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Chatham shuts out Brewster for second time this season

by David Schneidman
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Chatham shuts out Brewster for second time this season

When Chatham visited Stony Brook Field on June 14 to face the Brewster Whitecaps, it posted its best performance of the young season. The offense was dynamic as it accumulated 12 hits, including a three-run shot from Spencer Torkelson (Arizona St.) in the fifth inning, and was aggressive on the bases, while a shutdown performance from Cody Bradford (Baylor) and Hunter Gaddis (Georgia State) powered the A’s to an 8-0 win.


On Wednesday, the Anglers put on a near-identical display.


A fourth-inning solo-shot from Spencer Torkelson (Arizona St.) put the visitors on the board and sparked the offense yet again as eight different A’s combined for 12 hits. On the mound, Davis Daniel (Auburn) and Gaddis combined for eight innings of two-hit ball along with 11 strikeouts.


"It's amazing to watch from there,” John Rave said about watching A’s pitchers from center field. “There's nothing better than watching your pitchers go out there and do what they do.”


The all-around performance pushed the Anglers (5-3-1) past the Whitecaps (2-5-1), 7-0, on a warm, windy evening at Stony Brook Field in Brewster. After having its three-game win streak snapped at Wareham on Tuesday, Chatham returned to winning ways in dominant fashion.


Daniel took the mound for the first time in an Anglers uniform against his former club — he made four starts for the Whitecaps last summer before suffering a season-ending injury. The right-hander, who made nine of 19 appearances as a reliever during the spring, made light work of the Brewster lineup.


Daniel tossed four scoreless innings in his debut, allowing just two baserunners and one hit. The Auburn product faced no more than four hitters in an inning and used his 95 miles per hour heater to strike out six Brewster batters.


"It was fun, I felt really good,” Daniel said. “I pitched on this mound last year so it was comfortable territory."


Whitecaps starter Reid Detmers (Louisville) matched Daniel’s scoreless first three frames, but the A’s threatened with a baserunner in each inning before eventually breaking through in the fourth. Again, it was Torkelson who put Chatham on the board.


The National Freshman Hitter of the Year lifted a Detmers fastball deep into the forest beyond the Stony Brook Field fences, giving the Anglers the first run of the afternoon. The long ball marked Torkelson’s fourth of the summer and extended his hit streak to seven games and on-base streak to nine.


After a slow first three games, Torkelson has caught fire over the last week. In each of the four games he has homered, the Anglers have won. When he isn’t launching round-trippers, his presence at the plate is still felt. Torkelson has drawn eight walks, tied for third-most in the league, and been hit-by-pitch twice.


The visitors added two more runs in the fifth as a result of patient at-bats. Jorge Arenas’ (Stetson) single after a seven-pitch at-bat and walks from Austin Wilhite (Georgia Tech) and Greg Jones (UNC-Wilmington) set up Rave, who drilled an RBI single to center, doubling Chatham’s lead. A batter later, Torkelson recorded his 11th RBI of the summer, scoring Wilhite on a sacrifice fly.


Three A’s — Arenas, Wilhite and Adam Fogel (Hawaii) — each tallied two hits and got their first base knocks of the summer. Wilhite, who went 0-for-12 with 10 strikeouts in his first six appearances, was the subject of cheers from the Chatham dugout as his seventh-inning single darted past Brewster third baseman Mike Massey (Illinois).


"That's a good thing because it took a while to put that lineup together tonight,” Holliday said about the A’s production from the plate. “The [left-handed pitchers] have been bugging me."


Gaddis relieved Daniel to open the fifth and matched his brilliance from six days prior. The right-hander tossed four innings of one-hit ball while striking out five. Michael Kirian (Louisville) replaced Gaddis in the ninth and faced four batters, striking out two.


Chatham added two insurance runs in the eighth and ninth innings. Arenas posted his first RBI of the season, driving in English to extend the lead to six. In the ninth, English laced an RBI single of his own, bringing home Wilhite for his third run of the game.


After a sluggish performance in Wareham on Tuesday, Holliday said, the Anglers were full of energy versus Brewster.


“They're going to have to learn to bring the game with them to the park every night,” Holliday said. “That's part of what this experience is all about. It's kind of fun when you win. Everything stands out when you win."