By Jon Mettus
June 22, 2015
COTUIT — The Kettleers (4-9) got its two middle infielders back in the lineup during the doubleheader losses to the Harwich Mariners (7-5-1) on Monday.
Michael Paez (Coastal Carolina) missed two games after being hit in the back with a pitch against Brewster on June 17, but started at shortstop and batted in the leadoff spot in both of Monday’s games.
“Watching the game in the dugout, especially when we’re struggling a little bit, it hurts,” Paez said. “You want to be out here. You want to play every game.”
The shortstop went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run in the first game and went 1-for-1 with two walks and a run in the second game.
Both of his hits were line drive into left field and he also stole two bases.
“Michael certainly helps,” Roberts said. “I think you can see what he does and the number of times he gets on base.”
In the second game, Paez backhanded a groundball and threw to first, but the throw was a little high and Branden Berry (Washington) had to jump to catch it, allowing the runner to be safe.
“That was the first time I threw a baseball at all in a week,” Paez said. “I don’t want to make any excuses at all, but I have to throw a little bit more. Hitting wise it felt good.”
Brody Weiss’ (Riverside Community College) hand was swollen after the June 20 loss to Brewster. He received an examination Monday morning, which showed no broken bones or torn ligaments, Roberts said, so he was able to start the second game.
Weiss went 0-for-3, but had four assists.
Trio of outfielders makes highlight-reel catches
Across the two games on Monday, Gene Cone (South Carolina), Jack Klein (Stanford) and Brett Stephens (UCLA) flashed the leather to help out Cotuit’s pitchers.
In the top of the sixth in the first game, with a runner on first, Stephens ran back and to his left on a line drive before jumping in the air and barreling into the outfield fence to make a grab.
In the third inning of game two, Cone nearly did the same thing. He ran back on a ball hit to right field and jumped to snag the ball over his head before stumbling up against the fence.
“Just trying to help the pitcher out, help the team out,” Cone said.
Klein’s play came when he raced into shallow left-center and dove forward — making his body almost parallel to the ground — into the grass to make a catch.
Fabio fills in for Weiss at 2nd
The Kettleers signed Cole Fabio (Bryant) on Monday and started him right away against his former team, the Harwich Mariners. He filled in at second base for Weiss for the first game.
Fabio had played six games with the Mariners this season before coming to the Kettleers.
In the fifth inning, Fabio bobbled a ground ball hit to his left then kicked it in the dirt a little, allowing the runner to reach safely. But on the very next play he caught a line drive and threw to first to double off the runner.