After three innings in Chatham, the winner had all but been determined. The Brewster Whitecaps (3-3) halted a three-game skid and dispatched the Anglers 12-2 on Wednesday.
Brewster entered play with a team batting average over .300. The league's top hitting squad punished Chatham early, sending nine batters to the plate in the top of the first inning and netting four runs on Anglers' starter Jeff Gibbs (Maine). In the first, five consecutive hitters reached base before Chatham could record an out, including a leadoff triple followed by an RBI double.
The Whitecaps notched four runs on four hits in the first, enough cause for Chatham manager John Schiffner to pull Gibbs in favor of freshman Alex Powers (Southern New Hampshire). Powers hit a batter in the second but still faced the minimum in his first inning of work but ran into a nightmare in the third.
Already up 4-0, the first six hitters in Brewster's half of the third inning reached base. The Whitecaps totaled six runs on four hits in the frame but got help from three Anglers errors in the third. Leading 10-0 after three complete, the Whitecaps stalled late but still scored a dozen runs on Wednesday evening.
Eight of the nine Brewster starting bats reached base at least twice. Tennessee freshman Alvin Andrew Toles was 3-6 at the dish with a double and a triple. Michigan State product Ryan Jones was 3-4 with a base on balls and Taylor Ard (Washington State) added a home run for the Whitecaps. Jones can boast a CCBL-leading .526 batting average after game six concluded Wednesday.
Runs were scarce for Chatham, but the team continued to play long ball as they have since game one. San Diego slugger Kris Bryant (pictured) lifted his first home run of the 2011 campaign to kick off the second inning. The only other run of the game for Chatham came in the seventh when catcher Shane O'Connell reached on a throwing error to open the seventh. The New Haven product came around to score with help from consecutive base hits in the back of the order.
Gibbs earned his first loss of the season after just one inning of work. The Toronto, Ontario native gave up four earned on four hits, walked a pair and struck out two in the shortest starting effort of the year by any pitcher for the Anglers.
Brandon Love's inaugural start for Brewster lasted five innings during which the junior from Mercer University conceded four hits and a single run. With plenty of run support, Love's effort which included four strikeouts was more than enough to earn the win.
After Love left the game, four other Whitecaps got reps on the bump. Scott Griggs out of UCLA threw a scoreless inning but was removed after his scoreless sixth in a scenario for the Whitecaps which featured an economy of pitchers.
Powers calmed down and worked through the fifth inning for Chatham. The second pitcher of the night gave up no runs after a six-run third which featured a handful of errors. Harwich native Bryant Warner of Bridgewater State tossed two innings and gave up just the homer to Ard. Louisville's Matt Koch finished out the contest with two scoreless for the Anglers.
Through half a dozen games, Chatham is now 2-3-1, with the club's only wins coming from a weekend doubleheader in Falmouth. Chatham is still looking for its first win at Veterans Field, but will be forced to wait until the weekend to grab their first W in front of the home fans.
Chatham will take an off day Thursday before heading back to Cotuit on Friday. The Anglers opened their schedule with a 7-7 split at Cotuit on June 10th. Start time in that contest is set for 5 p.m. ET.