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Anglers eye a return to winning

by David Souza
Friday, July 01, 2016

Anglers eye a return to winning

Chatham, Mass. — The Chatham Anglers (8-9) took yesterday’s off day as a chance to relax, recuperate, and bond as a team. Catching a movie at the nearby Wellfleet Drive-In, the Anglers took time to unwind and shed the stresses of the past three games in their lengthy baseball season.

After defeating the Brewster Whitecaps (9-8) in a hard fought 2-0 contest back on June 25, Chatham appeared to be on the cusp of leaving their .500 baseball ways behind them. However, a three-game skid this past week has left them with a losing record, and desperate for a win to set them back on course.

Chatham’s first hiccup came against the streaking Hyannis Harbor Hawks (7-10).Looking to exact a touch of revenge on their opponents and get back into the win column, the Anglers will aim to have a better outing both on offense and pitching as the two teams face off again tonight at Veterans Field.

At the Plate: Chatham hitters combined for just six hits in their 9-2 loss last Sunday. Chase Pinder was the only Angler to register two hits; the Clemson Tiger also scored the first Chatham run of the night.

Pinder has had his inconsistencies in the batter's box this season, though he does lead the Anglers in doubles and triples. He is third on the team in batting average with .290, but also leads Chatham with his 15 strikeouts. 

During his time at Clemson, Pinder posted similar numbers, hitting for a .294 average and compiling a .412 on-base percentage. Pinder has an OBP of .371 in Chatham.

Dylan Busby, who currently sports a .316 batting average for Hyannis, put Sunday’s game out of reach with his fifth inning, two-run homerun. The right-handed hitting sophomore has only batted in five games for the Harbor Hawks, but has reached base in four of them, including a three-hit night against the Wareham Gatemen back on June 25.

On the Rubber: Jacob Stevens (1-0) gets the ball in likely his last start for Chatham in his short summer on Cape Cod. Last time out, the six-foot-three righty pitched five innings of three-hit, shutout baseball against the Bourne Braves. In that 3-1 victory for the Anglers, Stevens struck out two en route to his first win on the season.

His 2.54 ERA at Boston College was second on the team, as the freshman turned in one of the best seasons for Eagles pitchers.

Hyannis will bring Clemson’s Alex Eubanks (1-0) to the mound in tonight’s contest. The lanky right-hander has made three starts for the Harbor Hawks this season, earning his first win against Cotuit on June 24. Eubanks currently touts a 2.11 ERA and has struck out ten batters on the season.

Down the Road: Chatham will play five of their next six games within the confines of Veterans Field. Tomorrow, they will square off with conference foe Harwich at 7 p.m. before heading to Orleans on Sunday for the first leg of a home-and-home series.

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