By Jessica Isner, Staff Writer
August 5, 2007
COTUIT, MA — The Cotuit Kettleers concluded their season series against crosstown rival Hyannis on Sunday afternoon; unfortunately, they couldn’t pull out a win in their second consecutive extra innings game and fell, 6-5, to the Mets.
Last night at Hyannis, the Kettleers took a 5-3 lead late into the game but the Mets came back to tie it and the game was called after 10 innings.
Starting pitchers Chris Fetter and Austin Hudson came into the game with very similar numbers. Fetter, coming off of a seven-inning, no-run performance against Falmouth last Monday, couldn’t exactly replicate his previous effort; he went four and a third innings, giving up five runs on six hits with three walks an a strikeout. His opponent was Austin Hudson of Central Florida, who was only slightly better: he lasted six and a third innings and gave up five runs.
The Mets struck first in the top of the second, after they were able to load the bases, sandwiching a flyout. Then, leadoff man David Macias singled Patrick Long home to put Hyannis up, 1-0.
But the Kettleers weren’t far behind. After Ryne White popped out to lead off the bottom of the fourth, Caleb Joseph singled to left and was driven in when Aaron Baker hit a bomb to right field, putting Cotuit ahead, 2-1. Tony Delmonico kept the rally going with a one-out walk, and after Brian Wilson struck out, Jonathan Pigott walked. Delmonico came around on a single to left center by Correy Figueroa. Reese Havens walked to load the bases with two outs before Josh Harrison ended the inning with a lineout to the second baseman. The Kettleers sent nine men to the plate in the inning.
Unfortunately, the Mets weren’t far behind. They led off the fifth with a single by Macias, then Shea Robin reached on an error by centerfielder Jonathan Pigott. Shane Petersen loaded the bases with a walk and they all came home on a grand slam by James Darnell to put Hyannis up, 5-3. Fetter got the next man out but walked Patrick Long and was finally chased from the game on a double by Kiko Vasquez. Jordan Meaker came in to get a double play to end the inning.
Brian Wilson, as the designated hitter, contributed some offense in the sixth with a solo home run to bring Cotuit back within a run. It was his first home run of the season. Then, in the seventh, Cotuit came back to knot the game at five when Havens worked a leadoff walk and eventually came around to score on a sacrifice bunt by Caleb Joseph. The tying run came against reliever Stephen Perrey.
After the tie remained unbroken through regulation, the game went into extra innings. Kiko Vasquez was the first batter to face Rex Brothers in the tenth and sent a bomb over the left field fence to give his team the 6-5 lead.
The Kettleers have two remaining games in the 2007 season, Tuesday at Yarmouth-Dennis and Wednesday at home against the Red Sox.