By James Middleton | West Chester University
Chatham, MA – For the final time this regular season, the Ketts took on the Chatham Anglers at Veterans Field. Three new pitchers saw action for the Ketts on Tuesday night, as Roberts’ new staff saw minimal luck in their 10-2 loss to the Chatham Anglers.
Joe Whitman (Purdue) started on the hill and struggled early on by allowing two runs in the first inning. One Angler crossed home on an error, while the other scored on a pair of sacrifice flies. Whitman was able to settle down in his second inning with no runs, despite 2 batters reaching base. He was taken out after the second inning with a line of 2 IP, 1 K, 2 R, and 1 ER.
Will Jacobsen (Harvard) would come into the game in the third for the Ketts. He pitched three frames, striking out four while allowing one run. The lead expanded for the Anglers when Noah Short (West Virginia) came in for his first appearance, with his first pitch striking the lead off batter. The next two batters he faced got on with a single to left field and a hit by pitch, loading the bases. With the bases loaded Short got ahead of Anthony Nunez (Tampa), but on the third pitch Short hung a breaking ball and Nunez sent it over the right field wall for a grand slam. The Anglers would take a 7-2 lead with the home run. Roberts kept the right-hander in for two more batters where he would strike out one and walk one before Ryan Bruno (Stanford) came in to make his Cape League debut. Bruno stranded the runner at third with a pop out and strikeout to end the inning.
The Ketts got their only two runs in the fourth after Enrique Bradfield Jr. (Vanderbilt) reached with a single, Carter Trice (NC State) walked and Tyler Johnson (Coastal Carolina) reached with a hit by pitch to load the bases. Sam Ruta (Army) stepped into the box and lined a ball right past the third baseman to score Bradfield. Calvin Harris (Ole Miss) put a ball into left field which brought home Trice. This put Cotuit within one at the time and ended up being their only runs of the game. Cotuit was within one of the Anglers until they put up four runs in the sixth.
Jaylen Paden (Georgia Southern) entered the game in the seventh for Cotuit. Chatham added three more tallies after Paden loaded the bases in the eighth. Two runs came in on sacrifice flies, with another coming home on a hit by pitch for the Anglers.
Hyannis lost 3-1 to Brewster to keep the Ketts just one point behind the Hawks in the West. Cotuit welcomes Hyannis to Lowell Park Wednesday afternoon to decide whether the Ketts take the top spot or if the Hawks maintain their stronghold on the division. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.
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By Joe Pratt | Baylor University