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Garret Williams (Oklahoma State) is no stranger to the Chatham vs. Orleans rivalry. The left-hander from Shreveport, Louisiana has been on the Anglers’ roster for nine installments of the summer-time showdown. On Saturday night at Eldredge Park, he did his part to add a small segment to the storied history between the two teams.
“He looked very, very good tonight,” said Manager John Schiffner. “He threw exceptionally well— I’m really happy for him.”
Williams struck out five batters in three scoreless innings of relief. He walked one and did not allow a hit, but the Firebirds bested the Anglers 4-2.
“[Williams] just looked totally calm and composed out there,” said Aaron Barnett (Pepperdine), who caught the game. “His stuff is so good. He struck out a lot of guys with his curveball, and his two-seam fastball is great too.”
Prior to Williams, Daniel Castano (Baylor) started his fourth game of the summer for Chatham. The southpaw struck out two Firebirds and did not issue a free pass in four innings of five-hit ball. The Angler had smooth sailing in three of four frames, throwing 40 strikes in 58 pitches.
“He pitched well,” said Schiffner. “That is a tough lineup of right-handed batters—their righties are good.”
After the first six Orleans batters went down in order, the Firebirds made what would prove to be their only breakthrough in the bottom of the third. Two Orleans batters reached base on bunts to set up the four-run stanza.
Alex Call (Ball State) delivered the pivotal hit for the Firebirds—a one-out, two-run double down the third-base line. The other runs came via a Daniel Pinero (Virginia) single and a wild pitch.
At the plate, a pair of firsts accounted for the Anglers’ two runs. Jake Fraley (Louisiana State) drove in his first RBI of the summer (in his third game) with a single in the top of the fifth. Kyle Brooks (North Florida) recorded his first Cape League RBI with a single in the top of the next frame.
“Whenever, I have a runner on-base I try to score that runner,” said Brooks. “I got my first RBI tonight, and hopefully that gets me rolling and I get a few good games in a row here.”
Jeff Paschke (Southern California) threw a scoreless eighth inning. The righty has now thrown 7.2 innings of relief without surrendering a run.
“He’s throwing well and getting better,” said Schiffner. “Tonight was a really good outing for him.”
The Anglers next host the Harwich Mariners at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Chatham is expected to go with the right-hander from Indiana, Parker Dunshee (Wake Forest). Dunshee is 2-1 with a 2.20 ERA on the summer. 76% of his pitches have been strikes, and he has issued one walk in 16.1 innings. Harwich is scheduled to counter with Joe O’Donnell (North Carolina State). He is 0-1 with a 3.76 ERA on the Cape.