan Jones flew out, the Anglers were 3-0.
In their 3-0 start, three different Chatham pitchers have recorded saves- Hill, Kennelly, and Brewer.
WP- Keeling (1-0) LP- Tone (0-1) SV- Brewer (1)
The Anglers are next in action Tuesday night, when they return to Veterans Field to take on the Cotuit Kettleers at 7 PM. San Diego righthander Jake Thompson takes the mound for Chatham, hoping to throw more than one inning, which was the case last Friday due to fog.
Full coverage of Tuesday's game begins with the Anglers Extra pregame show at 6:40 on chathamanglers.com...
That fogout from Friday will be made up this Wednesday, as the Wareham Gatemen visit at 7 PM.
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