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Game 30 Preview: Chatham at Cotuit

by Graham Dietz
Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Game 30 Preview: Chatham at Cotuit
While most of the Cape Cod Baseball League took an off-day, Chatham experienced its first back-to-back win on Tuesday. The Anglers defeated Wareham 7–2 on Tuesday afternoon but fell 5–2 to Falmouth that evening in their first doubleheader of the season.

Despite garnering consecutive wins, Brewster topped Yarmouth-Dennis 15–8 on Tuesday to remain seven points ahead of the A’s in the East Division standings.

In the Anglers’ second game on Tuesday, newcomer Carson Pierce, an Oklahoma product, produced five strikeouts and surrendered just one hit in his first five innings against the Commodores. After loading the bases in the sixth, Falmouth lit up Chatham reliever Gavin Brasosky, posting three runs in the frame.

The Anglers never recovered and Xavier Casserilla, a position player, came in to pitch for Chatham acting manager Marty Lees’ depleted bullpen in the top of the ninth.

Here is what you need to know before Chatham (9–19–1 East) takes its next road trip—a visit to the Cape League leaders, Cotuit (22–9–0 West)—and its final West-Division road trip on Wednesday.

Probable Starters

Trey Gibson (Liberty): Gibson has pitched in numerous games for the A’s, racking up 15.1 total innings in 2023. His season has been akin to a rollercoaster and his last two performances sum that up perfectly. On July 14, Gibson allowed six runs in 4.1 innings but on July 12, the six-foot-five righty garnered a strikeout and no earned runs in one inning.

Camron Hill (Georgia Tech): Hill is quite literally the best pitcher in the Cape League. Hill boasts a 0.36 ERA in 24.2 innings pitched. In his last two starts, the six-foot-six lefty recorded a combined 11 strikeouts and no earned runs in two starts.

Chatham Players To Watch

Kaeden Kent (Texas A&M): The future only seems to get brighter for one of just two Cape League position-player All-Stars on Chatham’s roster. In Tuesday night’s 5–2 loss, Kent led the pack with three hits in four at-bats. His .306 batting average leads the Anglers’ hitters.

Deric Fabian (Auburn): One thing about Fabian that is underlooked—due to his .386 batting average in 44 at-bats—is his sound ability to field the ball at shortstop. Fabian has played the most innings at shortstop than any other person on Chatham’s roster and owns a .983 fielding percentage with only one error.

Cotuit Players To Watch

Cole Mathis (Charleston): A deadly weapon on either side of the spectrum, Mathis pitches and bats for the Kettleers. In 17 innings pitched, Mathis represents a 3.17 ERA. In 72 at-bats, meanwhile, the righty has registered a .319 batting average with 24 RBIs and only 13 strikeouts.

Carter Mathison (Indiana): Mathison leads Cotuit’s bats with a .333 batting average. He has also walked 18 times this season—good for first on the roster—and nearly gets on base one out of every two times he comes to the plate with a .487 on-base percentage.

Number To Know: 2

Despite going 8–2 in their last 10 games played, the Kettleers are on a two-game losing streak. Chatham, meanwhile, has gone 2–1 over its last three games played. By record and statistically, the best team in the Cape League meets the worst team in the Cape League. But, in the last three games, one is slightly trending in the right direction (the Anglers) while the other is dropping some steam.

Last Time They Played

It’s been just over a month since Chatham last squared up with the Kettleers.

On June 18, Cotuit topped the Anglers 6–2. The Kettleers picked up two scores in the third and fourth frames, respectively, to take a 4–0 lead early against the A’s starter, Parker Smith, which they never gave back.

Chatham clawed back with two runs combined in the seventh and eighth inning with a Tate Ballestero single and a Mark Shallenberger passed-ball score but it couldn’t get the job done.