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Game 20 Preview: Harwich at Chatham

by Graham Dietz and Tyler Schiff
Monday, July 03, 2023

Game 20 Preview: Harwich at Chatham
Chatham suffered its second consecutive loss on Sunday at Brewster. Though the Anglers jumped out to an early 3–0 lead, they relinquished it immediately in the bottom of the first inning. From there, Chatham failed to tally on another score as the Whitecaps cruised to an eventual 6–3 victory.

The A’s will now face Harwich at Veterans Field for the second time in four days. On June 30, Chatham defeated the Mariners 8–1 after racking up a season-best 15 hits to snap a four-game losing skid. Since then, Harwich has split its last two contests and sit at second in the East Division.

Here’s everything you need to know before the Anglers (5–13–1 East) take on the Mariners (11–8–0 East).

Probable Starters

Jack Seppings (Brown): Seppings, who Chatham signed on Monday morning, managed a 4.38 ERA in 18 appearances at Brown this past season. As a sophomore, the righty tallied 49 strikeouts across 37 innings pitched.

Tim Noone (Babson): In three appearances for Harwich, Noone has given up five combined runs after shutting out Orleans in his Mariners debut. Last time out, Noone allowed one score but didn’t produce a strikeout in a 5–3 loss to Bourne.

Chatham Players To Watch

Nolan Schubart (Oklahoma State): In the Anglers most recent matchup, Schubart clobbered a three-RBI home run at 394 feet to take a 3–0 lead in the top of the first inning. Schubart has struck out the most on the roster at 21 times, but his lefty power makes him one of the most daunting prospective hitters on the Cape.

Deric Fabian (Florida): A natural shortstop, Fabian’s short tenure in Chatham has already cleaned up a lot of the team’s infield struggles. The Gator hasn’t found his stride offensively just yet but holds a .364 batting average after 11 turns at the plate.

Harwich Players To Watch

Devin Obee (Duke): In four at-bats on July 2 at Hyannis, Obee produced two hits, including a home run. Obee has struck out 19 times this season and only boasts 10 hits in 39 at-bats, but the righty Blue Devil has recorded a hit in three of his last four games.

Bryan Arendt (North Carolina Wilmington): In 2023, Arendt has notched six RBIs in eleven hits with the Mariners. At UNC Wilmington, the catcher started in 34 games and earned 22 runs. He enters Chatham’s showdown with Harwich on a two-game hitting streak.

Number To Know: 3

Fourth time’s a charm? Monday’s game against Harwich has been postponed three times already this season. First, the contest was scheduled for June 17, but it was rained out, which postponed it to June 22. Then it was rained out again on June 22 and was postponed to June 27. On June 27, the game was also rained out and rescheduled for July 3. With the last two Anglers’ contests being fogged out, there is potential for a fourth postponement.

Last Time They Played

In its best offensive evening of the season, Chatham’s bats lined up 15 hits to defeat Harwich 8–1 on June 30 to snap a four-game losing streak.

The Anglers registered five runs in the third inning and never looked back, tacking on another score in both the seventh and eighth frames for good measure. Defensively, Chatham surrendered a single run in the victory.