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Stowers' two-run single, home run fuel Chatham to 10-4 victory over Cotuit

by Alexandra Russell
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Stowers' two-run single, home run fuel Chatham to 10-4 victory over Cotuit

Cotuit, Mass. — You can feel it. When every hit, every movement melts into a rhythm, an inevitable pulse ticking away like clockwork.

It all started in the second inning on a cloudy evening in Cotuit, when the Anglers loaded the bases on a double from third baseman John Aiello (Wake Forest), a walk of designated hitter Shea Langeliers (Baylor), and a single from first baseman Nick Patten (Delaware).

As he stepped up to the plate, right fielder Josh Stowers (Louisville) saw a chance at redemption. And he took it.

Stowers knocked in two on a single, giving the Anglers a lead of one after Michael Toglia’s (California — Los Angeles) sacrifice fly plated a Kettleer in the first for the break.

Left fielder Jake Palomaki (Boston College), second baseman Josh Shaw (St. John’s) and center fielder Jacob Olson (South Carolina) kept the rally going with consecutive RBIs.

“We were able to take advantage of having runners in scoring position, and we came through with some clutch hits,” Stowers said. “Every time there was a runner on base, I felt like we got the job done.”

Cotuit had not heard the last of Stowers. He drove in two-run home run — his first of the season — in the fourth inning to quash the chance of a Kettleers victory.

“It’s awesome to barrel up balls, especially when you’ve had a rough start,” Stowers said. “I knew it was just a matter of time before I started clicking on all cylinders.”

Shaw drove Stowers in on a single in the third, barely skimming the base on the slide — a play that Kettleers Head Coach Mike Roberts expressed loud distaste for. A snarling walk to first base had Roberts ejected from the game to applause from spectators in the bleachers.

On the mound, the Chatham bullpen came out with a vengeance.

Adam Wolf (Louisville) and Josiah Gray (Le Moyne) kept the Kettleers at bay, giving up just one run over 3.2 innings.

“They’re clean,” said manager John Schiffner. “They threw very well — well pitched, minimal pitches, we gave up one run between the two relievers. That’s a good job.”

Gray escaped trouble in the seventh, dealing back-to-back strikeouts with the bases loaded to preserve the Chatham lead.

Starter Jacob Stevens (Boston College) struck out three, allowing three earned runs over 3.1 innings work.

“Jacob battled,” Schiffner said. “He didn’t have his best stuff, but he kept us in the ballgame.”

As twilight began to creep over Lowell Park, the game was called due to darkness after eight innings. The final out in the eighth was met with cheers from the Chatham dugout.

“Our dugout’s really loose — we joke around a lot,” Stowers said. “If you’re too tight and thinking too much, then you’re not going to play well. I think we have the perfect combination of focus and a bunch of different personalities.”

The Anglers return to Veterans Field to host the Brewster Whitecaps (12-12-1) Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.