The Kettleers Go On Hitting Binge at Home Vs. The Orleans Cardinals
By Megan Kerr
June 21, 2006
COTUIT, MA — It was a tightly contested contest for most of the game, but Cotuit’s bats exploded in the bottom of the eighth inning for a seventeen to one trouncing of the Orleans Cardinals, which allowed them to remain undefeated at Lowell Park . The beginning of the game started out promising for the Cardinals as they struck first in the second inning against Cotuit starting pitcher Shane Mathews ( East Carolina , 2 BB, 3 K, 3 H). Joe Dunigan ( Oklahoma , 0 for 4) reached base on an error by the shortstop Tony Delmonico ( Tennessee , 3 for 5, 2 RBI) and then scored on Joe Mahoney’s ( Richmond , 1 for 4, 1 RBI) single. This was the only run that the Cardinals were able to score though, as Mathews stifled their attack for the next four innings, allowing his offence to regain the lead for him, which gave him his first victory of the season.
Cotuit didn’t take long to counter the run scored by Orleans as they responded right away in the bottom of the inning by scoring two runs off of David Coulon ( Arizona , 2 BB, 4 K, 5 H) to give the Kettleers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Delmonico singled with one out and then Sean Gaston (Notre Dame, 4 for 4, 2 RBI) doubled to bring him in for the tying run. Reese Havens (South Carolina, 3 for 5, 6 RBI), who in his first game playing for the Kettleers had a great day at the plate, singled for his first RBI and the deciding run of the game. In the third, Gaston added another run for the Kettleers with his second double in the game to bring in Kellen Kulbacki (James Madison, 2 for 4). After the third inning, it appeared that the game was going to be a low scoring affair due to the solid pitching by both teams, but the Orleans pitchers lost control in the eighth inning, leading to an offensive explosion on the part of the Kettleers to turn what had been a close game into a blow-out.
The eighth inning saw three Cardinals pitchers face seventeen Cotuit batters, who had thirteen hits and fourteen runs in just this one inning. Reese Havens actions at the plate made quite a statement to the home crowd in his Cape Cod debut as in the eighth inning alone he hit two homeruns to give him five RBI’s for the inning and six for the game. Cotuit bats were again explosive at their home park where they remain undefeated for the season, but tomorrow they leave the comfy confines of Lowell Park to visit the Bourne Braves where the Kettleers hope to keep their hot hitting going.