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Chatham pitchers lift Anglers over Firebirds... in more ways than one

by Matt Jasko
Thursday, June 25, 2015

Chatham pitchers lift Anglers over Firebirds... in more ways than one

He is a Chatham pitcher with a 2-0 record. He has a 1.63 ERA. He has not issued a walk on the year. And he scored the winning run on Thursday night while pinch running in the top of the tenth inning. He is Parker Dunshee (Wake Forest).

“He’s not just a pitcher—he’s an athlete,” said Manager John Schiffner. “I’ve watched him shoot baskets, I’ve watched him throw a football, I’ve watched him hit a baseball—he hit five out [in a pitchers' batting practice]. He’s an athlete.”

Jim McDade (Millersville) made his last outing for the Anglers on Thursday. 

Dunshee’s was the final of few runs in the Chatham Anglers’ (9-5) 2-1 victory over the Orleans Firebirds (10-4) at Eldredge Park. The Wake Forest pitcher entered the game as a runner after his collegiate teammate, Will Craig, walked. He later came around to score on a wild pitch in the same inning.

“Any time you beat Orleans, it’s special," said Schiffner. “They’re our rival. They’re good, and we proved we can play with them.”

The Chatham pitchers who took the mound in the game set up their colleague’s heroics.

T.J. Zeuch (Pittsburgh) picked up right where he left off in his third start of the year for the Anglers. Intrigue heightened when the tall right-hander took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but Nick Zammarelli (Elon) managed to sneak a ground ball through the infield to break up the chance. In summation, Zeuch threw six scoreless innings, relinquishing two walks and a hit. He faced 20 batters in the outing, two over the minimum.

"I'm having fun out here pitching," said Zeuch. "Every game is a big game to me, and I love the competition."

Zeuch’s ERA remains at a spotless 0.00 after the start. He has 13 strikeouts to four walks over 16.2 innings on the summer.

“He’s just a really, really good pitcher,” said Schiffner. “He’s showing people all over the country that Pittsburgh has one heck of a pitching staff.”

A pair of Marauder gunslingers came on to relieve Zeuch. Jim McDade (Millersville) hurled the seventh and eighth frames, while Brandon Miller (Millersville) threw the ninth. The two gave up one run on two hits and a walk.

“Those two guys from Millersville can flat out pitch,” said Schiffner.

For McDade, the outing will be his last on the Cape.

“He’s a great kid,” said Schiffner. “He’s a classy kid… He’s a great representative—both of those guys are—of Millersville.”

Andre Scrubb (High Point) followed the Millersville pair by nailing down the save in the ninth.

Chatham's only regulation run came in the top of the third inning. Nate Mondou (Wake Forest) led the inning off with a single, and Nick Sciortino (Boston College) followed with a walk. One out later, Trenton Brooks (Nevada) was able to leg out an E6 that allowed Mondou to come all the way home.

The lone Orleans run came in the seventh. Kyle Lewis (Mercer) took a fastball all the way out to the pointed tip of Eldredge Park’s furthest reaches for a leadoff triple. With one out, Jeremy Martinez (Southern California) dribbled one to second base to bring Lewis across the dish.

Save that sequence, the Angler pitching controlled the game.

Chatham next hosts Hyannis at 7 p.m. on Friday.