Cotuit Kettleers Game Recaps
pulls away in eighth inning to beat Cotuit, 7-3
Story by Steve McCarthy
June 30, 2009
SOUTH YARMOUTH -
The only favorable bounce that the Cotuit Kettleers
received Tuesday was the one Zach Cone’s three run
home run took off the top of the left field fence.
That seventh inning shot provided all of Cotuit’s
scoring for the game, while the Yarmouth-Dennis Red
Sox widened the scoring margin in the eighth inning
and won 7-3 at Red Wilson Field.
The Red Sox, leading 4-3, scored three runs in their
final at bat, thanks in part to a collision between
Y-D’s Blake Kelso (Houston) and Cotuit first
baseman Chris Bisson (Kentucky) on an attempt to
catch Kelso off base after a single to right field.
The Kettleers questioned the play as interference by
the base runner that allowed the throw in to escape
out of play, but Kelso was awarded third base and a
run scored on the play. Kelso scored two batters
later on a fielder’s choice, and Jonathan Jones
(Long Beach St.) came in on a sac-fly.
“We just got into both of each other’s way,
trying to get out of each other’s way but we ended
up going the same way,” Bisson described.
The lead was plenty for Y-D reliever Tyler Burgoon
(Michigan) to work with. He pitched the final inning
and two-thirds and did not allow a run. The Red Sox
are now 9-7-0 heading into a re-match with the 7-6-1
Kettleers in Cotuit on Wednesday.
“We’re our own enemy right now,” Cotuit
manager Mike Roberts said of an anemic offensive
output by the Kettleers. “We’re creating the
situations that are very difficult for us.”
2008 Kettleer and recently added Y-D starting
pitcher Mario Hollands (1-0, UCSB) earned the win in
his first appearance of 2009. He was relieved by
Seth Simmons (East Carolina) with two outs in the
seventh inning, and was responsible for two of the
runs that crossed on Cone’s first home run of the
season, off of Simmons.
“(Hollands) wanted to come back to Cotuit, but at
the time when we were talking to him last week we
didn’t have a spot,” Roberts said. “Then the
league expanded the rosters, and we didn’t know
they were going to do that.”
Craig Fritsch (Baylor) made his first start for
Cotuit, stepping in for scheduled starter Chris
Dwyer (Clemson) who was reportedly in Kansas City
meeting with the Royals, who selected him in the
fourth round of the 2009 MLB Draft.
Fritsch (0-1), who pitched for Y-D in 2008, took the
loss in his fourth appearance for the Kettleers. He
allowed Y-D to jump out to an early 4-0 lead in the
first three innings, before settling down and
finished with a five-inning outing. He allowed eight
hits and struck out one, also walked a batter and
hit a batter.
“We were a pitcher short, and Craig did it on one
day’s rest, but I thought he did a pretty good
job,” Roberts said.
Y-D scored a run in each of the first two innings,
sparked by three extra-base hits. Mickey Wiswall
(Boston College) hit a two-run homer in the third
The Red Sox doubled Cotuit’s hit total with 12,
led by Jones who went 3-for-5 with a double and two
singles. He reached base in four of his five plate
appearances and scored twice. Austin Wates (Virginia
Tech) legged out a triple in the first inning.
Cotuit’s Chris Bisson reached base in each of his
three at bats. The speedy infielder beat two throws
to first, and had Cotuit’s only stolen base in the
“Coach is just saying ‘swing the bat, swing the
bat, swing the bat’, and I’ve gotten a couple of
walks,” Bisson said. “But I usually just try to
get on base, and just hustle.”
Matt Grace (UCLA) allowed two hits in an inning and
two-thirds of relief for the Kettleers. Frequently
utilized submariner Ben Rowen (Virginia Tech) struck
out Y-D’s Daniel Butler (Arizona) for the third
out in the seventh inning before Y-D’s eighth
Wednesday’s make-up game of a June 22 rain-out at
Lowell Park is scheduled for 5 p.m.