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Game 19 Preview: Chatham vs. Harwich

by Zak Wolf
Sunday, July 07, 2024

Game 19 Preview: Chatham vs. Harwich
Chatham had the chance to produce just its second five-game win streak in the past 10 years against Falmouth. Yet, the Anglers fell to the Commodores 4-3 on the road Saturday.

A pitcher’s duel ensued for the first five innings with Liam Paddack (Gonzaga) and Gage Wood combining for 9.1 scoreless innings and 17 strikeouts. Chatham got on the board in the sixth inning when it plated three runs. But disaster struck in the bottom of the frame.

Garrett Payne loaded the bases before letting up a grand slam to Gavin Turley, which put the Anglers behind for good.

Now, Chatham turns its attention to East Division rival Harwich. The Anglers fell to the Mariners on the road earlier in the season but will face them at Veterans Field for the first time this summer.

Here’s everything to know ahead of Chatham’s (9-9, East) matchup with Harwich (9-9, East) Sunday night:

Probable Pitchers


For the second time this summer, Karson Ligon (Mississippi State) will start on the bump for Chatham. Ligon dominated in his previous start against Brewster on July 2. He threw 4.1 innings and allowed just one earned run, which came on a wild pitch. Ligon struck out three while holding Brewster to four hits total.

In three appearances for Chatham, Ligon has accumulated a 1.23 ERA. In 7.1 innings, opponents have registered a .333 batting average against the righty. But Ligon has done a good job of limiting damage when he’s run into trouble on the mound.

Harwich will send Olin Johnson to the mound for his first start of the summer. Johnson has made one appearence so far where he allowed two hits and three runs in only 1.1 innings. The righty is coming off a freshman season with North Carolin where he made seven appearences and started six games. During his time with the Tar Heels, he accumulated a 4.96 ERA in 16.1 innings.

Chatham Players To Watch


Arquette recorded his third RBI in two games against Falmouth. On Friday, Arquette blasted a two-run homer in the first inning, putting Chatham ahead for good. Saturday, his base hit during the six inning drove in Bay to make it 3-0 Chatham. Arquette has been a consistent source of offense in Chatham’s lineup throughout the summer. He leads the Anglers in batting average (.316) and RBIs (12). Arquette also provides elite defense for Chatham at shortstop or third base.

Titan Hayes (Austin Peay) has been Chatham’s marquee arm out of the bullpen this summer. He leads the A’s in saves with three, including recording the final five outs against Brewster on July 2. In 5.2 innings, Hayes has yet to allow a run while fanning 10 batters. If Chatham is leading in a close game down the stretch, expect Hayes to see some action.

Harwich Players To Watch


Michael Anderson has been the best hitter in the CCBL this season, leading the league in a litany of offensive categories. Anderson is second in the Cape League in OPS (1.051), fourth in RBIs (16) and sixth in hits (19). In Chatham’s first matchup with Harwich, Anderson was not in the Mariners’ lineup. The first baseman is coming off a season where he hit 13 home runs with Rhode Island as a freshman and drove in 41 runs. Anderson recently transferred to Arkansas for the upcoming season.

Jake Ogden is Harwich’s second most proficient hitter. Ogden’s 16 hits and 11 RBIs both are second among Harwich players — ranking only behind Anderson. During this spring with UNC Greensboro, Ogden batted .313 with a .867 OPS. He helped the Spartans win a Southern Conference regular-season championship.

Number To Know: 181


Strikeouts continue to be a problem for Chatham hitters. The Anglers now lead the CCBL with 181 strikeouts. The Anglers struck out 12 times against Wareham, including nine in five innings facing Wood. So far this summer, nine Chatham players have struck out at least 10 times, including Ike Irish (Auburn) and Luke Cantwell (Pittsburgh), who have 22 and 20, respectively.

Meanwhile, Harwich’s strikeout totals are toward the bottom of the league. The Mariners have been K’d 151 times this summer, which is the second-fewest in the Cape League.

Last Time They Played


Chatham dropped to 4-5 on the season, falling to Harwich 4-2 on June 24. The Anglers struggled to produce offense off of starter Ryan DeSanto. The lefty tossed 5.1 innings, allowing just one earned run on four hits.

The Mariners took the lead with an RBI single from Ryan Weingartner in the third inning. Cam Maldonado made it 2-0 in the fifth before Weingartner blasted a two-run homer to double Harwich’s lead. Chatham got on the board in the sixth inning and added another in the ninth, but its comeback fell short.