Face Full Of Dirt, Worth It

Cotuit shortstop Ryan Ritter dives safely into home plate to score a run for the Kettleers against Falmouth on Monday night.

It all came down to the seventh inning between two undefeated squads on Tuesday night, June 14 at Lowell Park. Knotted up at 3-3 at the start of the inning, the Bourne Braves rallied to take the lead with a single run in the top half of the frame. However, the red-hot Cotuit Kettleers answered with three in their half of the inning and made that two-run lead stand up to the last out in a 6-4 win at home.

Bourne pushed ahead in the seventh, thanks to an RBI single by John Peck (Pepperdine) with two down. Ryan Proto (UMass-Lowell) scored the go-ahead run as the Barnstable native walked on five pitches, with one away, stole second and rode home on Peck’s knock, temporarily putting the Braves on top.

Cotuit answered with a three pack of runs in their half of the inning. Chandler Simpson (Georgia Tech) got things going with an infield hit, and he advanced to second on an error. Brooks Baldwin (NC Wilmington) followed with a bunt hit to put men on the corners for Graham Pauley, who did his job to get the tying run home by hitting a fielder’s choice to the right side.

By striking out the next batter, the Braves were an out away from escaping the inning with a tie, but Victor Scott had something to say about that. Scott unloaded on the second pitch he saw, bombing a homer over the wall to put the Kettleers ahead for the first time in the game. They went on to hold that advantage until the end.

William Privette (Charleston) earned the win on the hill for the Kettleers on the strength of two innings. of work. He allowed the first earned run of the season by a Kettleer in the top of the seventh but worked a shutout eighth. TJ Brock (Ohio State) picked up the save. Brock struck out two of the three batters that he faced in his first closing job of the year for the Ketts.

Cotuit’s pitching staff’s streak of shutout innings to start the season ended at 21 and one-third innings. Tyler Bosma (Kentucky) surrendered three runs to the Braves in the top of the fourth inning, which was his last frame of the day.

Like Cotuit, Bourne used four pitchers in the game. Reliever Reed Mascolo (Wake Forest) was tagged with the loss. He gave up the three runs in the seventh inning to Cotuit and worked a total of 1.2 innings in the game. Mascolo was touched up for three runs on three hits and a walk with one strikeout. Nigel Belgrave (Maryland) pitched the last inning for Bourne, allowing one hit and one walk, but no runs.

Simpson (Georgia Tech), the leadoff man for Cotuit, remained red hot at the plate to start the season, upping his average to .571. Simpson went 2-for-3 in the game with two bases on balls, one run scored and had two steals.

Jack Duffy (Houston) had two hits for Bourne, his second multi-hit game of the year already. Proto, playing in front of his hometown fans, also had his first two hits of the year and drove in a pair.

Kettleers 4, Falmouth 0

Two Cotuit pitchers combined to shut down the Falmouth bats on Monday, June 13, at Fuller Field. Harrison Cohen (George Washington) threw five excellent innings in a starting role, allowing just two hits and no walks, with a pair of strikeouts. Cohen picked up the win in his season debut. Sidewinder Jackson Kelley (Mercer) came on to confound the Dores over the last four innings with a delivery that came from belt level. He struck out seven in four innings of work, allowing two hits and no walks. Cohen and Kelley increased Cotuit’s dominant pitching start to the season by increasing their shutout streak to 18 consecutive innings.

Falmouth matched Cotuit zero for zero over the first four frames, but the Kettleers finally broke through to take the lead in the fifth with a pair of runs. After a leadoff walk to Ryan Ritter (Kentucky), Chandler Simpson (Georgia Tech) singled to left, with the ball skipping by the left fielder and allowing Ritter to scurry home with the game’s first run. Simpson made it to third on the play and then scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Brooks Baldwin (NC Wilmington).

Justin Miknis (Kent State) added to the lead with a towering home run over the left field wall in the seventh inning to make it 3-0. A balk in the eighth inning allowed Graham Pauley (Duke), who led the inning off with a double, to score the final run of the game.

Ben Hess (Alabama) worked the first three innings of the game for Falmouth. He allowed two hits and two walks with five strikeouts and no runs allowed. The three relievers who followed all went two innings and gave up at least a run apiece.

Kettleers 5, Chatham 0

Everyone that Manager Mike Roberts put out on the mound on opening night was able to put up zeroes on the scoreboard as four hurlers combined to shutout Chatham on the road in the first game on the season on June 12. Kade Morris (Reno), Isaiah Coupet (Ohio State), Ethan Chenault (NC Wilmington) and William Privette (Charleston) combined on a four-hit shutout to top the Anglers in Chatham.

Morris battled over his 4.1 innings of work, working around four walks and three hits to keep Chatham scoreless. Coupet gave up just one hit over his two innings of work while Chenault and Privette both denied Chatham any knocks.

A three-run second inning gave Cotuit all of the runs it would ultimately need. Caleb Lomavita (Cal-Berkeley) singled to lead the inning off and later scored on a sac fly off the bat of Kade Kern (Ohio State). A few batters later, Peyton Williams (Iowa) smacked a 2-1 pitch out of the park and onto the hill behind the outfield fence to make it 3-0 in favor of Cotuit.

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