By Jon Mettus
June 13, 2015
COTUIT — Four different players made their 2015 debuts for Cotuit (3-2) during Saturday’s 5-2 loss to Chatham (3-1) at Lowell Park. Here’s how they performed.
Tim Susnara (Oregon): Susnara’s bright yellow cleats and bright yellow trim on his chest protector stood out behind the plate. He started in place of Will Haynie (Alabama) and went 1-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout. He also drove in one of Cotuit’s two runs.
One runner was able to steal on Susnara — the other stolen base for Chatham was on a pickoff move — but on a pitchout in the top of the seventh, he was able to throw out a runner. Susnara fired to shortstop Michael Paez (Coastal Carolina), who was covering second, and beat the runner easily.
He stepped to the plate with a runner on third in the bottom of the eighth and grounded a ball sharply that was knocked down by the third baseman and picked up by Chatham’s shortstop. Susnara was out on the play, but the runner scored.
“It’s the first game,” Susnara said. “I got all the jitters and shakes out.”
The catcher caught for three different pitchers, though he didn’t have much time to work with them prior to the game. He said head coach Mike Roberts worked with him before the first pitch to quickly learn each pitcher’s style and what pitches he throws.
Nick Eicholtz (Alabama): Eicholtz returns this summer for his second stint with Cotuit. He held Chatham scoreless for the final three frames on Saturday. He allowed just three hits and didn’t walk a single batter in his three innings of work.
“Three innings, no walks. That’s good for me,” Eicholtz said. “It’s good to get back out here and play again.”
The righty showed off his athleticism on the first batter he faced. Eicholtz sprinted off the mound to his right to backhand a ground ball. He then spun toward first and threw out the runner.
“That a boy, Nick,” a player yelled from the Cotuit dugout.
Duncan Robinson (Darmouth): Robinson got the start for the Kettleers and was tagged for four runs in the first inning. He settled down afterward and finished with four runs allowed on seven hits in four innings with four strikeouts. See here for more details on his outing.
Bernardo Flores (Southern California): Flores entered the game as the second half of the tandem rotation for the Kettleers. In two innings, he allowed two hits and one run while fanning three batters. See here for more details on his outing.
WILL HAYNIE DELIVERS CLUTCH LEFT-HANDED AT-BAT
Will Haynie isn’t your typical switch hitter.
He’s listed on the roster as a right-handed batter and never batted left handed in a game prior to Saturday, though he messes around with left-handed batting during practice.
Roberts gave Haynie the day off to rest, but in the bottom of the eighth, Haynie stepped into the batter’s box to the right of the plate, pinch-hitting for Keenan Innis (Georgia Tech).
Chatham’s manager, John Schiffner, called time to talk to his pitcher before play resumed.
Haynie wiggled his hips then pulled a line drive down the right field line that eluded a diving first baseman. Haynie rounded first and slid into second for a double. He would eventually score Cotuit’s first run.
“Coach Roberts (has been) kind of messing around with it since I got here,” Haynie said of left-handed batting. “He told me to get in there left handed today and I ended up with a double.
“I was a little nervous. Surprisingly it wasn’t too uncomfortable. I felt pretty good, but it was fun.”