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The Chatham Anglers (3-1) rode the performance of Parker Dunshee (Wake Forest) in a 5-2 victory over the Cotuit Kettleers (3-2) on Saturday night. Dunshee could not have performed better in his first Cape Cod Baseball League start. The right-hander struck out three and allowed the same number of hits in five innings of shutout baseball.
“The command of his fastball was great,” said Nick Sciortino (Boston College), who was behind the plate for the Anglers. “We moved in and out, he bounced the slider when he had to, threw his changeup well, and kept hitters off-balanced.”
Dunshee demonstrated remarkable efficiency throughout the outing. He fell behind only one batter and did not get into a single three-ball count all afternoon. He also did not allow a Cotuit base runner past first base.
“I had my fastball and changeup today,” said Dunshee. “That’s crucial for me—especially against lefties.”
The Angler starter was only at 57 pitches (42 strikes) when Manager John Schiffner elected to go to the bullpen. Despite having a red-hot starter and a double-header against Falmouth tomorrow, Schiffner knew it was the right decision.
“We’re not going to burn these guys out,” said Schiffner. “We’re not going to do that to these kids.”
Meanwhile, the Chatham offense did the majority of their damage in game’s first frame. The pivotal play of the inning came when Zack Short (Sacred Heart) launched a three-run home run to left field. It was the first Chatham home run on the year.
“I saw it was a changeup out of his hand right away,” said Short. “I just waited and put a good swing on it.”
The other two Chatham RBIs on the day came from Wake Forest teammates, Nate Mondou and Will Craig. The joint effort between the Angler starting pitching and offense produced a 5-0 lead for their bullpen.
C.J. Burdick (San Diego) came on in the sixth, and he allowed neither a hit nor a run in two innings. Aaron McGarity (Virginia Tech) surrendered two runs, but he got the final six outs of the game to preserve a 5-2 Chatham victory.
The Anglers will play a double header against Falmouth on Sunday next. The games will start at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Veterans Field.