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EDS Game 2 Preview: Chatham at Harwich

by Peter Warren
Monday, August 06, 2018

EDS Game 2 Preview: Chatham at Harwich

When the Chatham Anglers fell behind 1-0 in Game 1 of the EDS after an RBI single by the Harwich Mariners, the numbers were not in Chatham’s favor. Eighteen of the Anglers’ 22 wins had come when the A’s scored first.

Sunday was not one of those days.

The Anglers (1-0) responded by scoring five straight runs on their way to an 8-3 victory over Harwich (0-1) in Game 1 of the EDS, setting the stage for Game 2 Monday at Whitehouse Field. The Mariners need to win the contest to keep their season alive and force a winner-take-all Game 3.

Alek Manoah (West Virginia) will be given the task of shutting down the Mariners offense. Manoah made one of his seven starts during the regular season against the Mariners. On July 14 at Whitehouse Field, he allowed three hits and two runs while striking out 11 batters over six innings.

“I’m just trying to come in and attack with the fastball and get some swings, get ahead of some counts,” Manoah said after Chatham’s 8-3 win on July 14. “Then just play with them with the offspeed. Once I’m in a rhythm I can start throwing offspeed for strikes and start blowing their doors off.”

The 6’7” right-hander led the CCBL in strikeouts during the regular season (48) while averaging 12.960 strikeouts per nine innings. When batters made contact off Manoah, the baseball did not drop in for hits often. In 33.2 innings pitched Manoah allowed 15 hits.

The starter for the Mariners is left-hander Danny Poidomani (Stevens Tech). Poidomani is 2-1 on the season with a 3.91 ERA and opponent's batting average of .171. The New Jersey native has not faced the Anglers at all this season.

Chatham hit three home runs in Sunday’s Game 1 victory. Kyle McCann (Georgia Tech) got the barrage started with a two-run round-tripper in the bottom of the second to switch a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 advantage. Blake Sabol (Southern California) and Michael Busch (North Carolina) hit solo-shots later in the contest to provide insurance runs for the A’s.

All nine of Chatham’s starters reached base safely, with the top of the lineup being particularly deadly. Sabol, the leadoff hitter, had two hits and two RBIs. Busch finished with two hits, two hit-by-pitches and three runs scored while hitting behind Sabol. Three-hole hitter Spencer Torkelson (Arizona State) drew three walks.

“If you can get the top of our lineup out, you're pitching really, really good,” Anglers manager Tom Holliday said.

In the other EDS, the Brewster Whitecaps upset No. 1 seeded Y-D at Red Wilson Field, 5-4. Brewster got out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning, but the Red Sox plated four in the fifth to tie the game. The Whitecaps broke the deadlock in the top of the seventh when Ray Alejo (Central Florida) tripled home Joe Donovan (Michigan). Y-D needs to win today at Stony Brook Field in Brewster to scathe off elimination.