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Game 13 Preview: Chatham at Bourne

by Zak Wolf
Saturday, June 29, 2024

Game 13 Preview: Chatham at Bourne
For the second straight game, Chatham lost 8-2, this time falling to Yarmouth-Dennis. The defeat was its fourth in its last five games. The Anglers struggled to put runners on base, recording four hits — two of which came in the second inning. The A’s took an early lead, but a three-run blast capped off a five-run third inning for the Red Sox, who never relinquished their lead.

Dylan Vigue dominated Chatham lineup, allowing just two hits and one run while striking out nine batters. Vigue’s start allowed Y-D’s bullpen to easily close out the game without much trouble.

Following its second losing streak of the season, Chatham will face Bourne. The Anglers beat the Braves 5-1 on June 17 at Veterans Field, but will now head out west to face them.

Here’s everything to know before Chatham (5-7, East) travels to take on Bourne (3-8-1, West) Saturday:

Probable Starters

Evan Chrest (Florida State) will start his third game of the summer for Chatham. Chrest's two starts so far have gone completely differently. He started Opening Day against Wareham, throwing 3.1 scorless innings, striking out six batters and walking just one in an 11-1 victory. 

Chrest didn't have as much success in his second start against Brewster on June 21. The righty allowed a couple of two-run home runs to Nolan Schubart and Daniel Cuvet in the first and third innings respectively. In four innings, Chrest allowed five runs on six hits and walked three batters. 

Bourne’s Tucker Novotny is set to make his first appearance with the Braves Saturday. Novotny spent the spring with Minnesota tossing 52 innings where he recorded 62 strikeouts. The lefty finished with a 6.75 ERA and allowed seven home runs in 14 starts.

Chatham Players To Watch

Will Gasparino’s (Texas) first hit since his first at-bat of the season came Friday against Y-D. Gasparino drove a double off the right-center field wall in the second inning, just a few feet from his second home run of the summer. The outfielder’s first hit was a solo blast against Y-D in Chatham’s third game. Gasparino has yet to find a rhythm while being in and out of Chatham’s lineup, but the double could provide a springboard for him going forward.

Though Ike Irish (Auburn) didn’t produce a hit against the Red Sox, he drew two walks. Irish has been seeing the ball better as of late after struggling with strikeouts ealy in the season. The catcher has yet to record an extra-base hit, but has the potential to be one of the Anglers’ best power hitters after hitting 14 home runs with Auburn this spring.

Bourne Players To Watch

Marek Houston is one of the toughest outs in the Cape Cod Baseball League, leading the league with a .556 OBP. Houston has nine hits this season but has also drawn 11 walks, which is the second across the entire league. The Wake Forest product is batting .360 and has a .956 OPS this summer. With the Demon Deacons in the spring, Houston set a program record for games played as a freshman with 65 and finished with a .326 batting average.

Despite batting just .167, Nick Roselli has been another gritty batter for the Braves. Roselli’s .417 on-base percentage only trails Houston for the team lead. The second baseman drove in 21 runs on 40 hits in the spring with Binghamton despite seeing limited action due to an injury.

Number To Know: 39

Chatham is last in the CCBL in walks with just 39. Chatham manager Jeremy “Sheets” Sheetinger has preached patient at-bats throughout the summer, but it hasn’t always garnered desired results. The Anglers did draw 10 walks in their last game against Bourne, but they haven’t seen the same success since.

Last Time They Played

Despite recording just two hits, the Anglers defeated the Braves 5-1 on June 17. The Anglers fell behind 1-0 in the top of the third, but four straight walks and a hit-by-pitch allowed them to score two in the bottom of the fourth. Chatham’s first hit didn’t come until two frames later when John Bay (Austin Peay) blasted a two-run homer, creating a three-run cushion.

The Anglers struck out a season-high 19 times, but they received elite pitching. Kyson Witherspoon (Oklahoma) tossed four innings of one-run ball while Hayden Murphy (Auburn) and Ligon conceded just three combined hits across five innings.