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Game 35 Preview: Hyannis at Chatham

by Graham Dietz
Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Game 35 Preview: Hyannis at Chatham
On Tuesday night, Chatham will look to bounce back from its first shutout loss since June 25 with a matchup against Hyannis at Veterans Field. The Anglers were defeated 12–0 by Harwich on Monday, which set them back eight points of fourth place in the Cape Cod Baseball League East Division standings with 10 games left in the season. 

Here are the pregame notes for the A’s (10–22–2 East) home affair with the Harbor Hawks (21–13–2 West), who come to Chatham with a record of 8–1–1 in their last 10 games. 

Probable Starters

Jack Sokol (Pittsburgh): Sokol hasn’t made an appearance on the mound since July 10, when he notched five strikeouts and didn’t allow a single run in 4 1/3 innings pitched. The righty boasts 16 strikeouts this season in comparison to just seven walks. 

Hayden Frank (Lipscomb): Frank levels out at an ERA of 2.70 this season through 23 1/3 innings pitched. In his last outing, during a 10–2 win over Falmouth on July 17, Frank gave up seven hits but surrendered only one earned run and tallied six strikeouts. 

Chatham Players To Watch

Kaeden Kent (Texas A&M): Kent keeps on adding to his spectacular summer season and is making a strong bid for a Cape League MVP award. Kent owns a .340 batting average and went 4–5 in Monday’s loss to the Mariners. The rest of Chatham’s roster combined for five hits in the contest.

Lane Forsythe (Mississippi State): In his Angler debut, Forsythe recorded one hit in four at-bats. He didn’t make a single error in the hot corner, which the Anglers have struggled with as of late. 

Hyannis Players To Watch

Cameron Smith (Florida State): Smith leads the CCBL in total at-bats with 136 and has registered 47 hits, 33 runs, 21 RBIs and six home runs in the process. His monster .346 batting average has helped the Harbor Hawks lead their way into a second-place slot in the West Division currently. 

Brody Donay (Virginia Tech): The last time the six-foot-five righty catcher faced off against the A’s, he piped two home runs en route to a six-RBI night. Donay has shown inconsistencies, striking out 36 times this season. But if he gets a hold of one with his barrel, the ball is sure to exit the park.

Number To Know: 5

The Anglers finished the 2022 season with a record of 15–20–9, meaning that Chatham’s current roster will need to rack up five wins in its remaining 10 games to match its win total from last season. While Brewster finished at the top of the East Division last season with 19 wins, the Whitecaps are in fourth place this season—eight points ahead of the A’s.

Last Time They Played

Chatham last squared off against Hyannis at McKeon Park on July 14. The Anglers relinquished six total runs in the bottom of the third inning amid a four-inning stretch in which the Harbor Hawks registered at least one run.

Donay finished with a 2–4 batting line including two homers and six RBIs. Four Hyannis batters finished the matchup with two hits and nine finished with at least a hit. Chatham, meanwhile, used five total pitchers in the contest.