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Game 15 Preview: Harwich at Chatham

by Graham Dietz
Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Game 15 Preview: Harwich at Chatham
Monday night baseball on the Cape was unfriendly to both Chatham and Harwich.

After posting three runs in the bottom of the first inning, the Anglers’ pitching staff relinquished four home runs in an 11–5 loss to Yarmouth-Dennis. Chatham starter Trey Gibson handed out seven of those runs in the top of the second inning alone, and Y-D’s Hunter Hines notched his sixth home run of the season on a grand slam in the same frame.

The Mariners, on the other hand, went scoreless after the seventh inning of their contest with Bourne tied at three apiece. Harwich reliever Xavier Martinez allowed four runs in 2.2 innings of work, capsizing the ship in a tight 5–3 loss to the Braves.

The two East division foes are now slated to face off with each other Tuesday night at Veterans Field. Here is everything you need to know for Chatham (4–9–1 East) matchup with Mariners (9–5–0 East):

Probable Starters

Brian Holiday (College of Central Florida): Although Holiday’s first appearance for Chatham didn’t go as planned—the right-handed JUCO standout allowed three runs in three innings of work—he managed five innings of one-run baseball in his first start. On June 20 at Yarmouth-Dennis, Holiday garnered six strikeouts and just three walks in a five-frame start, leading the A’s to a 2–1 victory. Holiday is a go-getter, and Chatham catcher Kaden Hopson lauded his poise on the mound. Hopson said that Holiday has good control over his pace.

Tom Chmielewski (Princeton): In 12 innings this summer—a combination of two six-inning starts—the Ivy League hurler has produced a 1.50 ERA and 0.58 WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched). Chmielewski, a lefty, tallied zero earned runs and just one hit in a 9–3 win over Brewster on June 20. 

Chatham Players to Watch

Matt Wilkinson (Central Arizona): With two starting pitchers this season, Wilkinson, or “Tugboat” as they call him, has played the counterpart role. But just because he’s entered both games in relief, he hasn’t been any less dominant. In nine total innings this season, Wilkinson has only been hit once and has not registered an earned run. Wilkinson is the only pitcher for Chatham this year who has pitched in two wins with no losses.

Lyle Miller-Green (Austin Peay): Considering that Harwich manager Steve Englert is projected to start the lefty Chmielewski, it’s likely that Chatham manager Tom Holliday will add his top right-handed batter to the lineup. Most recently, Miller-Green obliterated a two-RBI homer to the left of the scoreboard at Veterans Field during the A’s 11–5 loss on Monday. The six-foot-five, 230-pound power hitter leads Chatham’s bats with two home runs. His .281 batting average is good for fourth on the A’s roster.

Harwich Players to Watch

Brett Bateman (Minnesota): The last time the Mariners came around to play Chatham, Brett Bateman led Harwich in at-bats and batting average. 15 games into the season, that still stands true. In 46 at-bats, Bateman has manufactured 23 hits for a team-best .500 batting average. 

Billy Amick (Clemson): Amick, a six-foot-one, 215-pound infielder, possesses all the right tools at the plate, from power to a low strikeout rate. The Tiger has only conceded five strikeouts in 38 at-bats while batting .368 with two home run jacks.

Number to Know: 4.5

After its second loss in a row, Chatham is now 4.5 games back of first place in the Cape Cod Baseball League's East Division. The team in fourth, Orleans, is only three games back, for reference. Falmouth, who sit at the bottom of the League's West Division, is six games back of first-placed Cotuit and is in the middle of a league-leading five-game losing streak.

Last Time They Played

Going into the top of the eighth inning the last time the Anglers suited up against Harwich, the Mariners led 4–1.

Chatham potted two runs in that inning, however, and one in the ninth to extend the game to extra innings.

Despite bringing a runner, Tate Ballestero, all the way to third base in the top of the tenth inning, a Hudson White popup from a bunt induced the final two outs to turn things over to Harwich’s bats in the bottom of the inning.

In quick fashion, Harwich's Ali Camarillo plated an RBI single off A's reliever Aeden Finateri to walk off the affair 5–4.