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FALMOUTH — Game one of Tuesday’s doubleheader started at 3:01 p.m. exactly.
Two minutes later, the Chatham Anglers scored the first run of the game.
When the seven-inning contest ended 97 minutes later, that run was the only tally of the game as Chatham (11-11-2) defeated Falmouth (11-12-1), 1-0.
“It was a strange game,” Anglers manager Tom Holliday said. “I'm glad we scored first.”
John Rave roped the fifth pitch of the game over the outstretched glove of Davis Sims (Murray State) and glided into second base with a double. Two pitches later, Adam Fogel (Hawaii) knocked a single to center field. Rave, despite the throw from center fielder Austin Langworthy going to second base, slide into home plate.
“I was trying to hit something to the right side,” Fogel said. “He gave me a fastball inside and probably shouldn’t have swung at the pitch but I got enough wood on it to knock it over the second baseman’s head.”
The Anglers had leadoff doubles in both the third and fifth innings, but failed to score either time. In the third, Fogel one-hopped the wall in left. The rising junior was later caught too far off of second base on his secondary lead and was backpicked by catcher Maverick Handley (Stanford).
In the fifth, Rankin Woley (Auburn) also one-hopped the Guv Fuller Field wall. He was able to advance to third on a bloop single from Jorge Arenas (Stetson), but he was left stranded there as Blake Sabol (Southern California) and Ashton McGee (North Carolina) struck out.
Nick Kahle (Washington) added a two-bagger of his own with two out in the seventh. The next batter, Arenas, lined a TJ Sikkema (Missouri) pitch right up the middle. However, Sikkema knocked the line-drive down, picked the ball up and threw the Anglers shortstop out at first by a step.
Chatham started Hunter Gaddis (Georgia State) for the second time this summer. In his first start, Gaddis last only one inning. Tuesday, the right-hander made his longest appearance of the summer — five innings — gave up one hit and got eight of his 15 outs by flyout.
“I was leaving [pitches] up a little bit,” Gaddis said. “Got to work down and try to get those groundball outs.”
The first two runners in the second inning — Matt Wallner (Southern Mississippi) and Steven Williams (Auburn) — reached to give Falmouth a runner in scoring position. Gaddis forced two popouts to Ashton McGee (North Carolina) and Jorge Arenas (Stetson) before getting Sims to hit a weak dribbler to end the inning.
Gaddis allowed a lead-off walk in the third but showed off a nifty pickoff move to nab Hayden Cantrelle (Louisiana-Lafayette) leaning at first.
Two of the A’s three errors came in the fifth. With two outs, Cantrelle hit a grounder to second that took an unexpected hop on the edge of the infield grass, causing Woley to misplay the ball. Then, a pickoff throw from Gaddis was wild and allowed Cantrelle to reach second.
That gave Falmouth a scoring chance with leadoff hitter and top 2019 MLB Draft prospect Logan Davidson (Clemson) up at the dish. Davidson made hard contact on a Gaddis pitch, but it was hit well within Fogel’s range in right.
“I was definitely trying to go as far as I can,” Gaddis said. “I wanted to put another one under my belt but [Holliday] said I did a good job. I respect the man so I took his word and passed it on to the next guy.”
Greg Veliz (Miami) replaced Gaddis in the sixth to pick up the two-inning save but dealt with trouble in both frames. In the sixth, Handley knocked a leadoff single but he was eliminated from the bases when Kahle gunned down his fellow Pac-12 catcher by two steps trying to steal second.
A out-out double from Langworthy an inning later gave the Commodores another chance to tie, but again failed to do equalize. Cameron Cannon (Arizona) grounded out to Veliz and Cantrelle flew out to Tristin English (Georgia Tech) in left.
“Anytime you can come out with a 1-0 game, goose egg the other team and only give up three hits, thats crazy,” Fogel said. “Props to them.”