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Chatham, Mass. — Four days after defeating Wareham in 11 innings, the Chatham Anglers once again found themselves with a chance to win in extras, this time over the Harwich Mariners.
With D.J. Artis, who represented the winning run in the bottom of the twelfth, taking a large lead off of third base with two outs, Orlando Garcia cracked a Zach Schellenger pitch to shortstop and broke for first at top speed. The throw from Ernie Clement came late, but beat Garcia by a half-step for the final out of the ball game as the Anglers drew with the Harwich Mariners, 1-1.
“They like to battle,” said manager John Schiffner about his team. “They battled in this one hard, we had a chance to win in the last two innings, we had the winning run on several times so we were right there. . . .we’re playing ball.”
The tie was the first of the year for Chatham (11-14-1) and the second consecutive draw for the Mariners (16-8-2).
Both runs came in the fourth inning off of solo home runs – the first by the Harwich designated hitter, Joseph Dunand. After striking out looking in his first at-bat, Dunand quickly went down 0-2 in the fourth, following a called strike and a foul.
On Parker Rigler’s third pitch of the inning, Dunand crushed a breaking ball just enough to clear the wall in left-center past the glove of Donovan Casey. Casey looked to have made the homerun robbing catch, slamming into the fence, his right arm fully draped over the wall, however, the Boston College product missed by the smallest of margins, losing his glove in the process.
The Anglers got their lone run of the game in the bottom half of the inning when Patrick Mathis roped a home run to deep center. The solo shot rocketed off of the Texan's bat, clearing well over the 357 feet sign for Mathis’s team-leading third homer.
Rigler (0-1) did not factor into the decision on Sunday, tossing six innings of one run, five hit baseball. The Kansas State lefty also struck out three batters and walked two. Coming off of a 5-0 loss in Orleans back on July 3, Rigler cited too many walks and people on base as the reason he faltered in the affair. On Sunday, Rigler allowed just two of the 24 batters he faced to reach second base.
“Outstand performance. He really came back – and he did not have a good performance against Orleans – and tonight he was superb,” said Schiffner. “He didn’t make mistakes in the middle of the plate, he threw strikes, he didn’t hit batters, he didn’t bounce balls off the plate, he really improved on that game. Good mental approach, got his work done on the side with [pitching coach] Rob Bono and threw a very good game against a very good right-handed hitting team.”
Shane McCarthy pitched six full innings for Harwich. The Seton Hall right-hander allowed one run, four hits, and issued two walks while striking out four. Despite the solid outing by the Mariners’ pitching – which has been the best in the CCBL this season, allowing a league-best 48 earned runs along with 170 hits – Chatham’s offense still managed to string together eight hits across five innings.
The tie keeps the Anglers in last place in the East Division, deadlocked with the Brewster Whitecaps at 11-14-1. The Harwich Mariners still maintain their four-point lead over second place Yarmouth-Dennis after the Red Sox fell to Bourne Sunday night at Doran Park. Both teams will enjoy an off day Monday before the Anglers welcome Bourne back to Veterans Field on Tuesday.