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Chatham, Mass. — The Anglers had only recorded three hits the entire game when Hunter Lee came to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning. With runners on first and second for just the second time all game, the High Point University sophomore was looking to make contact.
“Honestly, I was just trying to swing,” said Lee. “I felt like we were just watching too many balls go by and the zone got pretty big there in the middle of the game.”
After two fouls balls, Lee drove a Jacob Wloczewski pitch to shortstop that Brewster’s AJ Graffanino mishandled, allowing Stuart Fairchild to score all the way from second base. The run proved to be the game winner as Chatham defeated the Whitecaps, 2-0.
Tanner Chock went five full innings for the Anglers (8-6), not factoring into the game with a no decision, despite the fact that the Presbyterian right-hander surrendered only two hits on the night. Allowing no runs and striking out two, Chock turned in arguably his best start of the summer. Dueling with Brewster’s Kade McClure – who pitched a two hit shutout through six innings – Chock mirrored his counterpart, crafting his way through more than half a game of scoreless baseball.
“He’s out there doing his thing, I’m out there doing mine. It was fun to battle back in forth into a scoreless seventh,” said Chock. “It was good for me to have quick innings to get back out there and get back to it.”
Chock made quick work of his five frames, never facing more than four batters in an inning.
Simon Matthews (1-0) grabbed his first win of the summer, striking out three while allowing three hits in four innings of relief. The Georgetown product ran into trouble in the beginning of his outing, loading the bases in the sixth before inducing an inning-ending double play to escape the jam unscathed.
McClure primarily kept Chatham hitters off the bases through the first six innings, striking out eight Anglers and conceding just two singles.
“[McClure] is just very good. He was 12-0 at Louisville, he’s a really good pitcher,” complimented manager John Schiffner. “Getting a win off of a 12-0 pitcher is pretty cool.”
Wloczewski (0-2) took the loss for Brewster (8-6) after allowing a run in the seventh, his only inning of work.
Jake Palomaki provided the insurance run for Chatham when he crushed a Joe Mockbee pitch over the left field wall, giving the Anglers a 2-0 lead in the eighth. Hitting from the right side of the plate, Palomaki turned on one, driving it just over the fence for his first home run of the summer.
Helping his team notching their first win over the Whitecaps, who bested Chatham in the team’s first two meetings, Hunter Lee acknowledged the impact the victory had on team morale.
“That’s a big win,” said Lee. “We just played a good, all around ballgame and that was a lot of fun – probably the most fun we’ve had.”
The Anglers will now head to Hyannis for their first matchup with the Harbor Hawks. First pitch is at 6 p.m. and can be watched and listened to live on the Cape Cod Baseball Network.