story by Steve McCarthy
July 12, 2010
COTUIT – Hyannis Harbor Hawks second baseman A.J. Petterson (Minnesota) had driven in just one run entering Monday’s game against the Cotuit Kettleers. He added three more RBIs to his credit as Hyannis beat Cotuit 4-2 at Lowell Park.
“I’ve been focusing lately on trying to stay with my same approach with runners in scoring position, because sometimes I get a little outside of myself and try to do too much,” Petterson said. “I let the ball get in deeper a little bit today and lucky enough I got a couple of hits to right field.”
The win kept the Harbor Hawks from going down 0-3 in the season series with their Western Division rivals. Two of the three remaining games between the teams will be played at Hyannis’ McKeon Park.
“They take pride in that Patriot Cup,” Petterson said. “It’s good to still have a chance to win it this year.”
Hyannis (11-14) advanced into a tie with Falmouth for third place in the division. Cotuit (11-12-2) remains in second behind Bourne.
Neither starting pitcher made it through the fifth inning, but timely hitting and an effective bullpen gave Hyannis the edge. The Harbor Hawks were able to build on an early 1-0 advantage, while Cotuit scored both of its runs in one inning.
Jose Mata (1-0, South Carolina) hurled four shutout innings to earn the win in relief in just his second Cape League appearance since winning the National Championship with the Gamecocks. He spelled starter Matteo D’Angelo (Winthrop). Mata and closer Dallas Gallant (Sam Houston) combined to allow just two hits in the second half of the game. Gallant earned the save (7).
“It’s definitely important to have that good bullpen,” Petterson said. “The starters usually can’t throw more than five or six innings, so to have guys in the seventh and eighth and then Dallas to come in in the ninth to shut it down is definitely nice.”
After a pair of quick innings, Petterson’s RBI single in the third plated leadoff hitter John Ruettiger (Arizona St.) from second. Ruettiger singled and advanced on a throwing error by Cotuit starting pitcher A.J. Achter (Michigan St.).
“(Ruettiger) is a great hitter,” Petterson said. “He’s also very fast, which is nice because I can take a pitch and maybe he’ll get over to second base and then I’ve got a guy in scoring position right away.”
Achter left two baserunners aboard for Cotuit reliever Matt Andriese (UC-Riverside) in the fifth inning, which both scored on Petterson’s base hit down the right field line. Achter took the loss in four-plus innings of work. Two of the three runs were earned.
The Kettleers made it a 3-2 ballgame in the home half of the fifth by stringing three hits together followed by a sacrifice-fly. James McCann (Arkansas) roped an RBI double down into the left field corner and Michael Yastrzemski (Vanderbilt) got enough air under his one-out fly to left to bring McCann in from third.
Cotuit trotted out Austin Dicharry (Texas) in the seventh inning for a nightmarish Cape League debut. Dicharry threw his first pitch up and in and beaned Hyannis’ Zach Osborne (Tennessee) with the second. That was all of Dicharry the Harbor Hawks would see. Osborne moved over to third on Ruettiger’s single and scored on a wild pitch by Cotuit closer Ryan Duke (Oklahoma).
Petterson, Ruettiger, and Jeff Lusardi (Missouri) each had two hits of Hyannis’ seven total. Levi Hyams (Georgia) and Deven Marrero (Arizona St.) went 2-for-4 for Cotuit.
Cotuit has an off day Tuesday before finishing a three game home stand on Wednesday against Wareham.