I was able to take in three games this weekend and was hoping for more, but Mother Nature had other plans and yesterday's doubleheaders were washed out.
After beating Brewster, 1-0, on Thursday, it looked like there was a very good chance the Anglers would lose by that same score the next night when Cotuit's Jackson Klein (Stanford) homered in the seventh inning for the first run of the game. Chatham's offense looked inept against Kettleers starter Austin Sexton (Mississippi State.) In the home half of the 7th, Sexton retired the first batter but then hit a batter and gave up a single - only the second hit he had allowed. Cotuit went to the bullpen and three singles later, capped by a 2-RBI hit by Will Craig (Wake Forest), Chatham had a 4-1 lead and went on to win by that score. Jesse Adams (Boston College) started for Chatham and pitched well, giving up just 4 hits and 2 walks over 6 shutout innings. Adams did not look overpowering, but spotted his fastball well.
The plan for Saturday was to take in the Cotuit at Brewster and Bourne at Chatham games. Big mistake.... unless you are a fan of ugly baseball. The 16-6 final, with Brewster coming out on top, tells you all you need to know about that one. Cotuit starter Duncan Robinson (Dartmouth) gave up 6 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits and a walk, and lasted just 2.1 innings. Things went from bad to worse when Nick Lewis took over and allowed 7 more runs (4 earned) to cross the plate in 1.2 innings. Austin Solecitto (Rice) took over and allowed 3 more runs over the final 2 innings.
Nick Senzel (Tennessee) and Robbie Tenerowicz (California) homered for Brewster. Tenerowicz' shot cleared the scoreboard in leftfield.
4 errors didn't help the Kettleers cause.
The only potential bad news for Brewster on this day came in the third inning when starter Brandon Gold (Georgia Tech) made a pitch and immediately walked toward the dugout, tossing the ball to the catcher. Gold was done for the day. He did not seem right before that, having walked 4 batters in only 2.1 innings and leaving with a 2-0 count on just the twelfth hitter he faced.
Brewster did all their damage over 6 innings. The game was called after the top of the 7th. I left after the 5th inning with the score 12-4 and the temperature having dropped 10 degrees since the game began.
Time to head to the car, grab an extra jacket, and head over to Chatham where I would see a better game than the one I just left. Or not. The Anglers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second but the Braves scored the next 8 runs to walk away with the 8-2 win.
Chatham tried to match Cotuit's ugliness in this one to the tune of 4 errors, and 3 wild pitches. Somehow, when a ball was hit through the legs of the third baseman, a fifth error was not charged. 4 of Bourne's runs were unearned.
Nick Solak (Louisville) had 2 more hits in the game. When Solak joined the Braves on Tuesday, they were 0-6-1. Solak is batting .438 (7-for-16) and he has been a big part of Bourne's 4-game winning streak.
NOTES FROM AROUND THE LEAGUE.... Had I been smart and consulted with my Magic 8 Ball, I would have ended up at Whitehouse Field on Saturday where Hyannis' Devin Smeltzer (Florida Gulf Coast) pitched a no-hitter in a 5-0 win over Harwich. Cavan Biggio (Notre Dame) was the only Mariner to reach base, walking on a 3-2 pitch with two out in the 7th inning. Smeltzer only needed 91 pitches to finish off his masterpiece.... Smeltzer's FGCU and Harbor Hawk teammate Jacob Noll is batting .480 (12-for25) and has 9 RBI in just 7 games.... I was disappointed to see that Cotuit released Stephen Alemais (Tulane.) I enjoy watching good defensive play from the shortstop position and in the games I've seen, Alemais has shown good range, the ability to charge the ball, and make strong accurate throws with a very quick release.... Bryant INF Cole Fabio was released by Harwich on Saturday and signed with Cotuit today.... OF Adam Pate (North Carolina) was also released by Harwich on Saturday and went just a few miles down the road when he signed with Orleans later that day.... In a bit of an oddity, Chatham had an all-Boston College battery on Friday with Nick Sciortino catching Jesse Adams and the Anglers followed that up with an all-Pepperdine duo the next night with A.J. Puckett on the mound and Aaron Barnett behind the plate.... Hyannis ranks first in team batting avg. (.268), team ERA (1.90), team fielding (.968) and stolen bases (28.).... Orleans is 6-0 at Eldredge Park. Brewster is 0-3 away from Stony Brook Field.... The new lights in Chatham are a huge improvement over the 1970's lighting that had been in place at Veterans Field. Still seems strange not to see the fire station beyond the rightfield hill though.... 4 of Wareham's 6 losses have been by one run.... Orleans has hit 10 homeruns. Brewster, Cotuit and Wareham are next closest with 4 each.... The Orleans pitching staff has held opponents to a .171 avg.... Hard to believe we're a quarter of the way into the season already.