By Dylan Wolter
June 11th, 2015
BOURNE- The duo of Jonathan King (Georgia Tech) and Jon Woodcock (Virginia Tech) were able to silence the opposition in a 7-2 victory over the Bourne Braves (0-3). On a night dominated by spectacular offensive performances, both Woodcock and King limited the damage for the Cotuit Kettleers (2-1) as they cruised to their second victory.
Jonathan King started the game for the Kettleers and was very effective in his debut. He pitched 4.1 innings, allowing two earned runs, one walk, and four strikeouts. Having not pitched in a couple weeks, King admitted the rust was there to begin the game, but was pleased none the less. He was able to pound the zone and kept the Bourne bats guessing.
Despite a solid performance, King thinks there is plenty to work on for his game to improve over the coming season, “I got to get the ball down a little bit better. A couple pitches here and there needed to be executed better.”
By the time Jon Woodcock entered the game, he had a two run lead. Safe to say that was all he needed Thursday night. The offense gave plenty of support for its starting pitchers and let them work with a lead all evening. Woodcock dominated in 4.2 innings of work, allowing only three hits, gave up no runs, and struck out six.
Woodcock, the winning pitcher, was able to throw all his pitches for strikes. In the bottom of the sixth, he struck out the side getting each hitter to swing and miss at a different offering. His fastball had great life; the Bourne bats were rarely able to make solid contact off it. He mixed in a sharp curveball as well as a diving changeup.
“I felt good,” claimed Woodcock, “I was just trying to get the fastball in for a strike to get ahead of hitters. We were off to a pretty good lead so I was just trying to throw strikes and get ahead as much as possible.”
Manager Mike Roberts was very pleased after the game. With three pitchers leaving for the draft, Roberts acknowledged he has to save his arms better. In the first two games, no pitcher went more than three innings. In this one, however, King and Woodcock were able to provide the other pitchers valuable rest.
Roberts would like to continue the tandem pitching to keep his bullpen in order and could not have been more appreciative of his pitchers efforts. Coach was especially pleased that both King and Woodcock were able to efficiently throw strikes.
“One thing I liked is we had ten 0-2 counts,” exclaimed a joyful Roberts “ and when you have that many 0-2 counts means you can maneuver your pitches a little bit more, you got the hitters guessing.”
Cotuit looks to have a recipe for success. Pitching wins ballgames and Cotuit beat the Braves with two terrific performances. The tandem pitching is something Cotuit fans can expect for the coming weeks, especially if it provides the same effectiveness it did last night.
Cotuit (2-1) looks to keep improve its record Friday night against Falmouth (1-2).