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After Wareham scratched across two runs without recording a hit in the first, it seemed that the front end of Sunday’s doubleheader was caught in a downward spiral. But Anglers starter Charlie Dant (Dayton) settled the storm — while the defense behind him settled down — and Chatham (5-5-1) beat the Gatemen (3-8) 4-2 in the seven-inning game at Spillane Field.
The game one start was Dant’s first in an Anglers uniform, and he earned the win by giving up just one hit and two unearned runs in four innings of work. He also struck out four and walked two. Myles Gentry received the loss for Wareham after coming on in relief and giving up three runs in the decisive fifth inning.
The Gatemen scored first in the bottom of the first, and used two walks and two Angler errors to do so. Both Willie Calhoun and Charlie Warren — who hit one and two, respectively — both came across on a groundball that went through Kal Simmons’ (Kennesaw State) legs at short. It took a double play for Dant to get out of the first, but those were the last runs the Gatemen would score.
Chatham chipped away at the two-run deficit in the top of the third on an RBI double by Jake Fraley (LSU). Then they stranded the bases loaded in that frame before playing three runs — the game-winning runs — in the next half. Simmons reached on an error and Moore doubled, and the Anglers returned the favor by capitalizing on Wareham’s miscues. The first came when Landon Lassiter (North Carolina) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and two more came across on a throwing error.
And after Dant finished his day, the Chatham bullpen extended its fantastic start to the season. Lou Distasio (Rhode Island) threw a scoreless fifth to keep his season ERA at 0.00. Kyle Davis (Southern California), the team’s unofficial closer, shut the door with a two-inning save after defusing a small rally in the ninth.
It wasn’t pretty for either team as five combined errors muddied the final box score, but the Anglers grabbed the first leg of the twin bill nonetheless.