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Kyle Davis (Southern California) gave up the first hit of the day with two outs in the third. Nine-hole hitter Nico Giarratano lined a fastball right up the middle and it clipped Davis’ glove before caroming into center field. The right-hander winced and his facial expression said that he should have caught the ball. But he got out of the inning a hitter later before using strikeouts to seamlessly escape the fourth.
Not much could rain on Davis’ day, until the bottom of the fifth did.
“Kyle was great tonight and just cruised through those four innings,” catcher Nick Collins (Georgetown) said. “He ran into some trouble in the fifth but balls were just finding holes. That’s how it’s been going for us.”
That inning started with four straight hits off Davis — before he was relieved by Zack Burdi (Louisville) without recording an out — and ended with seven runs for a Yarmouth-Dennis (20-15) team that eventually beat Chatham (14-20-1) 8-4 at Red Wilson Field on Wednesday night. The loss runs the Anglers’ losing streak to four games and moves their summer record at Y-D to 2-1.
Davis received the loss after scattering seven runs in four innings of work. Cody Poteet, despite giving up four runs in five innings, earned the win and the Red Sox’ bullpen blanked Chatham in the final four frames.
“I felt really good, even in the fifth inning,” Davis said. “Since it was my first start of the summer I can learn from this. I just was disappointed I couldn’t help my team win today.”
Davis started USC’s last game of the season and struck out 14 Oregon State hitters in a complete-game win, and has been asking manager John Schiffner and pitching coach Jake McCarter for a chance to start for the Anglers. He got that chance, and used his four-pitch arsenal to stiff arm Yarmouth-Dennis for four innings. Contrary to his 24 strikeouts in 20 innings prior to the game, Davis got through the first and second with a balanced die out of fly outs and ground outs. His first punch out came to start the third, added two more to his line in the fourth and finished with five.
And before the Red Sox broke the game wide open, the Chatham offense responded to Davis’ early dominance. Patrick Mazeika (Stetson) singled in two runs in the first before Collins collected two RBI singles — which came in the third and fifth and scored Ty Moore (UCLA) both times — to bump the lead to 4-0. Collins, who will be a backup for the East Division in the All-Star game on Sunday, finished 3-for-3 and was expectedly ho-hum about the performance.
“I was just seeing the ball well. That was it,” he said.
Then the scoreboard took a 180-degree turn. The Red Sox’ backbreaking rally started with five straight hits and when Davis did strike out Vincent Jackson for what at first appeared as the first out, the curveball squirted away from Collins and a run came home. That was the inning in a nut shell, as every hitter from six to three spot in Y-D’s lineup scored a run. That came out to seven total tallies, a blow the Anglers didn’t recover from.
While the Anglers and Red Sox were wrapping up their game, Brewster fell to Falmouth, 7-3, at Arnie Allen Diamond at Guv Fuller Field. That result kept Chatham’s lead over the last-place Whitecaps at four points. But without the fifth, that gap could have widened.
“One inning,” Schiffner said. “One friggin’ inning. That’s what they got tonight.”