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Chatham, Mass. — As a pink sunset descended over Veterans Field Monday, the Anglers took on the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox before a packed audience.
After three innings of play yielded a blank slate for both teams, catcher Cody Roberts (North Carolina) broke the drought with a single to send first baseman Nick Patten (Delaware) across home plate.
The Red Sox (10-8-1) answered with a threat, driving two runners into scoring position with no outs in the top of the seventh. But the Anglers’ (8-11) defense refused to submit, drawing two flyout catches and one strikeout to escape the inning unscathed.
Chatham mounted a three-run break in the bottom of the seventh to claim a 4-0 victory, the team’s first shutout of the season.
Second baseman Josh Shaw (St. John’s) sent shortstop Jeremy Pena (Maine) home on a single, before Patten drove two runners home on the double, reaching an American flag-painted second base.
“It felt great, just to end up on the positive side of a break,” Patten said. “We’ve been struggling a little bit and it seemed like every bounce, every break was going against us.”
Starter Austin Bergner (North Carolina) kept the Red Sox at bay, striking out six over six scoreless innings.
“It was a great team win after the last time we played Y-D,” Bergner said. “It was fun to come back out the second time, and just see from top to bottom our staff out of the bullpen and our guys string a couple of good ABs together to get some runs on the board.”
Relief pitchers Adam Wolf (Louisville), Josiah Gray (Le Moyne) and Jack DeGroat (Liberty) combined to keep the slate scoreless for the Red Sox.
“The pitching was excellent,” said manager John Schiffner. “There weren’t a lot of guys on base, so the flow of the game was really good and it played in our favor because we picked up those extra runs late.”
Yarmouth-Dennis’ Hogan Harris (Louisiana Lafayette) handed Chatham the tie-breaking run, striking out five Anglers over 4.0 innings.
“This is a great league and any time you can get a win, let alone shut a team out with phenomenal bats in their lineup, that’s a huge momentum swing,” Patten said.
“We swung the bats a lot better tonight, and obviously our pitching was a lot better as well and that just makes it more fun,” Bergner said. “The energy in the dugout was a lot better too from what I saw, so that was more enjoyable.”
The Anglers face East Division leaders, the Orleans Firebirds (13-6), at Eldredge Park, Orleans Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.