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CHATHAM, Mass. – Baseball is a game of highs and lows—peaks and valleys. A team on top of the world one day can find themselves on the other side of an outcome the next night. Such was the case for the Chatham Anglers (21-16) against the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (19-18) at Red Wilson Field on Friday.
“We could’ve played better today,” said Manager John Schiffner. “Just one of those days that we could’ve played better.”
After a historic win capped by a towering grand slam the night before, the Anglers fell to the Red Sox, 8-0. Despite Yarmouth-Dennis’s victory snapping a three-game Chatham win streak, the Anglers have still won 10 of their last 15 games.
“We just need to keep playing good ball,” said Kyle Brooks (North Florida) who had two hits in the game. “We’ve been rolling lately, and one game may end the win streak, but it doesn’t change our team morale or anything. We still feel good.”
Donnie Walton (Oklahoma State), the starting shortstop for the East Division in Saturday’s Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game, led the way for the YD offense with three RBIs. Fellow starting All-Star Cole Billingsley (South Alabama) also knocked in two runs of his own on a fence-scraping homer in the sixth.
The Chatham offense likewise had a handful of bright spots on the other side, though they ultimately did not result in any runs. The leading Angler contributor—Kyle Brooks— produced two base hits out of the nine-hole. Will Craig (Wake Forest) extended his hit streak to eight games, and Luke Persico (UCLA) ripped a double in the game.
The most notable Chatham pitching performance came from James Mulry (Northeastern). The left-hander allowed a single run while striking out two in three innings of relief. His work was complimented by that of Ty Damron (Texas Tech) and Cameron Stone (Stony Brook), who each threw one scoreless inning.
“James did a very nice job,” said Schiffner. “That was encouraging to see a performance like that. Seeing a performance like that now, we have more and more confidence in more and more guys. That was a great job by him.”
The biggest Chatham defensive play came in the bottom of seventh. Gio Brusa tried to advance home from second, but Trenton Brooks (Nevada) came up throwing from right field and beat him before he had even begun to slide.
The next scheduled game is Saturday’s Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game. Four Anglers will take represent the East Division in that contest. Parker Dunshee (Wake Forest), Aaron McGarity (Virginia Tech), and Brandon Miller (Millersville) will pitch, and Aaron Knapp (California) will patrol centerfield. The game will begin 7 p.m. at Wareham and will air on Fox College Sports. On the following day, the Anglers will return to Veterans Field to host Harwich at 7 p.m.