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A complete performance from the Chatham (4-5-1) hitters and pitchers helped the team to a 6-2 win over Falmouth (4-5-1) at Veterans Field on Saturday. The triumph came a day after the Anglers tied the Commodores, 3-3, at Arnie Allen Diamond at Guv Fuller Park on Friday, giving Chatham a four-run edge in the home-and-home series before traveling to Wareham for a Sunday doubleheader.
At the plate
Three players collected two hits in the win, and the team totaled an even 10 knocks. It was a five-run fourth inning that helped Chatham to the win, but good at-bats throughout the game caught manager John Schiffner’s attention.
“They’ve been doing this for a few games now,” Schiffner said. “Just having good at-bats and hitting really well in every situation.”
The five-run frame was kickstarted by Patrick Mazeika (Stetson), who became the first Angler to hit a home run at Veterans Field this season when he launched one over the right-field fence. Kal Simmons (Kennesaw State) and Chris Shaw (Boston College) each collected an RBI, and a two-run double by Ty Moore (UCLA) rounded out the rally. Moore finished the game 2-for-5 with a run and two RBIs, improving his season average to an impressive .320.
“We were talking in the dugout about what we were seeing and I think that helped,” Simmons said. “It came together in that fourth when we all took a similar approach.”
On the mound
In his second start of the season, Max Tishman (Wake Forest) earned the win to improve to 1-1. The lefty was as efficient as he was in his first start against Cotuit, and received contributions from both the offense and defense in his 5.1 innings of work.
“The defense was great behind me, I can’t say enough about that,” Tishman said. “Once we got the five runs I was happy to hold the lead.”
Tishman didn’t give up any runs in the game, and allowed four hits and two walks while striking out three — bringing his season ERA to 1.80. He handed the ball to Mike Wallace (Fairfield), who used two pitches to get out of the sixth before giving up two runs — one earned — in a 3.2-inning save.
“(Tishman) was great, (Wallace) was great,” Schiffner said. “When you can throw two guys and get a win that’s a good thing.”
Chatham (4-5-1) will travel to Wareham (3-7) for its second doubleheader of the season on Sunday. The Gatemen have the worst record in the league and are in the basement of the West Division, but beat the Anglers 13-3 at Veterans Field on June 12. Anthony Kay earned the win in that game and is expected to start game one. He has not started a game this summer but has thrown 7.2 scoreless innings in relief.