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Chatham, Mass. — The Anglers bats fell silent on Sunday night, after managing just five hits in a 7-0 loss to the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. Defensively, Chatham committed five errors that Y-D capitalized on, scoring four unearned runs on the day. North Carolina’s Trevor Gay took the loss for the Anglers after allowing four runs over four innings, though only one run was earned. Mitch Hart improved to 1-1 on the season for Yarmouth-Dennis. The right-hander from USC pitched five shutout innings and struck out six.
The Red Sox opened up the third inning by posting four runs over four hits in Y-D’s fourth consecutive win. Dillon Persinger started off the scoring by coming home on a sacrifice fly.
USC’s Cory Dempster lifted a fly ball to Patrick Mathis in right field that the Texan was able to catch and fire home for a close play at the plate. Catcher Alex LeFevre appeared to have tagged Persinger just as his hand touched home on the slide. After a slight moment of hesitation, the home plate umpire made the call: safe.
Consecutive errors by Jake Palomaki and John Aiello allowed another run to score, putting runners on first and second with just one out. The Red Sox would make Chatham pay for their mistakes by grounding two RBI singles into the outfield to make it 4-0.
Though his team committed five errors on the night, manager John Schiffner says the rough outing doesn’t change his lineup card for Monday in Wareham. “We don’t play motivation by intimidation,” said Schiffner. “Errors are going to be made.”
Two innings later, with Reed Howell on the mound, mistakes again came back to haunt the Anglers.
Following a Deon Stafford single, Brendon Skidmore lined a Howell pitch seemingly right at centerfielder Donovan Casey. The Angler misplayed it, however, as the ball popped off of the heel of his glove. Skidmore would come home on a fielding error by third baseman Hunter Lee while Stafford’s run was doubled in by Tyler Houston a batter earlier.
Skidmore tacked on another run for the Red Sox with his long home run to left in the seventh inning.
While the Y-D offense came in waves, the Anglers struggled to put together hits, as Red Sox pitching failed to allow multiple hits in an inning to a Chatham offense that has shown its ability to score runs. Hart set the tone for Y-D pitchers, going five full innings while allowing just three hits.
“[Hart] mixed four pitches,” said Schiffner. “He showed a big, loopy curveball, but then he came in with a pretty good slider, showed a changeup occasionally and threw a fastball on both sides of the plate. That’s going to win games at any level.”
With the loss the Anglers drop down to 4-5, while the Red Sox push their winning streak to four games after starting the season off 0-5.
Chatham will be back in action on Monday in Wareham at 6:30. Bryant’s James Karinchak will get his first start for the Anglers. Catch the Anglers Extra Pregame Show at 6:10 on the Cape Cod Baseball Network.