Game 14 Preview: Yarmouth-Dennis at Chatham
After a spirited 4–1 home victory over Falmouth on Saturday, Chatham failed to string together consecutive wins, falling 6–0 to Brewster on the road.
Through the opening two innings, the Anglers trailed by five runs and could never find their way back due to four costly errors, three total hits, and a failure to capitalize on a loaded-base opportunity in the top of the eighth frame.
The A’s return to Veterans Field on Monday to take on Yarmouth-Dennis for the third time in 2023. The first time the two sides matched up, Y-D defeated Chatham 5–3, notching 13 hits in the process. The second time around at Merrill “Red” Wilson Field, the Anglers’ pitching tandem of Brian Holiday and Matt Wilkinson led the way to a 2–1 victory.
The Red Sox are coming off a 5–4 loss to Orleans and currently sit at second in the Cape Cod Baseball League’s East Division.
Here’s everything you need to know about Chatham’s (4–8–1 East) third showdown of the summer against Yarmouth-Dennis (8–5–1 East).
Trey Gibson (Liberty): In his first start with Chatham, Gibson tallied five strikeouts but also gave up four walks and three runs in a 6–3 loss to Hyannis. He has featured in one game since. Though he did not suit up for the Flames in the 2023 season, Gibson holds a 4.91 total ERA across 121 innings pitched at Liberty.
Nicholas Judice (Louisiana Monroe): The Baton Rouge, Louisiana native has thrown twice for Yarmouth-Dennis in 2023. In his first appearance, an 8–6 loss to Cotuit on June 11, Judice walked four batters and gave up one run. Most recently, the righty produced seven strikeouts in four innings to help the Red Sox take down Orleans on June 19.
Chatham Players To Watch
Xavier Casserilla (Seminole State College): Currently Chatham’s hottest batter, Casserilla garnered a home run in the Anglers’ 4–1 win against Falmouth on Saturday and registered a ground-rule double in Monday’s 6–0 loss at Brewster. Currently hitting at a .333 rate, Casserilla has three RBIs in 24 at-bats so far this season.
Liam Paddack (Spokane Falls Community College): In three appearances for Chatham in 2023, Paddack has averaged a 1.28 ERA and has fanned eight total batters. While Paddack is still waiting to feature in a win, the righty has only allowed one run all season.
Yarmouth-Dennis Players To Watch
Hunter Hines (Mississippi State): While the Red Sox fell to the Firebirds on Monday, Hines finished with a whopping two home runs and four RBIs. The Mississippi State product was a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy in 2023, which is presented annually to the top player in college baseball. Hines was responsible for Y-D’s four total runs on June 18 against Falmouth, batting them all in, in a 4–4 tie.
Will King (Eastern Kentucky): The last time King stepped up to the plate against Chatham, his pop up into deep center field was caught and thrown home for the game’s final out, clinching the Anglers’ victory. So far this season, King has recorded nine RBIs in 43 at-bats and has only struck out twice.
Number To Know: .500
Carson Benge’s team-leading .500 batting average has continued to impress during his 18 total at-bats. After going a perfect 3–3 in his debut against Yarmouth-Dennis, Benge has consistently tallied at least one hit in every game with the exception being Sunday’s loss to Brewster. Expect Benge to continue his scorching start this summer.
Last Time They Played
In the bottom of the ninth inning with just one out, center fielder Janson Reeder caught King’s high-fly ball and threw toward Kaden Hopson at home. Chatham held a slim one-run lead.
Reeder’s grab marked the second out and his delivery to the plate was by most standards a perfect throw for Hopson who ended the contest by tagging a sliding Nathan Archer.
Prior to the winning play, Chatham starter Brian Holiday allowed just one run in five innings and Wilkinson took over in the sixth to keep Yarmouth-Dennis’ offense stagnant. Benge’s second-inning two-RBI triple was enough to win.