By: Sean Bailey, Writing Intern, Providence College
July 25, 2013
Cotuit 3 Orleans 7
-The loss drops Cotuit’s record to 20-15-1. They remain two points behind the Hyannis Harbor Hawks for first place in the Western Division.
Brad is Back
-Bradley Zimmer (University of San Francisco) made his return to Cotuit after a successful sojurn with Team USA. Zimmer led off and played center, and went 1-4 in his return.
Beating the Ground
-Christian Cecilio (University of San Francisco) is notorious for forcing groundouts, and his start Thursday against Orleans was no different. Cecilio forced eight groundouts. His first six outs where on groundouts, as he tossed perfect baseball through 3 2/3, and no hit baseball for four innings. He finished the day going six innings, giving up one run, and only allowing two hits.
-The Kettleers frequently drop squeezes to push runs across. Thursday they were the victim of this strategy, as Orleans pushed across their first run on a suicide squeeze in the fifth. The Kettleers then tried to squeeze one in the sixth, but a sign was missed, and Zimmer was left out to dry on his dash towards home.
-Rhett Wiseman (Vanderbilt) continued his seven-game hit streak with a single in the eighth inning. He also has scored a run in each of the last three games.
Cribbs Does it All
-Gali Cribbs Jr (Clarendon) is known for his versatility in the field. Cribbs plays short, second, and has even caught for the Kettleers. Thursday though he was called in to pitch. Cribbs went a scoreless 2/3 inning, hitting one batter, pumping in a fastball that was clocked between 87-89 MPH. According to his father, this was Cribbs’ first time pitching since Little League.
-Nolan Clark (Concordia) had his first multi hit game since July 13 against Hyannis. Clark went 2-2 tonight with a walk, and an RBI.
Leap of Faith
-The middle of the Kettleeers infield were kept on their toes Thursday, and in two cases, in the air. Drew Jackson (Stanford) ranged from short to behind the second base bag to make a leaping catch on a soft line drive towards center. Then Logan Ratledge (NC State) made an impressive jumping catch, and then flipped to second to record the double play.