Anglers Win Three Out of Four with Victory at Brewster
by Mike Morris Sunday, July 17, 2011
The Chatham Anglers have won three out of four games, beating Brewster on Sunday night 8-5.
The 10-20-1 Anglers got six innings of solid pitching from Chris Munnelly (UNC), who picked up his first win of the 2011 campaign, giving up five runs on nine hits, one walk, and one K.
The losing pitcher for the Whitecaps was Scott Griggs (UCLA), who surrendered six runs (three earned), six hits, and five walks.
Right from the get-go, the fans at Stony Brook Field knew that Sunday night's contest was not going to be your standard Cape League baseball game.
Joe Sever (Pepperdine) stood on third base after reaching on a broken bat single to lead off the game. A passed ball by Brewster catcher Chase Anselment (Washington), who battled to keep balls in front of him behind the dish all night, brought home Sever from third.
On a freak play, home plate umpire Perry Barber found herself in between the catcher and home plate as Anselment was shoveling the ball to Griggs. The relay caught Barber square in the nose.
The run scored, but Barber was injured. She was tended to by both team's training staffs, and after a half-hour delay, the game continued with only two umpires.
In the bottom half of the first inning, the Whitecaps tied the score at 1-1. Andrew Toles (Tennessee) led off with a single, stole second and third, and then was driven home by an RBI ground out.
The offensive juggernaut for Chatham was Dane Phillips (OK State). He collected three RBI and three runs scored while going 3-5 at the plate.
He first made his presence felt in the second inning with a two-run single into left field, creating a two-out, runners of the corners scenario. The Anglers' leading RBI man would be followed by Chatham's second-leading run producer, Richie Shaffer (Clemson).
The 6'3" cleanup hitter skied a ball to center field, which Andrew Toles completely lost in the sun. In his confusion, Toles slipped and fell, allowing the ball to drop, two runs to score, and Shaffer to reach second base.
The first inning and a half of baseball in Brewster had taken one hour to play, and the Anglers led by a score of 5-1. Game pace is significant in Brewster because, being a venue without lights, the games can only be played so long as there is enough daylight.
The Whitecaps scrapped a run together off of Munnelly in the bottom of the third. Shortstop Trace Tam Sing (Washington State) shot a base hit between the first and second baseman, then advanced to second via a passed ball charged to Phillips and to third on a fly ball to right field. An RBI sac fly to deep center field allowed Tam Sing to tag and score Brewster's second run.
Adding to the unusual nature of Sunday's game was a Stony Brook Field first: the visiting team hit a home run for the first time in 2011.
Who else but Dane Phillips was responsible for breaking the Whitecaps streak' He turned on a pitch from Griggs, and aided by a strong wind blowing out from home plate, blasted a solo shot over the fence in right field.
"He's really been on fire for us in the last 10 games," said Chatham skipper John Schiffner.
With the help of only four hits, Chatham led Brewster 6-2 after 3.5 innings.
In the very next half inning, though, Brewster would join the home run antics. Birthday boy Tanner Nivins (Stony Brook) hit his team-leading fifth home run, a two-run bomb to left field off of Munnelly.
The scoreboard read 6-4 Chatham until the bottom of the sixth, when another Whitecaps player went yard. The catcher, Anselment, hit a ball to center field that would have been a long out on most days. On Sunday night, with the flag in center field blowing strongly away from home plate, Anselment's fly out turned into a solo home run.
The Angler lead had been cut to 6-5.
Munnelly's win was not in jeopardy, though, thanks to the two-spot the Anglers put up in the top of the seventh inning. Phillips led off with a hit, followed by an RBI double that Shaffer drilled to the wall in left center field. Shaffer crossed the plate three batters later, during a Beau Amaral (UCLA) at bat, when Anselment allowed another passed ball to scoot by him.
After a scoreless seventh inning by Anglers' reliever Trae Davis (Baylor), Matt Koch (Louisville) took care of the final two innings, relinquishing only one hit and one walk, while striking out two batters.
"He's been our guy. I love to watch him pitch, just grab the ball and pitch," said Schiffner. "He has worked really hard since he's been here and he's really done a fantastic job."
Koch's most triumphant moment came with the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the eighth in the form of pinch hitter J.T. Chargrois (Rice). The righty hurler ended the inning with an exclamation point, striking out Chargrois.
The Anglers have picked up some momentum and with twelve games left to play in the regular season, look to continue to play sound baseball.
Monday night Cotuit comes to Chatham for a make-up game. First pitch is at 7 p.m. ET.