By Sam Blum
July 9, 2014
Ashton Perritt called for the ball as he raced in toward home plate. A pop fly off the bat of Craig Aikin probably should have been caught by catcher Tres Barrera, but Perritt, the pitcher, decided to settle under it.
After he the made the catch, the dual-threat athlete smiled at Barrera and ran off the field.
“It comes in handy sometimes,” Perritt said. “My center fielder senses just kick in every now and then.”
Perritt’s nice play capped off two scoreless innings in which he recorded four strikeouts. After starter Vince Fiori allowed nine runs and Regan Bazar came in and gave up another, Perritt’s performance kept Cotuit floating in an eventual 10-6 loss at Harwich on Wednesday.
“Perritt threw the ball really well,” manager Mike Roberts said. “Our pitching is getting better.”
Last week Roberts had to take Perritt off the roster temporarily. It put him in limbo, noting it was a “panic situation”. He was not sure if he would be added back on or have to go home.
When Logan Ratledge had to leave the team with an injury, Perritt made the roster on the final day before it had to be finalized.
Today he proved why he deserved that opportunity.
“I just tried to get the momentum,” Perritt said. “Just go out and throw strikes and see what their team would do with it.”