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Chatham, Mass. — They looked like statues, barely visible in the fog. Carving out patterns in the dust with every step, every movement.
On a breezy night at Veterans Field, the Anglers (16-15) steered the Brewster Whitecaps (15-15-1) towards defeat.
Chatham claimed an early lead, when an error plated left fielder Jake Palomaki (Boston College), and first baseman Nick Patten (Delaware) knocked in a run on a single in the first.
Palomaki struck again, driving in a run on a groundout in the second. Third baseman John Aiello (Wake Forest) followed in the fifth, sending right fielder Josh Stowers (Louisville) home on a sacrifice fly.
“We’re just on time for pitches, playing loose and I think that’s the biggest thing,” Aiello said. “We’re really confident right now — it’s kind of contagious.”
Designated hitter Shea Langeliers (Baylor) sent the ball gliding over the fence alone in the eighth inning, like an afterthought.
A quiet run on an error put Brewster on the board in the third. The Whitecaps plated two in the eighth on a wild pitch and a groundout, but the threat did not rustle the Chatham defense.
Pitcher Andre Pallante (California — Irvine) kept Chatham alive during the snarl, stepping in for Reiss Knehr (Fordham).
“Andre’s been lights out right now for us, and obviously it was a perfect situation for him to come in, get out of a jam, and give us the best chance to win the game,” said pitching coach Rob Bono.
Reliever Dan Metzdorf (Boston College) shut the Whitecaps down, striking out three over three scoreless innings of relief.
“My fastball got to the point where I couldn’t really find it, so I was just throwing it middle, letting it work, [and] allowing hitters to get themselves out in the last inning,” Metzdorf said. “My slider really saved me today.”
Starter Jacob Stevens (Boston College) dealt four strikeouts over four innings, surrendering just one unearned run to the Whitecaps.
Josiah Gray (Le Moyne) sent two batters back to the dugout in the ninth to end the threat.
“They are starting to settle in, they have settled in, [and] they understand their roles,” Bono said. “They’re continuing to get better every day.”
“We’re pretty cohesive as a group,” Metzdorf said. “We’re kind of in a rhythm now where you know when you’re pitching and who you’re pitching after.”
The Anglers face the Falmouth Commodores (14-15-1) at Guv Fuller Field, Falmouth Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.