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Chatham, Mass. — Looking to round out the month of June with a winning record, the Chatham Anglers (8-8) head to Lowell Park tonight to take on the Cotuit Kettleers (2-14).
At the Plate: Though today will be the first time Chatham heads to Cotuit this season, one Angler has already spent more time there than anybody in the East Division. Hagen Owenby, the new catcher signed by the Anglers following Joe Freiday’s season ending injury, played nine games for the Kettleers earlier this summer, before being released a few days ago.
Ownby hit .261 during his time in Cotuit, driving in four runs on six hits. An East Tennessee State product, Owenby can hit for power. The catcher, though he has yet to hit a home run in the Cape League, will head to Omaha, Neb. on July 3 to participate in College Baseball’s Home Run Derby.
During his time with the Buccaneers, Owenby crushed a team-high 17 home runs. He also led East Tennessee State with his .374 batting average and 88 hits.
For the Kettleers, it will be Stanford’s Jackson Klein leading the offensive charge. While Cotuit is last in the CCBL in runs scored with 51, Jackson has been strong, hitting ten times in eleven games, and crafting a .303 batting average.
On the Mound: Nick Meservey (1-0) of Seattle University will get the start today for Chatham. Making his second appearance against the Wareham Gatemen back on June 20, Meservey pitched lights out baseball, striking out five and allowing no runs on two hits in three and two-thirds innings.
In that contest, Meservey came on in relief for starter James Karinchak. Pitching coach Rob Bono detailed that today’s pitching order should be a mirror of the first Wareham game. Today, Meservey will pitch the early innings before being relieved by Karinchak.
Manager John Schiffner reasoned that the limited use of these pitchers early on is to make each hurler “ready to go for the playoffs.”
Sonoma State’s Cal Becker (0-1) opposes the Anglers today, as the righty makes his second start for Cotuit. His first outing came against the Bourne Braves on June 13 when Becker surrendered four runs in two and two-thirds innings.
Since then, Becker has made three relief appearances, yielding one run over five total innings. The sophomore has also walked nine batters on the season, compiling a 5.87 ERA.
Down the Road: The Anglers, along with the rest of the CCBL, will have their second off day of the week tomorrow. Chatham then returns to Veterans Field for a matchup with the Hyannis Harbor Hawks at 7 p.m.