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Game 21 Preview: Chatham vs. Yarmouth-Dennis

by Cooper Andrews
Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Game 21 Preview: Chatham vs. Yarmouth-Dennis
Halfway through its 2024 slate, Chatham sits in second place in the CCBL’s East Division courtesy of its 5-2 start to July. A four-game winning streak to start the month helped the Anglers climb from fourth to second in the East, and a walk-off win over Harwich Sunday stamped themselves in the No. 2 spot.

The A’s most recent result, however, was a bump down from their triumph over the Mariners. They fell on the road to Wareham 8-2, lowering their record to .500. The Gatemen took a 6-0 advantage in the third inning via a Sam White grand slam and never looked back.

Up next for the Anglers is a matchup against Yarmouth-Dennis. The Red Sox have been atop the East for most of the summer, holding the second-best overall record in the Cape. Y-D defeated the A’s in the two teams’ previous two matchups this summer.

Here’s what to know before Chatham (10-10, East) battles Yarmouth-Dennis (14-6, East) at Veterans Field Wednesday night:

Probable Starters


The Anglers are sending Jacob Weaver (Austin Peay) out to the mound for the fourth time this season. The right-hander has totaled a 7.00 ERA and four strikeouts across nine innings pitched. Weaver’s record stands at 0-2 as he weathered a pair of tough outings in his first and third starts of the summer. His second start, though, was much stronger. Weaver went 4.1 frames and allowed two earned runs versus Harwich on June 24.

Sean Youngerman, a rising junior at Westmont, will make his fourth start of the summer — the first player on Y-D to garner four starts thus far. He boasts a 4.38 ERA and has struck out 16 batters through 12.1 innings of work, tallying a 1-1 win-loss clip. The righty has issued just three walks, too, showing clear ability to pound the strike zone with success.

Chatham Players To Watch


The Anglers added Caleb Stelly (Louisiana Lafayette) to their roster ahead of Tuesday’s game at Wareham. Stelly, a 6-foot-1 outfielder, enters the Cape League coming off a solid sophomore campaign with the Ragin’ Cajuns. He batted .296, belted a career-high 48 hits and totaled an OPS of .805. Stelly could be a possible candidate to replace Austin Overn (USC) in the outfield once he leaves Chatham for the MLB Draft.

Out of the A’s bullpen, Chance Cox (Austin Peay) is one of their most intriguing names so far this summer. He’s made four appearances, tallied a 2.70 ERA and holds a 1-0 record. Cox has also struck out seven batters and walked three in 6.2 innings of work. His outing Sunday against Harwich was by far his best. He fired three frames of scoreless baseball while striking out four, keeping the Mariners at bay before Chatham stormed back from down seven runs.

Y-D Players To Watch


Yarmouth-Dennis shortstop Wehiwa Aloy is a bonafide stud. He’s torn through the CCBL in 20 games so far. The incoming Arkansas transfer displays elite power at the dish, leading all qualified Cape League players in home runs (eight), RBIs (24), slugging percentage (.662) and OPS (1.019). He leads the Red Sox in nearly every hitting statistic, and will be Chatham’s biggest challenge Wednesday evening.

One stat that Aloy doesn’t lead Y-D in is OBP. That title belongs to Phoenix Call. The UCLA product reaches base at a .389 clip, which ranks 19th in the CCBL. Call’s value in getting on-base to set up a Red Sox team that leads the East in runs scored (108) and homers (21) helps form a potent offense for Yarmouth-Dennis.

Number To Know: 8


July has treated Chatham very well through seven contests. The Anglers have outscored their opponents by eight runs in the month thus far. Before their six-run defeat to the Gatemen, their July run differential sat at +14.

Much of its current run differential spurs from Chatham’s 12-1 win over Orleans on July 3. Even though the drubbing came against the team which sits in last place in the East, the performance was crucial for the A’s to get into a groove offensively. They generated another gaudy night at the plate five days later in their walk-off victory over Harwich, scoring 13 runs.

Last Time They Played


Twelve days after Chatham lost to Yarmouth-Dennis in its 2024 home opener, the Anglers fell again to the Red Sox on the road. Y-D beat Chatham 8-2 on June 28. It was the A’s second loss of a three-game losing skid, which occurred just before their four-game winning streak to begin July.

The Anglers held a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third inning. But that’s when disaster struck. The Red Sox plated a whopping five runs, with most of the production stemming from a three-run homer for Ethan Petry to cap off the dominant frame. Yarmouth-Dennis then scored three more unanswered runs in the seventh to seal the win.