Game 34 Preview: Harwich at Chatham
Chatham returns to action on Monday against Harwich following the 2023 Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game. The Anglers were represented by Texas A&M’s Kaeden Kent, Oklahoma State’s Nolan Schubart and Oregon State’s Aiden Jimenez.
Before the break, Chatham traveled to Orleans for its second doubleheader of the season. In Game 1, the Anglers took down the Firebirds 6–3 behind home runs from shortstop Deric Fabian and catcher Jayden Melendez. In Game 2, Orleans bested Chatham, winning 4–3 off a walk-off sacrifice fly from Owen Carapellotti.
Across four prior meetings this summer, both the Mariners and Anglers have won two and lost two. Harwich currently sits at third in the East Division, nine points ahead of fifth-placed Chatham.
Here’s everything you need to know before Chatham (10–21–2 East) hosts Harwich (15–19–1 East).
Jack Seppings (Brown): Though Seppings allowed two earned runs during Game 2 of Chatham’s doubleheader with Orleans on Friday, the righty boasts a 2.18 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 12.1 total innings pitched. Seppings threw just 37 pitches against the Firebirds and should enter the Anglers’ next matchup refreshed.
Blake Purnell (Florida): Monday will mark Purnell’s first start and second overall appearance with Harwich in 2023. In his debut, Purnell shut out Hyannis through four innings of relief on July 16 to salvage a 5–5 tie after the Mariners trailed early.
Chatham Players To Watch
Zach Harris (Georgia Southern): Expect Harris to enter out of the bullpen at some point against Harwich. In Harris’ last outing, which was also his first start, the Eagle conceded three runs in 3.2 innings during a 6–3 road win over Wareham on July 17. Harris owns a 7.10 ERA and five strikeouts in 6.1 innings pitched.
Tyler Wulfert (Oklahoma State): If it wasn’t for an empty three at-bats against Orleans in Game 2 of Friday’s doubleheader, Wulfert would’ve entered Monday’s contest riding a five-game hit streak. In his last four features, Wulfert has notched a combined seven RBIs, including four at Cotuit on July 19.
Harwich Players To Watch
Devin Obee (Duke): Obee leads Harwich with 15 RBIs and possesses a team-high 14 walks. The last time Chatham faced off with the Mariners, Obee charted four RBIs, including a home run in a 7–6 Harwich win. He holds a .225 batting average in 98 at-bats and was a 2023 Cape League All-Star.
Seaver King (Wake Forest): King returned to Harwich on July 14 following a three-week stint with the USA College National Team where he totaled a .250 batting average. Though he’s registered just a single RBI since, King’s .424 CCBL batting average in 59 at-bats speaks for itself. Entering the summer as a Wingate Bulldog, King officially committed to the Demon Deacons on June 7.
Number To Know: 7
Chatham’s loss to Orleans in Game 2 of Friday’s doubleheader was its second of 2023 and marked the end of the Anglers’ most games this summer over a four-day stretch. Chatham played in seven games from July 18 to July 21. It also will not have another rest day until the end of the regular season.
Last Time They Played
Chatham last played Harwich on July 7. The Mariners jumped out to a 6–0 lead in the bottom of the first inning in an eventual 7–6 win.
Obee’s grand slam punctuated a commanding start for Harwich but the Anglers strung together five combined runs in the second and fourth innings, capitalized by a Matthew Etzel homer, to draw within one.
From there, Chatham’s bats couldn’t remain hot and went scoreless in the final three innings.