Self Stops Four Game Skid With Complete Game Victory
by Anglers Media Team Sunday, July 11, 2010
A dominating performance by Chatham starter Derek Self (Louisville) put the Anglers back in the win column Sunday night, snapping a four-game losing skid with a 3-1 victory at Hyannis. Self needed just 85 pitches to close out his complete game one-hitter, holding the Harbor Hawks to just one run (unearned) with three strikeouts. Hyannis managed to put just four runners on base thanks to the one hit, a hit batsman, and two Chatham errors. The Anglers remain behind Brewster and Yarmouth-Dennis in the Eastern Division with a 12-10-1 record, good for third place.
The bats got going early for the Anglers, posting two hits in the first inning off of Hyannis starter Brian Dupra (Notre Dame), but the boys in blue couldn't produce any runs until the fourth inning after designated hitter Joe Pavone (UConn) led off the inning with a walk. A single by Aaron Westlake (Vanderbilt) advanced Pavone to second, before a single by Jacob Stallings (UNC) would load the bases. With just one man down in the inning, second baseman Riley Reynolds (Vanderbilt) stepped in and laced a two-run single to put the Anglers up 2-0.
Hyannis would fight to within one in the next inning, after catcher Dan Sheppard (Iowa) was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. A sacrifice bunt in the next at-bat by right fielder Tyler Thompson (Florida) advanced Sheppard to second, with a ground out by left fielder Mark Micowski (Georgia St.) advancing him to third before a pitch skipped off the glove of Stallings and allowed Sheppard to score.
Leading 2-1 going into the seventh, the Anglers would tack on one more run after shortstop Joe DePinto (USC) singled to lead off the inning against Hyannis reliever Jimmy Messer (UNC). Messer would allow four straight hits to start the inning, including an RBI single by Pavone to put Chatham up 3-1. Six batters in the Anglers' lineup recorded two hits or more on the night, with Pavone finishing the night 3-5 with the RBI, a walk and a run scored.
Self would come on to start the ninth, and use just twelve pitches to retire the side in order and close out the victory. His record now stands at 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA through five appearances (four starts). He is now averaging just over seven innings per start. Pavone, with his three hit night is now batting .313 for the season. Westlake, with his two hits, now carries a .370 batting average, and has collected two or more hits in four outings over the course of his current seven game hitting streak.
The Anglers return home Monday night to welcome Yarmouth-Dennis to Veteran's Field for the first meeting between the two teams of the 2010 campaign. First pitch is scheduled for 7pm, with the broadcast starting at 6:40pm with the Anglers Extra Pregame Show. Tune in to the broadcast at www.chathamanglers.com, or listen live on your home or mobile telephone by dialing in to the TRZ Teamline at 1-800-846-4700, team code 3841.