The fans and players of the Cotuit Kettleers left Lowell Park on Wednesday, June 26 with a bitter taste in their mouths.
Hosting the East Division’s Orleans Firebirds, Cotuit saw the visitors erase a 3-0 lead in the top of the seventh as the game ended in a 3-3 tie after the ninth inning due to darkness.
Orleans sent seven batters to plate in the seventh as two came home to score on Zach Daniel’s (Tennessee) two-RBI triple, followed by Zach Kokoska’s (Kansas State) sacrifice fly that knotted the game at three apiece. Following a scoreless eighth inning and the sun quickly disappearing behind the treeline, Cotuit had the winning run in scoring position before Christian Robinson (Stanford) struck out to end the threat, the inning and, ultimately, the game.
Parker Chavers (Coastal Carolina) plated Nick Gonzales (New Mexico State), who doubled to lead off the bottom of the fourth, with a double play fielder’s choice that Chavers beat out at first base.
Two innings later the Kettleers padded their lead when Oraj Anu (Kentucky) cleared the bases with a two-RBI triple, scoring Gonzales and Casey Schmitt (San Diego State), giving the home team a 3-0 advantage.
Chatham 4, Cotuit 2
Three late-inning runs spoiled a potential road win for the Kettleers on Monday, June 24.
Visiting Veterans Field in Chatham, Cotuit gave up a run in the bottom of the sixth and two more in the bottom of seventh that broke up a 1-1 tie before ultimately losing, 4-2
Left-handed starter Jackson Wolf (West Virginia) pitched well despite picking up the loss, going 5.2 innings and allowing two earned runs on three hits and one walk while fanning seven. Richard Brereton, a righty from Emory, finished out the game pitching the final 2.1 innings and allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. Brereton also struck out four Anglers in that span.
The Kettleers jumped out in front in the top of the first inning, staking Wolf to a 1-0 lead when Robinson scored on a sacrifice fly from Coltyn Kessler (Kentucky). Robinson finished the game with a 2-for-4 performance from the lead-off spot, including a double.
Chatham responded with a run of its own in the bottom of the second when Kaden Polcovich (Oklahoma State) blasted a lead-off homer to knot the game at one apiece. The score remained in a 1-1 deadlock until the bottom of the sixth as Chatham’s Jamal O’Guinn II (Southern Cal) hit a solo home run of his own to give the Anglers a 2-1 advantage. The home team added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh to stake themselves to a 4-1 lead.
Cotuit (6-5-2, 14 points) travels to Eldredge Park today, Friday, June 28, to meet Orleans again at 7 PM. The Kettleers return home tomorrow, Saturday, June 29, to meet Wareham for a 5 PM start at Lowell Park.