A day after losing an early two-run home lead, the Cotuit Kettleers went on the road for the first time this season and routed the Hyannis Harbor Hawks, 11-0, on Wednesday, June 12, at McKeon Park.
Four pitchers combined to allow just two hits to the home team, and walked one while hitting one batter. Sean Sullivan (California) paced the pitching staff for Cotuit, pitching the first four innings and allowing one hit and striking out six while facing just one of the minimum.
Although he didn’t get the win, he gave way to Joey Walsh (Plymouth, Boston College), who picked up where Sullivan left off, hurling two innings of hitless baseball to earn the win.
The lineup gained some momentum in the third inning when Cameron Hill (Kentucky) scored on a wild pitch with the bases loaded for the 1-0 advantage. Cotuit tacked on four runs the following inning and three more in the fifth to take a commanding 8-0 lead.
Oraj Anu (Kentucky) went 2-for-5 with a solo homer, driving in three runs and scoring twice. Mason Dodd (Belmont Abbey) went 3-for-5 and also belted his first home run of the season, a two-run shot, and added a double. Cody Pasic, a hometown kid from Cotuit who attends Maine Orono, made his first appearance of the year and produced. He went 2-for-3 at the dish and drove in two runs.
Chatham 7, Cotuit 6
In a game that was shortened due to darkness, the Kettleers allowed five runs to score over the final inning to see what was a 4-2 lead evaporate against the defending East Division champion Anglers on Tuesday, June 11, at Lowell Park.
Cotuit needed three pitchers to get three outs in the top of the seventh inning, a frame that the home entered holding a 4-2 advantage. Chatham sent 10 batters to plate, scoring four runs, including a two-run double from Kaden Polcovich (Oklahoma State) that tied the game at four apiece. Jamal O’Guinn II (Southern Cal) doubled in Polcovich and Adan Fernandez (Florida International) walked with the bases loaded to give the visitors a 6-4 lead.
In the bottom half of the inning, Casey Schmitt (San Diego State) lined a single to left that plated two runners that tied the game, 6-6. But Chatham had one more run left in it, and O’Guinn II walked home the game-winning run with the bases loaded and two outs.
Cotuit jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Schmitt (1-for-3, three RBI) and Anu pieced together back-to-back RBI-singles after Hill led off the inning with a single to left field. The home team doubled its advantage an inning later, when Nick Gonzales (1-for-2, three runs, two RBI, two walks), a 2019 All-American selection from New Mexico State, belted a two-run blast on a 2-2 pitch.
Cotuit 4, Yarmouth-Dennis 3
In his second year on the Cape, shortstop Adam Oviedo (TCU) wasted little time in picking up where he left off at Lowell Park.
With two outs and two on in the bottom of the seventh, Oviedo plated the game-tying and game-winning runs with a single as the Kettleers opened the 2019 Cape Cod Baseball League campaign with a 4-3 win against the visiting Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox on Monday, June 10.
That was plenty of run support for Cotuit closer Kyle Nicolas (Ball State), who pitched two perfect innings to preserve the one-run lead and record the save. He struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth, with his fastball touching 98 miles per hour on the radar gun.
Both teams traded scoreless frames through the first three innings, as Cotuit starter Christopher Farrell (William & Mary) allowed one earned run on one hit and two walks, while fanning five in 4.1 innings of work. Despite the strong start on Opening Day, Farrell earned a no-decision. Bo Hofstra (Purdue) picked up the win in short work, recording the final out in the top of the seventh, facing just two batters in the process.
After Y-D took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning, the Kettleers answered back with two runs in the bottom half of the frame to take the lead. Schmitt led off the inning with a single before advancing to second on a wild pitch. GeonHyoung Kim (Boise State) then singled before moving to second on Hill’s sacrifice ground out, that also scored Schmitt from third. Kim reached home one batter later when Y-D’s John Beller balked.
The Red Sox retook the lead in the top of the seventh, plating two runs to grab a 3-2 lead that was short-lived.
Cotuit (2-1, 4 points) travels to Brewster to meet the Whitecaps at Stony Brook Field for a 5 PM showdown today