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Game 10 Preview: Chatham at Harwich

by Tyler Schiff
Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Game 10 Preview: Chatham at Harwich
After two consecutive losses at home, Chatham bounced back on Tuesday evening in a thrilling 2–1 road win over Yarmouth-Dennis.

Oklahoma State’s Carson Benge, who made his Angler debut against the Red Sox, tallied a two-RBI double in the top of the second inning to give Chatham an early 2–0 lead. In the third frame, Y-D’s Max Viera hit a sacrifice fly that cut the deficit to just one.

The scoreline stayed 2–1 until the bottom of the ninth. Y-D had the game-tying run at the plate with two outs remaining. Will King launched a fly ball to center field, which Chatham’s Janson Reeder caught with ease. From the outfield, Reeder swiftly delivered his cutoff throw to catcher Kaden Hopson. Hopson tagged the runner, garnering the final out of the Anglers’ first victory over Y-D in 2023.

On Wednesday, Chatham plays at Harwich. The two sides were originally slated to play on Friday, June 16, but could not due to rain. The Mariners are coming off of a 9–3 win against Brewster and are riding a three-game win streak.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Chatham’s (3–5–1 East) showdown with East Division leaders, Harwich (6–3–0 East):

Probable Starters

Ben Peterson (North Carolina): A returner for the A’s, Peterson notched his first win of the season in a 7–4 victory over Wareham. Coming out of the pen, the Tar Heel recorded a strikeout in 3.1 innings pitched. At North Carolina, the righty totaled a 5.52 ERA with 17 strikeouts across five appearances in 2023.

Josh Bostick (Grayson Community College): Though Bostick tallied four strikeouts in four innings during Harwich’s 12–1 unraveling of Wareham, he also induced three walks, three hits and three earned runs. In his first year with the Vikings, Bostick produced three wins and ten starts while notching 103 strikeouts.

Chatham Players To Watch

Carson Benge (Oklahoma State): In his first three at-bats as an Angler, Benge garnered three hits. His two-RBI double in the top of the third inning on Tuesday paced the A’s win over Y-D. In 2023, Benge put up a .345 batting average and a team-best .468 on-base percentage for OSU. He also registered seven home runs.

Chris Maldonado (Vanderbilt): Like Benge, Maldonado never came up empty during his three at-bats against Y-D, recording two hits and a walk. In his first two appearances for Chatham, the Commodore laced three balls deep into the outfield, but his efforts never cleared the porch. It’s only a matter of time. In his first season with Vanderbilt, Maldonado totaled 32 RBIs and 48 hits.

Harwich Players To Watch

Matt Scannell (Princeton): Across eight games this summer, Scannell has managed one RBI, or more, in at least six. Last time out facing Brewster, Scannell brought home two runs in his lone hit. The Princeton product’s best performance so far has come in a 9-4 win over the Cape League leaders Cotuit when he tallied two RBIs in a season-high five at-bats.

Seaver King (Wingate University): King leads the Mariners with a .517 batting average and his eight RBIs are good for third on the team. The Bulldog is coming off his best season at Wingate where he posted a personal best 90 hits, 11 home runs, and 53 RBI’s.

Number To Know: 0

Though he won’t feature in Chatham’s showdown with Harwich, reliever Matt Wilkinson is now just one of three pitchers in the Cape League to post a 0.00 ERA in nine or more innings pitched. After coming on in relief of Brian Holiday in Tuesday’s game at Y-D, the Arizona State commit held the Red Sox to four scoreless innings and allowed just one hit.

Last Time They Played

By the time Chatham played Harwich on Aug. 2, 2022, the Anglers had a slim-to-none chance of making the playoffs. They needed to beat the Mariners but also needed Orleans to lose its matchup with Wareham.

Home runs from Cooper Ingle and Will Butcher cemented a convincing 4–2 Chatham win with help from Brian Holiday, who finished with 10 strikeouts over six innings in relief. But the A’s would fall just short of the postseason as Orleans defeated the Gatemen 6–4.