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Chatham, Mass. — Four days removed from storming back from a 4-0 deficit to wrestle a win away from the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, the Chatham Anglers face off with their division opponent for the final time in the regular season. The Anglers (14-24-1) rallied for five runs in the top of the ninth to shock Y-D 5-4 on Tuesday night at Red Wilson Field. Tonight, Chatham will be the home team as they play host to the Red Sox at 7 p.m. at Veterans Field.
Despite jumping out to an early 4-0 lead Friday against Harwich, Chatham took the loss after allowing six straight runs across the middle innings. The loss was the Anglers’ second in a row as they now trail the Brewster Whitecaps by five points for the East Division’s final playoff spot.
Y-D (23-16-0) heads to Chatham today with a firm hold on the second seed in the East. Despite losing in a 13-3 drubbing at the hands of the Whitecaps last night, the Red Sox still maintain an eleven point advantage over third place Orleans and trail first place Harwich by four points.
At the Plate: Mason Koppens made his debut for Chatham in yesterday’s loss, going 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored off of North Carolina lefty Hunter Williams.
“He’s a good player, he’s a scrappy player,” said manager John Schiffner, who recently added Koppens on the recommendation of Harwich manager and Northeastern assistant Steve Englert. “[Koppens] plays good defense, stole a base for us, drove a run in. That’s why he’s here, to try and help win games. . . .he’s done the things exactly that Steve [Englert] said he was going to do.”
As a sophomore at Northeastern, Koppens amassed a .252 batting average, driving in 22 runs while also scoring 15. Playing in the Colonial Athletic Association against the likes of William & Mary and North Carolina - Wilmington, both NCAA Tournament participants, has given Koppens valuable experience against top tier pitching. The outfielder exemplified that knowledge by repeatedly making contact last night against a UNC product that pitches for the best staff in the CCBL.
“My coaches at Northeastern just preach getting your foot down and starting your swing early,” said Koppens. “That’s really helped out down here so far.”
Deon Stafford Jr. leads the Y-D offense coming into tonight, recording a hit in each of his last three games. In yesterday’s loss to Brewster, the St. Joseph’s catcher belted two homeruns as he went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. In 30 games this summer, Stafford has compiled a .284 batting average.
On the Rubber: Chatham will send out its new pitcher, Bo Burrup of Brigham Young University, to the bump today as it looks to break a two-game losing streak. A lefty who just completed his freshman year at the northern Utah university, Burrup went made 25 relief appearances for the Cougars, going 3-2 while crafting a 4.54 ERA. In 39.2 innings pitched, Burrup struck out 18 batters while walking 20 and giving up 20 earned runs.
The last time William Montgomerie (2-1) started against the Anglers, came back on June 22 when Chatham tagged the right-hander for two runs on three hits in just an inning and two-thirds. The loss to Chatham is the lone blemish on Montgomerie’s record this summer.
Since that tough outing for the UConn freshman, Montgomerie has gone 2-0, racking up 13 strikeouts across 14 and two-thirds innings while allowing just one earned run. On the season, Montgomerie has earned a 2.10 ERA, striking out 20 batters in 21 and a third innings. The righty has issued nine walks and surrendered 15 hits in his six appearances for Y-D.
Down the Road: Chatham gets back on the bus for a 5 p.m. game at Cotuit on Sunday before heading back home to host the Falmouth Commodores for the final time on Monday night.
Make sure to tune in at 6:40 p.m. today for the Anglers Extra Pregame Show on the Cape Cod Baseball Network. Evan Stockton will introduce you to his Catch of the Day while Jake Eisenberg sits down with manager John Schiffner.
The full broadcast of today’s game is available online and over the phone at 1-800-846-4700, code 3481. Visit Broadcast Central for more details.