By Matt Schneidman
June 21, 2014
Ashton Perritt (Liberty) possesses a skill that fades quickly upon the transition from high school to college baseball.
On Friday, Perritt started in center field and on Saturday, he threw three innings on the hill.
In that stretch, he allowed only one run, striking out two and throwing two 1-2-3 innings. Despite Cotuit’s (4-6) 9-1 loss to Yarmouth-Dennis (4-6) at “Red” Wilson Field on Saturday, Perritt showed that head coach Mike Roberts can go to him as more than just an outfielder in the future.
Perritt relieved starter Jackson McClelland (Pepperdine) to start the fifth and swiftly retired the side, striking out Jordan Tarsovich (VMI) and Hunter Cole (Georgia), and inducing a groundout from Michael Foster (Northeastern).
He ran into some trouble in the sixth, but was able to escape a one-out, second-and-third jam to prevent the Red Sox from stretching its lead further than the four-run advantage it already had.
Even though the Cotuit bats didn’t provide much run support, only giving Perritt one run in the seventh, he once again shut down Y-D in order, giving the bats one last chance to narrow the deficit in the seventh and eighth.
This past year at Liberty, Perritt not only hit .279 with 56 hits and 24 RBI, but also had a 1.52 ERA on the mound, including 12 saves and 28 strikeouts in 29.2 innings pitched.
For a Cotuit team that has struggled as of late on the mound and at the plate, Perritt could be someone to turn to in the immediate future that can help in both facets.
Roberts declined to comment after the game along with the team.