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Brewster, Mass. — Despite posting a two-run lead by the fourth inning, the Anglers (6-9) fell to the Brewster Whitecaps (8-6-1) 6-4 in a makeup contest at Stony Brook Field, Brewster Thursday. The game marked Chatham’s second consecutive loss to the team in two nights, after Wednesday’s contest resulted in an 11-1 defeat.
“It’s a tough loss, back-to-back games,” said catcher Fabian Peña (Manhattan). “Today we just kept the game close and we did a lot better, were a lot cleaner defensively and we just had better, more competitive at bats.”
Peña led the Anglers with a pair of RBIs and one hit, while shortstop Jeremy Peña (Maine) notched a trio of hits.
First baseman Nick Patten (Delaware) opened scoring with an RBI single in the bottom of the first, before Brewster starter William Tribucher (Michigan) plated designated hitter Shea Langeliers (Baylor) on a bases-loaded walk.
Brewster’s Connor Smith (Western Michigan) scored on an error in the bottom of the first, before tying the game with an RBI single in the bottom of the second. Fabian Peña reclaimed the lead for Chatham with an RBI double in the top of the third.
Langeliers sent Jeremy Peña home from first base on a double to widen the advantage in the fourth.
Brewster’s Justin Kunz (Gardner-Webb) crossed the plate on a stolen base attempt from Hunter Bishop (Arizona State) in the bottom of the sixth, before Mickey Gasper (Bryant) added a three-run double to secure the victory for the Whitecaps.
Starter Cameron Bishop (California — Irvine) allowed one earned run with two strikeouts over 3.0 innings. Reiss Knehr (Fordham), Eli Nabholz (Millersville), Dan Metzdorf (Boston College) and Austin Bergner (North Carolina) combined for 5.0 innings of relief.
“Reiss made some pretty good pitches and the other team fought them off, but they were bleeders down the right field line,” said manager John Schiffner. “We just didn’t have any luck there.”
Tribucher handed Chatham three earned runs with five strikeouts over 32 innings. Christopher Machamer (Kentucky) earned the win with two strikeouts over 3.1 scoreless innings, before Joe DeMers (Washington) posted a scoreless two-inning save.
“We are inconsistent — we played such a great game on Tuesday night [against Bourne], and then terrible yesterday, and we were better today,” Schiffner said. “That’s what I just told them — that wasn’t luck that we played that well Tuesday. That’s how good this team can be.”
“There are some slumps here and there, but I think we have a pretty good team,” Fabian Peña said. “We just have to keep playing and things will go our way.”
The Anglers host the Falmouth Commodores (8-7) Friday at Veterans Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.