YARMOUTH – Sometimes in baseball, everything clicks. The starter has his best stuff, the hits come with continuity, and the defense does its job.Today was certainly one of those days for Cotuit, as the Kettleers defeated the Y-D Red Sox at Red Wilson Field 8-2. Cotuit starter Chris Beck (Georgia Southern) hurled seven stout innings and his college teammate Victor Roache (Georgia Southern) led the offensive charge cranking his fifth homerun of the year while driving in four Kettleers.He will never say it out loud, but Chris Beck pitched like the ace of a rotation, allowing a mere four hits, two runs, one earned, while striking out five Red Sox. His fastball dabbled in between 93 and 94 miles per hour until his last pitch of the seventh inning. Red Sox were swinging at air chasing after most of Beck’s fastballs.
Beck had a no hitter through four that was broken up by a Cody Keefer (UCLA) swinging bunt that caused a rushed Stefan Sabol (Oregon) to throw Ryon Healy (Oregon) just barely off of first base.
The modest Beck had a “team first” mindset when asked about his role in the rotation and his day on the mound.
“It’s very humbling. We are all capable of being the ace of the staff. I’m just part of the team. But I felt good. Threw the ball down in the zone all day, kept the change up down; can’t complain about the results.”
Cotuit manager Mike Roberts attributes Chris’ success to his daily effort to improve and his major league attitude.
“The thing that I like about Chris is that he has what I call a professional approach. He is prepared for every start. He works in between starts, and because of that I think he has gotten better every single game. Today was a very tough outing; you are in a smaller ballpark, against a very good team, with the wind blowing out. So I thought he pitched extremely well.”
The beauty of baseball is that no one can do it alone. Victor Roache took care of the offensive side of things by blasting a two run homer off of the scoreboard in left field. The shot scored Alex Yarbrough (Ole Miss) giving Cotuit the early 2-0 lead in the third inning.
Even if fans weren’t looking, all they had to do was hear the crack of Roache’s bat to know that it was going yard.
Roache was itching to take a swing at the first pitch. “It was a first pitch change up that he left up. I was looking for something up, took an aggressive hack at it and it flew out of here.”
The fifth inning is where Cotuit did most of its damage. Cotuit hung five runs on Y-D starter Jack Armstong (Vanderbilt). Micah Johnson jolted the inning to life by slapping a single to left. Kyle Wren (Georgia Tech) then laid down a textbook bunt that the speedy outfielder was able to dig out for a hit. Y-D second baseman Matt Wessinger (St. Johns) couldn’t handle a routine groundball hit by Alex Yarbrough, letting him reach successfully and giving Victor Roache a bases loaded opportunity with no outs. Roache wasn’t at the plate long, as Armstrong’s first pitch caught Roache’s jersey giving him the free pass to first while scoring Johnson. Torsten Boss (Michigan State) then worked a walk to score Wren, putting the score at 4-0. After a Stefan Sabol check swing strike out, a wild pitch got by catcher Derrick Chung (Sacramento State) letting Yarbrough score. Michael Yastrzemski (Vanderbilt) then hit a sac fly to center field that got Roache home safely. Ryon Healy blooped one just out of the diving reach of Red Sox right fielder Stephen Piscotty (Stanford). After Boss crossed the plate on the Healy hit, Armstrong’s day was done.
Y-D’s James Ramsey (Florida State) did hit a homerun off of Beck in the bottom half of the fifth. The ball barely cleared the 350-foot centerfield fence. It probably would not have been a homerun in any other Cape League park.
The “strange but true” day belonged to Alex Yarbrough. Alex reached base four times, none of which were a result of a hit. He got hit on the toe by a pitch in the third, reached on an error in the fifth, walked in the sixth, and struck out on a pitch in the eighth that got by Derrick Chung allowing Yarbrough to scamper to first base safely.
“I don’t think that’s ever happened to me before,” claimed Yarbrough. “I’m stretching my thoughts, but I don’t think that’s ever happened.”
Yarbrough made the most of his time on base, scoring three of the eight Cotuit runs.
Cotuit, now10-13-2, will travel to Bourne for a game at 5:00 on Monday.