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The Anglers five-game winning streak, spanning back to last Friday, will be tested on the road at Falmouth. A game was originally scheduled for June 30 but rain flooded Fuller Field. Now, the two will face off in a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m.
Chatham last posted eight runs against Orleans for the second straight night, but almost blew their lead in the final two frames. With Luke Bartnicki (Georgia Tech) struggling, manager Tom Holliday put infielder and second-year Angler Jorge Arenas on the mound for a one-out save. After two more runs, Arenas struck out the lineup’s leadoff hitter looking.
“Jorge came out and got it done,” Holliday said on Thursday night. “It wasn’t pretty but he got it done.”
Falmouth most recently defeated Cotuit, 4-1, on Thursday. The Commodores knocked 13 hits and limited the Kettleers to just one run.
Ty Madden (Texas) will start in game one for the Anglers. After allowing two earned in his first outing in Chatham’s season-opener, the right-hander has not allowed a run since. In 12.1 innings, Madden has 15 strikeouts with a 0.89 WHIP. Last night, Madden taught Arenas how to throw a knuckle curve minutes before his third pitching outing for the A’s — Arenas used the pitch twice.
Daniel Federman (Miami) is scheduled to begin game two. Since allowing four runs against Wareham, the righty has allowed just three hits in his last 3.1 frames. Federman most recently pitched an inning in Chatham’s 15-1 win over Yarmouth-Dennis.
Mason Hazelwood (Kentucky) will also pitch for the Anglers on Friday. The left-hander threw three perfect innings of work on June 28, fanning six of his nine batters faced. Hazelwood’s 19 strikeouts is one of the top marks in the league and his 1.54 ERA is fourth among A’s pitchers with 10 or more innings.
Kaden Polcovich (Oklahoma State) has been the Anglers best bat over the last six games. Over that span, the switch hitter has nine RBIs. Yesterday, Polcovich started the early scoring onslaught with a two-run shot to right center, his third homer of the summer.
When reacting to his two RBI, two walk game against Orleans, Tyler Doanes (West Virginia) simply said: “I actually hit the ball this time.” Doanes drove home the final two runs on July 4 and comes into Friday with a .286 batting average. He also has more walks (seven) than strikeouts (six).
In the past week, Kaden Polcovich has the highest OPS in the league at 1.306. Earlier this week, Holliday called Polcovich “the best center fielder in the league.”
Chatham lost its first game of the season in a 1-0 pitching duel. Zarion Sharpe (North Carolina Wilmington) was credited with the loss, but none of the Anglers three pitchers gave up an earned run.