By: Sean Bailey, Writing Intern, Providence College
August 1, 2013
Cotuit 5 Chatham 1
-This was the first time the Cotuit Kettleers had beat the Chatham Anglers in four tries this season. Cotuit’s record is now 24-17-1. Chatham has now lost three straight.
-Caleb Bryson (Samford) was activated for Cotuit Thursday night, and he was immediately thrown into the chaotic end of the season, as he got the start at first base Friday. Bryson drove the first pitch he saw over the left field fence for a homer. He finished going 1-4 with the home run. Also, Tommy Kister (The Masters College) got his first start for Cotuit. His first inning was as impressive as Bryson’s as Kister struck out the side in order, and struck out the first four batters he saw. Kister went 5 2/3, striking out eight, and allowing one run on three hits. Kister only had one inning without a strikeout (the fifth).
-Kister may not throw hard, but he sure has a lot of movement on his pitches. Kister’s fastball danced all around the strike zone, and around Chatham Angler bats all afternoon. Through three innings he had 10 swing and misses on his fastball, and forced 13 on the day.
Breaking the Slump
-Cotuit had been shut out in two of their previous three games, including Thursday night against Bourne. They rebounded impressively Friday. Bryson led the game off with a homer, and Cotuit would pile on three runs in the inning. Cotuit would end the game with five runs, and two homers.
Don’t Rub It!
-Rhett Wiseman (Vanderbilt) has smacked around pitching this year to the tune of four home runs, a team leading 22 RBIs and a .299 batting average. However, pitchers have extracted their revenge, as Wiseman has been hit by a pitch nine times, which ties him for the league lead with Trevor Podratz (Hawaii) of Wareham.
-Cotuit has gone two straight games without making an error.
Slamming the Door
-Brian Miller (Vanderbilt) collected his sixth save of the season Friday against Chatham. Miller went 1 1/3 with two strikeouts. Miller has not allowed an earned run since July 19, against Hyannis. Miller has gone 3 2/3 scoreless with two saves and six strikeouts in that span.
-The Kettleers had been plagued by strikeouts lately. Friday however they reversed their fortunes, striking out the Anglers 13 times.
Wild, Wild West
-Cotuit is set to square off against the Falmouth Commodores for the last two games of the regular season. The Kettleers visit Falmouth Saturday for a 6:30 p.m. game, then return home to end the regular season for a 4:30 p.m. start time. The series is crucial to decide the Western Division crown, as Falmouth, Cotuit and Hyannis all started Friday separated by one point for first place.