Kettleers Win Second Straight in Shutout Over Falmouth
By Megan Kerr, Asst. Web Editor
July 13, 2005
FALMOUTH, MA — The Cotuit Kettleers (13-10-1) may have made a statement last night at Elmer “Guv” Fuller FIeld, as the team notched its second straight shutout victory in Western Division play, and its second straight win in as many days.
The win came thanks to the strong pitching of Notre Dame’s Jeff Manship (1-2) and a game-winning home run by LSU’s Bryan Harris. The win was Manship’s first Cape League victory and the home run added to Harris’s growing list of RBI at 19.
Manship tossed seven innings of shutout ball, gave up just two hits and walked three. Falmouth’s Dallas Buck (Oregon State, 10 Ks, 0 BBs) was equally impressive, allowing just one hit over seven innings, but that one hit was all that it took to put the Commodores in an early hole. In the second inning, Bryan Harris (Cal State Fullerton, 1-4, HR, RBI) led off the inning with a home run that just made it over the left field fence.
The home run would prove to be the game-winner as the pitching for Cotuit managed their second shut out in a row as they constantly kept the Commodores hitters off-balance.
Manship was only seriously threatened in the fourth inning when he had runners on first and third with only one out. He then proceeded to strike out the next two batters, ending the threat, which was the last one he faced. Even though the pitching wouldn’t need more runs, Cotuit, who has come to like the later innings of the game, added some insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings.
Roberto Lopez (USC, 1-1 batting, RBI), a pinch hitter for J.P Padron (LSU), batted in Todd Davison (Delaware) for the second run of the inning against reliever Chris Krawczyk (SW Missouri St, 2 Ks, 1 BB), who up until this game hadn’t allowed a single earned run. Brad Boyer (Arizona, 1-4 batting, RBI) then supplied the rest of the scoring in the eighth when he doubled in Sean Gaston (Notre Dame) and then reached home on a wild pitch by reliever Steve MacFarland (Lamar, 2 Ks, 1 BB).
Chris Toneguzzi (Purdue, 2 Ks, 0 BB) came on in the ninth, but was not eligible for a save because Cotuit was leading by four runs when he entered the game. Cotuit heads to Orleans tonight (7-14-05).