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Chatham, Mass. — It was almost automatic. The give and take, the hits and motions that echoed one another.
As a misty rain fell on Veterans Field, the Anglers (12-15) trailed the Hyannis Harbor Hawks (11-13-2) by one after two innings.
A single from shortstop Jeremy Pena (Maine) plated catcher Fabian Pena (Manhattan) in the bottom of the second to narrow an early Hyannis lead. Chatham had misstepped earlier in the inning, handing the Harbor Hawks two easy runs on errors.
From then on, each inning grew similar, the rhythm of hits, the quick outs.
Until the fifth, when Chatham threatened to break the pattern. An error and two singles loaded the bases for the Anglers, but the team couldn’t come in clutch.
“They ran out some pretty good arms, and we just didn’t get the base hits that we needed,” said manager John Schiffner. “We had guys on base, and we just didn’t come through.”
Ryan Olenek’s (Mississippi) solo home run in the ninth secured the victory for the Harbor Hawks.
On the mound, a trio of Anglers kept it clean.
Cameron Bishop (California — Irvine), Andre Pallante (California — Irvine) and Dan Metzdorf (Boston College) combined to limit Hyannis to just one earned run in the contest.
Pallante shut down the Harbor Hawks over three scoreless innings, maintaining his blank ERA.
“I’ve been working with my teammates,” Pallante said. “They’ve been really helping me calm down the mechanics, lower my leg kick, keep me in control. That’s been helping me hit the zone more and get outs.”
Starter Bishop struck out five over five innings of work, allowing no earned runs.
“He [Bishop] throws multiple pitches for strikes, throws the ball down, and keeps hitters off balance with his curveball,” said pitching coach Rob Bono. “He can throw any pitch at any count, and that’s what makes him successful.”
The Anglers visit Bourne (14-12) Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.