By Katie Vieth
June 19, 2004
COTUIT – Coming off a close win — done in true Kettleer style — the team turned its sights to the first Brewster Whitecaps game of the year. Both teams had records of 1-1 when the game began at 5:00 p.m.
Almost immediately, it seemed as if we were watching the pitchers ‘ duel from the previous game. Casey Hudspeth (0-0) pitched seven innings, gave up two runs, and struck out a staggering eleven. Matt Goyen (0-0) of Brewster pitched six innings with only two hits, one walk, and six strikeouts.
It was scoreless until the seventh inning. Hudspeth gave up his only walk to Andy Hunter (1-3), leading off for Brewster in the top of the inning. The six-foot pitcher would then throw two conescutive strikeouts to Craig Cooper (1-4) and Brian Jarosinski (2-4).
And then Ben Zeskind stepped to the plate.
Zeskind fouled the first pitch off, then wiffed at the second, but would work the count to 2-2 before hitting the ball … over the right-field fence, scoring Jarosinski. Hudspeth would strike out Ryan Roberson for the third time that day, but the damage was done. 2-0, Brewster.
The next inning, Ryan Cahalan (1-0) pitched and faced only four batters. But the rally would begin again in the ninth inning with the first four batters faced hitting singles. The first seven batters would reach at least first base. After landing a single (and advancing to second on the throw to the plate), Craig Cooper would touch home on a Jarosinski single. Jarosinski would then score after being advanced by a single, walk, and another single preformed by Ben Zeskind (2-4), Ryan Roberson (0-3), and J. B. Tucker (1-4), respectively. 0-4 Brewster.
The bottom of the ninth would yield none for the maroon … Two ground outs, a walk, and a strikeout does not a run make. Or a winning game.
Notables for the game for Cotuit were Casey Hudspeth and his previously mentioned eleven strikeouts and Dennis Diaz’s (2-3) single to left, allowing Nathan Southard (1-3) be one of only two Kettleers to safely reach third (the other was Diaz). Brewster’s notables included Ben Zeskind and his rallying home run, and Andy Hunter whose only hit of the game started a ninth-inning merry-go-round.