Cotuit Snaps Three-Game Skid With Big Win Over Mets
By Megan Kerr, Asst. Web Editor
July 18, 2005
HYANNIS, MA — Josh Johnson (Mississippi St, 7 Ks, 1 BB) pitched brilliantly, taking control of the game from the very beginning as he allowed only one run to in an effort to snap Cotuit’s three-game losing streak in a 7-1 win over cross-town rival Hyannis.
Johnson threw 107 pitches in his seven innings, only facing serious trouble in the second inning when he allowed the Mets to tie the game up at 1-1. After that, the Kettleers seized control of the game as their bats came to life, giving Johnson his team-leading third victory of the season.
Brad Boyer (Arizona, 3-5 batting, 2 RBI) jump-started the Kettleers as he hit a lead-off home run, his first of the season, against losing pitcher Adrian Alaniz (Texas, 3 Ks, 2 BBs) to give Cotuit a 1-0 lead.
The Mets responded in the second inning as Mark McGonigle (Houston, 1-3, RBI) singled to bring in the tying run, which was his sixth RBI of the season. After this inning though, the Hyannis attack fizzled, allowing Cotuit to take right back the momentum in the third inning.
Michael Hollander (LSU, 2-4 batting) hit his team-leading fifth double of the season to start the third inning off for the Kettlers, and he was quickly brought in off of the game-winning RBI by Todd Davison (Delaware, 1-4 batting, RBI), who continued his hot hitting. Bryan Harris (Cal State Fullerton, 2-4 batting, RBI) also sustained his clutch hitting as he singled and drove in his 20th RBI of the season.
The third run of the inning was then added when Harris stole second base, and because no one was covering second, the throw from the catcher went into the outfield, allowing Harris to score to give the Kettleers a comfortable four to one lead.
Cotuit continued to add to its lead as Devin Thomas (Brown, 1-3 batting, 2 RBI) doubled in two more runs in the fifth, which made it very unlikely that the Kettleers would fall to any comeback attempted by the Mets. Nathan Culp (Missouri) and Derik Olvey (Notre Dame) closed out the game for the Kettleers, giving Cotuit a much needed win that pushed them over the .500 mark on the season. Hopefully this is a sign that the Kettleers are ready to go on a winning streak as they look to move up in the standings.