Kettleers Run Past Anglers
In a game full of twists, turns, and frigid cold weather, the Chatham Anglers were unable to complete their comeback attempt against Cotuit in a 5-3 loss against the Kettleers on Tuesday night.
The Kettleers ran early and often putting one run on the board in the first inning when leadoff man Chris Bisson singled, swiped second and third base, then scored on an errant throw by catcher Phillip Pohl. The stolen bases were numbers nine and ten for Bisson who leads the league in that category. Cotuit stole seven bases in the game and have twenty-three on the season.
The score remained 1-0 until the top of the fourth inning when the Kettleers led off with back-to-back-to-back singles by Devon Harris, Tony Plagman, and Zach Cone. Kevin Patterson capitalized on the bases loaded opportunity by ripping a two-RBI double down the first base line to make it 3-0 Cotuit.
As the temperature dipped into the forties at Veterans Field, Cotuit tried to pull the hidden ball trick in the fifth inning. Shortstop Chris Bisson held onto the ball after a Matt Perry single moved Phil Pohl over to second base. Bisson tagged Pohl but the umpire called him safe and the game was delayed for nearly ten minutes when Cotuit field manager Mike Roberts stepped onto the field to dispute the call.
After Cotuit tacked on another run in the sixth, Chatham's bats finally got rolling in the bottom half of the inning. Third baseman Nick Schwaner made up for an error in the top half of the inning by smacking a leadoff double. A Parker Bangs walk and a Dean Green hit-by-pitch loaded up the bases for switch hitter Joey Terdoslavich. Terdoslavich took advantage by smacking a single into the gap in left-centerfield that brought in a pair of runs to cut the 4-0 deficit in half.
The Kettleers added an insurance run the following inning when Florida Southern's Zach Maggard knocked a solo homerun over the left field wall off of Chatham lefty Kevin Scanlan.
Cotuit sent in Craig Fritsch to close things out and he did just that. Chatham was unable to capitalize with runners on first and second with no outs in the bottom of the ninth. An unsuccessful bunt from Nick Schwaner kept the runners at first and second, and a ground ball from Parker Bangs turned into a game-ending double play.
Long Beach State starter Jake Thompson took the loss for Chatham, giving up three runs (two of them earned) in five innings pitched, while Cotuit's Chad Bell earned the win tossing five scoreless innings surrendering just three hits and notching four strikeouts.
The first loss of the season for the Anglers moves their record to 3-1 and Cotuit improves to 2-1-1.
Anglers baseball resumes Wednesday night at 7PM with a make-up game against the Wareham Gatemen at Veterans Field. Catch all of the action beginning at 6:40PM with the Anglers Extra Pregame Show.