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Game 17 Preview: Chatham vs. Cotuit

by Zak Wolf
Friday, July 05, 2024

Game 17 Preview: Chatham vs. Cotuit
Earlier this week, Chatham had the longest losing streak in the Cape Cod Baseball League after dropping three straight. Since then, the Anglers have turned it around. The A’s have won three straight games and currently hold the longest winning streak in the CCBL.

The latest of Chatham’s triumphs was a 4-1 victory over Orleans. The Anglers’ win was the second in as many days over the Firebirds, previously winning 12-1. Chatham is back to .500 and will look to extend its winning streak against the Cotuit Kettleers at Veterans Field Friday.

Here’s everything to know ahead of Chatham’s (8-8, East) second meeting with Cotuit (10-6, West) this summer:

Probable Starters

Tyler Kozera (UCF) will get his first start of the year for Chatham. The righty has primarily been used out of the bullpen for the Anglers, making three appearances so far this summer. Across 5.2 innings, Kozera has allowed two runs while striking out five and just walking two.

This spring with UCF, Kozera started one game. It came June 2 against Florida State in the Tallahassee Regional. Kozera tossed 3.1 scoreless innings, facing just three batters over the minimum. Before that outing, Kozera had appeared in just six previous games with 8.9 innings pitched. In his seven appearances, Kozera accumulated a 1.85 ERA.

Cotuit is set to roll with Janzen Keisel on the mound Friday. Keisel, who's set to transfer to Oregon, entered the Cape coming off his junior collegiate season at Oklahoma State, in which the righty accumulated a 3.37 ERA across 34.2 innings of work. He’s garnered two outings (one start) thus far with the Kettleers. Despite holding opponents to a .188 batting average, Keisel currently posts a 6.23 ERA through 4.1 frames this summer.

Chatham Players To Watch

Luke Cantwell (Pittsburgh) has stolen the show the past couple games against Orleans. First, he blasted a two-run home run Wednesday to punctuate a blowout win. During Cantwell’s at-bat, the home plate umpire stopped play to give Chatham’s dugout a warning before Cantwell teed off. His second home run of the season came the next day in the seventh inning. Chatham led 2-1, but Cantwell’s two-run shot gave the A’s some breathing room. Canwell’s OPS has risen to .846, which is the third best mark on the Anglers.

Ashton Larson’s (LSU) hot-streak continued Thursday, adding to more hits to bring his total to 11 in just eight games. Larson floated two singles into left field in near identical at-bats against the Firebirds. The LSU product has continued to rise in Chatham’s lineup, batting second against Orleans.

Cotuit Players To Watch

Jarren Advincula is toward the top of the CCBL in nearly every offensive category. Advincula leads the league in hits (22), batting average (.449), ranks second in OBP (.419) and fourth (1.001) in OPS. He’s also struck out just two times in 46 at-bats for the Kettleers. The infielder is coming off a stellar spring with California, in which he earned All-Pac 12 First-Team honors.

Advincula may be Cotuit’s most well-rounded hitter, but Brandon Compton has driven in the most runs for the Kettleers (12). Each of Compton’s 15 hits this season have either gone for a single (12) or a home run (three). Compton was a standout at Arizona State this spring as a redshirt freshman. He was third on the Sun Devils with a .354 batting average and produced 67 hits.

Number To Know: 16

Alongside Brewster and Y-D, Cotuit has hit the most home runs in the league with 16.

The Kettleers power can cause Chatham problems. Four different players have hit multiple homers this season. Led by Tanner Thach with four, Compton has three while Grant Jay and Nolan Nawrocki each have two. Chatham currently sits in the middle of the pack with 11 homers.

Last Time They Played

In the first meeting of the season, Cotuit defeated Chatham 4-1 on June 23. Austin Overn instantly put the Anglers in front with a leadoff home run on the first pitch of the game. But Chatham’s offense went scoreless the next eight innings while its last 15 batters were retired in order.

A throwing error from Kyson Witherspoon allowed Cotuit to tie the game in the bottom of the first. The Ketleers didn’t strike again until the seventh frame when Thach hammered a three-run blast, putting Cotuit in front for good.