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Chatham, Mass. — The Anglers (20-20) face the Harwich Mariners (13-26-1) for the sixth and final time this season at Whitehouse Field, Harwich tonight.
Last night, an error in the tenth inning led the Anglers to a 4-3 loss to the Mariners at Veterans Field. Jake McCarthy (Virginia) crossed the plate on the late mishandle for the extra-frames Harwich victory.
After erasing an early Mariners lead, Chatham stayed ahead until the eighth. An error on right fielder Kyle Baker’s (Delaware) sacrifice bunt attempt plated first baseman Nick Patten (Delaware), and catcher Cody Roberts (North Carolina) scored on a wild pitch in the second.
Second baseman Jake Palomaki (Boston College) knocked in a run on a sacrifice fly in the fourth, giving Chatham some room to breathe. But a bases-loaded RBI single from Harwich second baseman Cobie Vance (Alabama Tuscaloosa) sent the teams into extra frames deadlocked at a tie of three.
Despite putting two in scoring position in the tenth, the Anglers remained quiet.
“We just left too many men on base again, just couldn’t get the guys through,” said manager John Schiffner. “It wasn’t our best night offensively, but we did what the coaches want your players to do … we had the winning run on in the last inning. You can’t ask for any more than that.”
On the mound, starter Jack Perkins (Stetson) kept it steady, allowing one earned run and striking out six over five innings.
“The first inning when they scored I was behind a lot, and after that I was just trying to get ahead and throw as many strikes early as possible,” Perkins said. “I was feeling my curveball a lot — I had a good feel for that tonight.”
Reliever Josiah Gray (Le Moyne) fought a gritty fifteen-pitch battle with Harwich center fielder Antoine Duplantis (Louisiana State) in the ninth. Gray stepped in for Adam Wolf (Louisville) to a loaded diamond, shutting down the Mariners to keep it scoreless.
Rodney Hutchison (North Carolina) and Andre Pallante (California Irvine) also made appearances on the mound. Pallante closed in the tenth.
Austin Bergner (North Carolina) will take the mound for Chatham tonight. Bergner has earned wins in his last two outings, throwing scoreless starts against Cotuit (19-18-1) July 23 and Bourne (20-19) July 16.
Before topping Chatham last night, Harwich bested Cotuit 7-2 Friday. The team’s 4-1 loss to Bourne Thursday denied them a chance at clinching a playoff berth.
The Anglers return to Veterans Field to host the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (25-13-1) Tuesday.
First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The Anglers Extra Pregame Show begins at 5:10 p.m. — listen here: http://bit.ly/ChathamBroadcasts