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Game 15 Preview: Chatham at Bourne

by Tyler Schiff
Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Game 15 Preview: Chatham at Bourne
Chatham dropped its second consecutive game at home on Monday, losing 11–5 to Yarmouth-Dennis. The Anglers had a chance to bounce back on Tuesday but their contest against Harwich was postponed to July 3 due to rain. The fixture had already been pushed back twice before Tuesday due to poor weather conditions as well.

Chatham is slated to play at Bourne on Wednesday. In the first matchup between the two sides, the Braves defeated the A’s by a staggering 11–1 scoreline. In a stagnant offensive showing, the only way the Anglers managed to score was through a wild pitch from Bourne’s starter Henry Weycker, with the bases loaded, that brought Nolan Schubart home.

Riding a two-game winning streak, the Braves are coming off a 5–3 victory over Harwich and currently sit at third place in the Cape Cod Baseball League’s West Division.

Here’s everything you need to know before Chatham (4–9–1 East) travels to Bourne (7–7–1).

Probable Starters

Miles Langhorne (Charlotte): Langhorne has pitched a total of six innings in 2023. In his first start, a 5–3 loss to Yarmouth-Dennis on June 14, Langhorne garnered three strikeouts but conceded two earned runs. On June 21, he notched five strikeouts and allowed just three hits in a 5–4 away loss against Harwich.

Bryce Cunningham (Vanderbilt): Cunningham has yet to feature for the Braves this summer. At Vanderbilt, the righty registered 45 strikeouts in 42 innings pitched, averaging a 6.43 ERA. In 18 appearances with the Commodores, Cunningham picked up two wins and three losses.

Chatham Players To Watch

Carson Benge (Oklahoma State): Chatham’s leader in batting average (.455), Benge has recorded three RBIs in 10 hits across just six games this season. Benge’s most impressive performance so far came on his debut when he went 3–3 at the plate in a 2–1 win over the Red Sox.

Maxx Yehl (West Virginia): Due to Chatham’s depleted arms on the mound, Yehl will likely be called on today. Yehl hasn’t let up a single run in four innings pitched so far. The lefty hurler balanced out a four-walk showing with three strikeouts in Chatham’s 5–4 loss to Harwich on June 21 and earned his first save with a two-inning outing to keep the Anglers’ 4–1 advantage over Falmouth on June 24.

Bourne Players To Watch

Derek Bender (Coastal Carolina): Bender has maintained a hot streak during Bourne’s last two wins, producing a home run and at least two RBIs in each contest. Boasting a team-best .567 batting average, the Braves have won six of its last eight games when Bender has played.

Garrett Michel (Virginia Tech): Michel has enjoyed 45 at-bats in 2023, more than any other Bourne player. He’s tacked on eight RBIs this season, one of which contributed to the Braves’ 13–1 destruction of Cape League leaders Cotuit on Monday.

Number To Know: 78

Chatham’s 78 earned runs and 78 allowed walks are the most in the Cape League. The Anglers have also given up the most runs (84) this season. In a middling position after the opening third of the summer, the A’s will need to turn things around before hopes at a playoff push disappear.

Last Time They Played

Chatham only generated one run at Veterans Field in an 11–1 blowout loss to Bourne on June 19. Brett Callahan led the Braves with a three-RBI performance.

Though Anglers starter Brody Brecht managed seven strikeouts in the opening three innings, he also allowed five earned runs. Matters worsened for Chatham’s pitching staff when relievers Ervis Solis and Trey Gibson combined to concede five more scores. While Bourne tallied a whopping 16 hits, the A’s mustered just six, striking out 12 times in the process.