By Jon Mettus
July 22, 2015
The Kettleers and Firebirds entered the eighth inning tied at two runs apiece. But after Cotuit couldn’t score with the bases loaded, Orleans took advantage, loading the bases itself and knocking in a run before blasting a grand slam. The Kettleers (13-22) couldn’t rally in the ninth and fell to the Firebirds (26-9), 7-2, at Eldredge Park on Wednesday.
Jon Woodcock (Virginia Tech) started on the mound for Cotuit and struck out four batters across six innings while conceding just two runs — one earned. Jack Anderson (Penn State) pitched 1 1/3 innings and let up three runs to get the loss. He loaded the bases in the eighth before being removed.
The Kettleers are a half game back from Falmouth (13-21-1) for fourth place in the division — the final playoff spot.
At the plate
Will Haynie (Alabama) went 2-for-4 and drove in Cotuit’s two runs. He hit his second home run in two games to tie the game at 2-2 in the seventh inning.
His six home runs on the year are tops in the West Division and tied for second best in the league.
In the field
With many of Orleans’ right-handed hitters at the plate, Cotuit head coach Mike Roberts shifted his infield, sending second baseman Spencer Gaa (Bradley) to the left of second base. That put three infielders to the left of second base and one to the right, but it paid off with several of the batters grounding out to the shift.
13 — Will Haynie’s two runs batted in on Wednesday put him at 13 on the season. He now leads the Kettleers in RBI and is fifth in the West Division.
Chatham Anglers (20-15) at Veteran’s Field at 7 p.m. on Thursday