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The Chatham offense was dormant going into the bottom of the seventh inning on Friday night. Then it woke up.
Aaron Knapp (California) ripped the Anglers’ first RBI on a line drive up the middle. Zack Short (Sacred Heart) followed with a single to right field to drive in another. And before it was all said and done, Will Craig (Wake Forest) added two more RBIs with a pinch-hit single.
“The kids persevered,” said Manager John Schiffner. “They just kept battling and kept battling, and that’s what you have to do in this league.”
The big seventh inning carried the Chatham Anglers (6-4) to a 4-1 victory over the Cotuit Kettleers (4-6) at Veterans Field on Friday night. The win was the second in a row for the Anglers.
Jesse Adams (Boston College) made his first official start for Chatham. He struck out three batters and hung zeros in all six frames he pitched during the outing.
“I had good command of my fastball tonight,” said Adams. “And my other two pitches—my changeup and my curveball— were working well too in certain scenarios.”
The Angler defense helped Adams face only 19 batters, one over the minimum.
In the first inning Trenton Brooks (Nevada) pulled off a rare 9-3 double play on a shallow line drive to left field.
In the second inning Zack Short (Sacred Heart) snagged a line drive of his own en route to turning a 6-3 double play.
In the fourth inning Nick Sciortino (Boston College) threw out his fifth runner of the year (on his eighth attempt) to end the inning.
In the fifth inning the Kettleers finally got off the minimum, but Nick Sciortino blocked a third strike, tagged out the batter, and picked off the runner at first base to end the inning.
“We’ve played very well defensively,” said Schiffner. “And it’s nice when your pitchers just pitch that well, and it makes the game a lot easier.”
The only run the Kettleers were able to generate came on one swing of the bat when Jackson Klein (Stanford) snuck a solo shot just beyond the left-field porch in the top of the seventh. The small blemish ended a 10-inning scoreless streak for the otherwise flawless Angler bullpen.
“We’ve got some nice pitchers in the bullpen,” said Schiffner. “They just pitch—they know how to pitch. And [Coach] Robbie [Bono] calls a great game and knows how to use them.”
C.J. Burdick (San Diego) picked up the win in relief, and Aaron McGarity (Virginia Tech) picked up the save in the final 1.1 innings.
The Anglers next host the Bourne Braves at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
“These kids know they can win, and that’s a good thing,” said Schiffner. “They know that they can trust each other.”