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BOURNE, Mass. – A broken bat single. Just a little flair looping above the outstretched reach of an infielder trying to catch a ball while dealing with flying debris. That was the difference between the Chatham Anglers (18-15) and Bourne Braves (15-16) at Doran Park Sunday night.
The two-out flair came off the shattered bat of Bourne’s Mike Garzillo, and it gave the Braves the go-ahead run en route to recording a 4-2 Bourne victory. The outcome prevented Chatham from completing a season sweep in the final scheduled meeting between the two teams.
Despite landing on the wrong side of the outcome, the Anglers got another quality performance from their pitching staff.
Garrett Williams (Oklahoma State) made his second start of the summer for the Anglers. The left-hander gave himself a high standard to meet after throwing five scoreless innings of two-hit ball against Harwich on July 12, but he lived up to his past excellence.
Williams struck out six batters and did not allow an earned run in 4.2 innings against the Braves. The two unearned runs the Braves stole off him resulted from a pair of errors in the bottom of the fifth.
“He threw very well again—we just kicked the ball around a little bit behind him,” said Schiffner. “He was very well composed and battled to the end.”
A series of Chatham relievers followed Williams on the hill and picked up right where the Angler pen has left off the last three nights. Cameron Stone (Stony Brook) was the first to enter the game, and he recorded the final out of the fifth and all three outs of the sixth.
The Braves threatened to expand their lead when they put two runners on with no outs in the subsequent inning, but Jeff Paschke (Southern California) had other plans. The right-hander fought back from the jam in the most emphatic way possible—striking out the side.
“That was pretty impressive,” said Schiffner. “He did what we needed him to do in that situation.”
Meanwhile, the Angler offense came alive to support their pitching staff in the late innings. Todd Czinege (Villanova) delivered the first dagger by bringing Luke Persico (UCLA) home with an RBI single to right.
In the following inning, Aaron Barnett (Pepperdine) extended his hit streak to seven games with a timely single that pushed Garrett Hampson (Long Beach State) to third. Will Craig (Wake Forest) followed by launching one to right field to drive in another.
Andre Scrubb (High Point) got the first two outs of the eighth, and Aaron McGarity (Virginia Tech) recorded the final out in two pitches.
Chatham threatened in the ninth, but Bourne’s Austin Conway was able to save the 4-2 Brave victory.
The Anglers next enjoy and off-day Monday before heading to Cotuit to face the Kettleers (12-20) 5 p.m. Tuesday. Neither team has put forward probable pitchers for the game yet.