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Anglers look for Fourth-of-July Victory against Orleans

by Chris Jones
Thursday, July 04, 2013

Anglers look for Fourth-of-July Victory against Orleans
Starter Andrew McGee (Monmouth) has a specific pre-game regiment before each one of his starts.

"I've got a routine. I always have to shave in the morning, then I have to get a burrito at the Corner Store, and then I pretty much have the same pre-game workout each time." McGee said.

Right before the game, McGee can be seen sitting stoically in the dugout with his headphones in, focusing intently on what he has to do in his upcoming performance

So far, McGee's pre-game schedule has seemed to be paying massive dividends in his first three starts, as he has posted an impressive 0.50 ERA, only allowing one run in 18 innings pitched. He has also struck-out 20 batters this season, which leads the Cape League.

"I am just going to keep eating my Corner Store burritos and see what happens," McGee said.

McGee will return to the mound for his fourth start of the season, and will look for his third win of the year as the Anglers (10-6-1) take on the Orleans Firebirds (9-7) Thursday night at Veterans Field.

McGee's counterpart on the mound will be Orleans right-hander Josh Sborz (Virginia), who is 1-0 on the season with a 3.85 ERA. In his last start, Sborz gave up five hits and two earned-runs, striking out four, but was not handed the loss in a 7-2 defeat to Harwich.

photo by Chelsea Capwell/Chatham Anglers
Andrew McGee (Monmouth), tonight's starter, and the Anglers
took part in the annual Chatham Fourth-of-July parade.

For the Virginia Cavaliers in 2013, Sborz held an impressive 1.98 ERA in 30 appearances (3 starts), striking out 47 and holding batters to a .206 average in 50 innings pitched.

The Anglers batters will look to rebound from only managing one hit on Wednesday against the Firebirds in a 3-0 loss. The Chatham offense is currently seventh in the league in hitting with a team .238 batting average.

The Orleans offense has three men in top ten in total batting in Greg Allen (San Diego State), Zach Fish (Oklahoma State), and Collin Slaybaugh (Washington State).

Chatham is still searching for their first win against the rival Orleans in 2013, but Coach John Schiffner doesn't think that has an effect on the team mentality.

"The players don't really know about the whole rivalry because they have only been here for a short time," Schiffner said. "I don't think it will really have an effect on them. Its a new game, and they will come out and play."

The game against Orleans is just one of the many festivities around the town of Chatham for the fourth of july. The Anglers team participated in the annual town parade that included thousands of people in attendance.

When the Anglers traveled to Eldridge Park on Wednesday, Sheehan Planas-Arteaga (Barry U) noticed something about their fans, and issued a plea to the Angler faithful.

"They had a lot of fans at their field, but they weren't cheering very loud," Planas-Arteaga said. "I hope our fans come out to the game and make some noise. Hopefully we can come out and get the win."

First pitch at 7 p.m. Tune into the Anglers Extra Pregame Show at 6:40 p.m. for live coverage with broadcasters Brandon Liebhaber and Keith Zubrow at TRZ Teamline or call 1-800-846-4700, code 3841.