By Dylan Wolter
July 29, 2015
The Cotuit Kettleers(16-24) dropped their fifth straight game to the Hyannis Harbor Hawks, nothing seeming to click on the Cotuit end. “They’re just better than we are,” said a blunt head coach, Mike Roberts, “that’s talent, that’s focus. They totally outplayed us.”
Jonathan Woodcock (Virginia Tech) has been the epitome of an ace so far this season. On Wednesday night the lefty was a little less sharp than Kettleers fans have grown accustomed to. Hyannis was constantly getting men on base against Woodcock, but for the first few innings, Woodcock didn’t allow anyone to score.
The first inning began with a leadoff triple. Woodcock induced three grounders to get out of the inning unscathed. The bases were loaded in the second inning, but Woodcock struck out the side to escape another jam. Even in the third, another runner reached scoring position, but Woodcock seemed to have his best stuff when pitching from the stretch.
The 4th inning was a different story however, as the Harbor Hawks were finally able to do some damage against Cotuit pitching. With a runner on second base, Austin Hays (Jacksonville U) grounded sharply down the third base line which allowed the first run to score. That was the end of Woodcock’s outing, his worst start of the year.
“I just wasn’t finding the zone early, falling behind a lot of hitters,” mentioned a somber Woodcock, “I got myself in trouble.”
The trouble did not end there for the Kettleers. With Duncan Robinson (Dartmouth) in relief, he gave up a single past a diving Michael Paez (Coastal Carolina) which scored two runs. Paez was playing in the defensive shift but was too far in to make the play.
Mike Roberts took full responsibility for the loss after the game, claiming that if he had managed better, the Kettleers would have been in a better position to win the ballgame. The two run single that went past Paez really ate away at the head coach. “That’s my fault,” claimed Coach Roberts who felt he should have moved Paez back toward the outfield grass, “they don’t know how to play the shift. It’s my job to get them in the right position every pitch, not every batter, every pitch.”
The Kettleers did have an answer in the bottom half of the inning as the red hot Will Haynie (Alabama) laced a two RBI single over the shortstops head. With the score 3-2 the Kettleers were still in the ball game despite being outhit. The Harbor Hawks would add two more runs in the bottom of the fifth after Duncan Robinson got into some trouble.
The Kettleers wound up losing the game 5-2, now winless in five games against Hyannis. With the three game win streak snapped, the Kettleers are still in excellent position for the playoffs, firmly planted in third place. Woodcock is certainly looking forward for redemption in the playoffs, mentioning, “I definitely don’t want to go out with my last being this one. Once the playoff hits, we’ll be playing pretty good baseball.”
The Kettleers will travel to face the Bourne Braves on Thursday night before a two game home stand this weekend.