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Chatham, Mass. — The Anglers (6-6) will look to get back to their winning ways tonight at 7 p.m. as they take on the Bourne Braves at Veterans Field. The teams split two consecutive games in Bourne last week as Chatham took the opening game 8-3 before dropping a 12-4 contest the following evening.
At the Plate: Boston College outfielder Donovan Casey made his presence known in yesterday’s loss against the Harwich Mariners. The sophomore was the only Angler to record multiple hits on the night as he slapped a pair of singles in the contest.
Casey also demonstrated his defensive value for Chatham, gunning down Joe Dunand at second base with a throw from deep right field. The out ended the first inning for the Mariners and kept the Anglers in the game as it prevented Harwich from putting a man in scoring position with the heart of their order at the plate.
Through six games, Casey is already fourth on the team in hits with eight and has driven in three runs.
Bourne (7-4-1) comes off of a 7-7 tie with the Wareham Gatemen last night at Doran Park. Rallying from three runs down in the eighth inning, the Braves turned to leadoff man Jake Mangum to catalyze the offense.
The Mississippi State product delivered, stinging a game-tying single back at the pitcher to knot the game at seven. Mangum went 4-for-7 at the plate, on the night, scoring two and driving in the most crucial run.
Appearing in five games for the Braves thus far, Magnum has strung together 10 hits for a .400 batting average.
On the Mound: The Anglers will tout a new starter to the mound tonight in right-hander Jacob Stevens. The 6’ 3” hurler plays at Boston College where he complied a 2.54 ERA in 15 games for the Eagles this spring – second best on the team. Stevens was also two strikeouts shy of leading a Boston College team that made it a game away from the College World Series. As a freshman at the Heights this year, Stevens sat down 70 batters on strikes en route to a 4-4 record.
Stevens turned in his longest outing of the season on April 22, against Louisville. In that matchup, Stevens earned the win after pitching seven strong innings, conceding one unearned run while striking out four. The Cardinals were the only team Stevens faced in the regular season who made it to the NCAA Super Regionals.
AJ Moore (0-1) out of Kennesaw State takes the ball for Bourne today, as the Braves look to maintain their hold on first place in the West Division. Pitching in two games this summer with Bourne, Moore has crafted a 2.70 ERA after being handed the loss against Y-D last Saturday and getting a no-decision versus Hyannis back on June 12th.
Moore, who started 13 games with the Owls this past spring, went 4-3 with a 4.73 ERA. He struck out a team-high 72 opposing hitters.
Down the Road: The Anglers continues the home stand tomorrow when they face off against the Brewster Whitecaps at 7 p.m. at Veterans Field. Chatham then heads to Hyannis for its first matchup with the Harbor Hawks at 6 p.m. at McKeon Park.