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FALMOUTH, Mass. – The Cape Cod Baseball League is known for tough pitching, and the Chatham Anglers (20-15) have done their part to further that reputation this year. The staff who entered Wednesday with a .219 opponent batting average and 2.82 ERA (second and third in the league respectively) put together another collective performance emblematic of what they have done all year.
“It is fun to watch these guys pitch,” said Manager John Schiffner. “They all just come out and do their jobs.”
In total three Chatham pitchers combined to virtually silence the Commodores (13-21-1) in a 4-1 victory at Arnie Allen Diamond in Falmouth. It was the ninth time Chatham held an opponent to one run or fewer this season.
Parker Dunshee (Wake Forest) put the pitching staff’s collective effort in motion with another solid outing in his sixth start of the summer. The right-hander only threw three innings to be set up to pitch in the Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game on Saturday, but he did not allow a hit in those frames. Dunshee recorded four of his nine outs via strikeout and faced the minimum.
“He hit his spots very well tonight,” said Schiffner. “Several of them were strikeouts looking.”
Dunshee was succeeded by a trio of Chatham hurlers who lived up to the standard set by their starter. A.J. Puckett threw the next three innings, striking out as many batters while yielding a single run. He was credited with his first win of the summer for the effort.
Brandon Miller (Millersville) then came on for the seventh and eighth, and Aaron McGarity (Virginia Tech) threw the ninth. Miller struck out two in the same number of scoreless innings, and McGarity nailed his seventh save of the year shut in the final frame.
“The pitchers have just done a great job. They’re amazing—they really are,” said Schiffner. “They throw strikes and change speeds.”
The Angler offense likewise did their part in the vicotry. Will Craig (Wake Forest) drove in a pair of runs via a first-inning double and fifth-inning single. Nate Mondou (Wake Forest) joined his collegiate teammate in the RBI club with a sac fly in the first, and Todd Czinege (Villanova) drove in a run of his own in the fourth. Aaron Barnett (Pepperdine) furthered the Chatham offensive effort by extending his hit streak to nine straight games in the win.
“We’ve been putting really good swings on the ball, and one through nine are all swinging well,” said Craig. “Everybody is having the time of their life up here—as you can probably tell. Before and after the game everyone is just so lose and no one is fretting about anything.”
The Anglers next head home for a 7 p.m. contest with the Cotuit Kettleers (13-21). Jake Godfrey (Louisiana State) is expected to take the hill for the fifth time in an Angler uniform. The right-hander brings an ERA of 1.86 and a still unchanged record of 0-0 into the game. He will likely meet Cotuit’s Jonathan King (Georgia Tech). King is 1-1 with a 3.33 ERA entering play.