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Game 40 Preview: Chatham at Hyannis

by Peter Warren
Saturday, July 28, 2018

Game 40 Preview: Chatham at Hyannis

After facing off with the leaders of the East Division on Friday, the Chatham Anglers now travel to McKeon Park to take on the Hyannis Harbor Hawks.

Chatham and Hyannis have each won one game, lost one game and tied one game against each other this season. The most recent result between the two — also played at McKeon Park — was a 12-5 victory for the Harbor Hawks on July 18. Eric Rivera (Florida Atlantic) had his best game of the season for Hyannis. The rising junior went 5-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs.

The Anglers tied the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, 4-4, on Friday. Chatham captured the lead in the fifth when Drew Mendoza (Florida State) smoked a solo-shot into a backyard beyond the right-field wall at Red Wilson Field before adding another run later in the inning. Michael Busch (North Carolina) boosted the A’s lead in the seventh when he sent another baseball out of the yard for a two-run homer.

But bullpen woes plagued the A’s in the seventh. Austin Bergner (UNC) had held the Y-D bats scoreless through six innings, but was relieved by Reeves Martin (New Orleans) to start the bottom of the seventh. Nick Quintana (Arizona) led off the frame with a home run and Martin allowed a hit and a walk before being replaced by Spencer Van Scoyoc (Arizona State).

Van Scoyoc got two outs, but gave up an RBI single to Brad Beesley (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) and a two-RBI double to CCBL All-Star Andrew Daschbach (Stanford) that tied the game for the Red Sox. The two East Division foes played one more inning after that as the game was called due to darkness following the conclusion of the eighth inning.

The Harbor Hawks also tied 4-4 on Friday against the Brewster Whitecaps at Stony Brook Park. Hyannis had taken a 4-3 lead in the seventh inning when Matthew Barefoot (Campbell) smacked a double into left field, scoring Braden Comeaux (Rice). However, the first pitch of the bottom of the seventh was crushed over the wall by Ike Freeman (North Carolina) to tie the game at four. The two played two more innings before the game was called due to darkness.

Barefoot — the CCBL’s top hitter — headlines the Harbor Hawks attack. He is hitting .392 — 33 points higher than second-place then Wareham’s Austin Shenton (Florida International) — with a league-high 49 hits along with nine doubles, three home runs and 25 RBIs. Todd Lott (Louisiana-Lafayette) has six home runs and six doubles while Davis Wendzel has 11 doubles and 19 walks on the season.

The Anglers are five games back of Y-D in the East Division standings and 2.5 games ahead of the Harwich Mariners for second place in the division.