On Saturday night, Chatham was knocked around for a 12-2 loss against the Wareham Gatemen at Spillane Field. Totaling just three hits on the game, the Anglers (18-21-2) had difficulty finding a rhythm at the plate against a Gatemen team that would not stop attacking.
"The Wareham gods got us," said manager John Schiffner
. "They just get us. We do not play well here. We got behind early and that is a real tough lineup. You just can't make a mistake against them. Their two, three, four and five hitters are really tough."
Box Score Wareham 12, Chatham 2
Franklin Pierce's Ryan Thompson
(1-3, 3.86 ERA) suffered the loss for the Anglers (18-21-2), surrendering six earned runs on eight hits in five innings. All six of Wareham's runs against Thompson came via the home run.
"Thompson threw pretty well and they (Wareham) just hammered him," said Schiffner.
Following Thompson's departure, North Carolina's Tate Parrish
(1-3, 2.84 ERA) entered the game in relief and produced one of his best outings of the season. In two innings of work, Parrish did not allow a run and struck out four batters.
"I was very happy for Tate," said Schiffner. "He's pitched to some bad luck the last few times. He hasn't gotten a couple of calls lately and we've had to get him out of there. He deserved that outing."
In addition to Thompson and Parrish, Chatham also got appearances from Princeton's Michael Fagan
(0-0, 19.90 ERA) and Florida Gulf Coast's Ryan Atwood
(0-1, 2.00 ERA). Fagan gave up six runs on two hits in a third of an inning and Atwood struck out one batter in two thirds of an inning.
Louisville's Cole Sturgeon
(1-0, 2.35 ERA) earned the win for the Gatemen (18-23), striking out four batters in two and two thirds innings. Sturgeon was a key piece of a Wareham bullpen that allowed two hits in four and two thirds innings and finished the job for Richmond's Dylan Stoops
(0-0, 2.08 ERA), who earned a no-decision after allowing one earned run on one hit in four and a third innings pitched.
Despite the 12-2 loss, Chatham began Saturday with a 1-0 lead. After Miami's Dale Carey
and UCLA's Pat Valaika
walked to begin the game and Louisville's Adam Engel
singled, San Diego's Louie Lechich
hit an RBI groundout to give the Anglers their first run of the day.
"Louie's done a very good job for us lately," said Schiffner.
Chatham's only other run on Saturday came in the fifth inning when Carey came around to score on a passed ball.
For Wareham, the Gatemen followed the lead of Virginia Tech's Tyler Horan
and Georgia Tech's Mott Hyde
, who both went 2 for 4 and combined for 10 RBI. Horan's two hits came in the form of a two-run home run and a three-run home run to give him 15 long balls on the season, while Hyde produced a solo home run of his own and a three-run double.
Yet, even with Wareham's two-man show, Saturday was not all gloom for the Anglers. Prior to the game, Schiffner had the entire team over to his house for a barbecue.
"We haven't done that in a few years," he said. "It just worked out well and the weather was good. Late in the season, you want to do something for the guys and we knew the best time to do it would be on a road game. It was a fun day and a fun time. I had a lot of fun cooking and hanging out with the guys in a different setting."
On Sunday, when the Anglers return to Veterans Field to take on the Harwich Mariners (25-15-1), the coaching staff will be two men shorter than usual. Due to their coaching responsibilities in California, both Derek Sullivan
and Pat McGee
have had to leave Chatham early. Two highly important assets to the team, both Sullivan and McGee have played a crucial role in the team's success this season.
"They've been tremendous," said Schiffner. "First of all, they are tremendous people and hard workers. Sully has dedicated himself to making Veterans Field the best field in the league and he's always there for the guys in every capacity that a coach should be. And Pat's as good of a hitting coach as you can find. He's done a really really good job. It doesn't always show up as much in the statistics as it much as it should. He's really helped these guys become better hitters. You're going to see the results of Pat's work next spring."
For live coverage of Sunday's game, tune into the Anglers Extra Pregame Show at 6:40 p.m. with broadcasters Chris Fitzgerald and Brandon Liebhaber at TRZ Teamline
or call 1-800-846-4700, code 3841.