The Cotuit Kettleers withstood a late-inning surge from visiting Hyannis to hang on for a one-run win in a key East Division showdown.
Hosting the Harbor Hawks at Lowell Park on Monday, July 1, Cotuit watched as Hyannis pieced together a five-run eighth inning but it still wasn't enough to score the road upset. The Kettleers put up three late-inning runs to cling to a 9-8 win and keep pace with West Division-leading Wareham.
Parker Chavers (Coastal Carolina) provided the spark to Cotuit's offense, going 1-for-4 with three RBI, one run score and a three-run blast deep into the woods beyond the right field fence. Chavers' round-tripper was part of a four-run bottom of the fourth that started with Hyannis leading 1-0 and ended with Cotuit holding a 4-1 advantage.
Casey Schmitt (San Diego State) added a two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh to give Cotuit an 8-3 advantage. He went 2-for-4 on the day with two runs score and three runs batted in, including an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth.
Oraj Anu (Kentucky) also got in on the home run party, sending a solo blast out of the park in the bottom of the eight in what proved to be the game's winning run in response to Hyannis tying the game, 8-8, in the top half of the frame.
Bo Hofstra (Purdue) earned the win despite allowing three earned runs on three hits and a walk in two innings of work. Zachary McCambley (Coastal Carolina) had his longest outing on the Cape this season, going five innings and scattering five hits for one earned run while striking out three and walking none. Although he left the game with the lead, he received a no decision after Hyannis later tied the game.
Wareham 1, Cotuit 0
The Gatemen scratched across a run in the bottom seventh in what would be the only run scored in a game between the top two teams in the West Division.
Hosting the Kettleers at Spillane Field on Sunday, June 30, Wareham’s Benjamin Sims scored Jacob Teter (Florida Southern) from third on a sacrifice fly for the eventual game-winning run. Teter slapped a lead-off single, advanced to second on Adrian Del Castillo’s (Miami) single and took third on a sacrifice fly from Matt McLain (UCLA) to set up Sims for the late-game heroics.
Cotuit went 0-for-6 over the last two innings as the loss marked the second-straight time the Kettleers have lost to the Gatemen. In those games, Wareham has outscored Cotuit, 7-0.
Ian Bedell (Missouri) and Trent Palmer (Jacksonville) combined to allow three hits for Wareham, with Palmer pitching the final four innings to pick up the win. Cotuit nearly went pitch-for-pitch with the Gatemen, as Jackson Wolf (West Virginia) threw five four-hit innings of scoreless baseball. Matthew Mervis (Duke) pitched the last three innings and allowed two hits and one earned runs as he took the hard-luck loss.
Cotuit second baseman Nick Gonzales (New Mexico State) extended his hitting streak to seven games with a single to left field in the top of the sixth inning. Adam Oviedo (TCU) and Cotuit-native Cody Pasic (Maine) also had singles.
The Kettleers (8-7-2, 18 points) hosts West Division rival Bourne on Tuesday, July 2 at Lowell Park at 5 PM.