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After a disappointing start to the 2018 campaign on Tuesday night at Veterans Field, Chatham looks to bounce back and win its first game of the season this afternoon.
The Anglers (0-1) will travel west to Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School to take on the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (1-0) at 5 p.m. in an Eastern Division matchup.
Chatham manager Tom Holliday will send LHP Jeff Belge (St. John’s) to the mound to start the game. Belge is one of four players from the 2017 squad to return to the elbow of the Cape for a second season. Belge went 6-4 in 16 appearances (nine starts) with a .174 batting average against this spring for the Red Storm.
Belge faced off against the Red Sox twice last season. While he struggled his first time against the Y-D lineup, the rising junior threw a gem in his second appearance. In six shutout innings, Belge gave up just one hit and struck out five batters as the Anglers won the Aug. 1 matchup, 4-2.
Tuesday’s game against the Wareham Gatemen was close through eight innings, but the Gatemen blew the game open in the ninth to win, 12-4.
Ben Ramirez (Southern California) led the A’s attack against Wareham. The rising sophomore, who had the first hit of the Anglers season, knocked in two runs along with two singles and a sacrifice fly. Georgia Tech teammates Tristin English and Kyle McCann also tallied two hits each on the night.
In their opening game yesterday, the Red Sox outlasted the Bourne Braves after a back-and-forth ninth inning. After Y-D led 8-6 heading into the top of the ninth, the Braves scored three runs, including a two-run home run by Spencer Brickhouse (Eastern Carolina).
But the Red Sox fought back as Matthew Dyer (Arizona) hit a two-out walk-off single to give Y-D a 10-9 victory.
While the Tom Holliday era did not get off to the start the Anglers hoped, the Chatham skipper is confident in the team’s abilities moving forward.
"We're gonna be a pretty good offensive club,” Holliday said. “We're gonna pitch really good. In the meantime, we're gonna run some of the kids that have been here for 5 or 6 days.”