By Jon Mettus
July 14, 2015
The Kettleers (11-18) pitchers shut down Bourne’s offense and Cotuit was able to produce just enough runs, by way of small ball and a Jeren Kendall (Vanderbilt) home run, to hang on and top the Braves.
Matt Milburn (Wofford) went 5 2/3 innings for Cotuit, surrendering one unearned run and five hits, while striking out two on his way to the victory. Jack Anderson (Penn State) struck out two in 2 2/3 frames before Justin Dunn (Boston College) came in to close the door for his fourth save.
At the plate
Kendall and Brett Stephens (UCLA) each went 2-for-3 on the day. Kendall hit an inside the park home run and Stephens scored Cotuit’s first run on a groundout.
In the field
Jack Klein (Stanford) had been starting in center field for the Kettleers prior to injuring his foot. He returned to the lineup on Tuesday and played in right with Kendall playing in center. Klein was able to make one putout.
Michael Cantu (Texas) started the game at catcher, but Will Haynie (Alabama) replaced him in the seventh.
Five — The Kettleers defense looked shaky at times, committing five errors. In the past, the errors have come back to bite Cotuit, but on Tuesday they only led to one unearned run and the Kettleers got the win regardless.
“I knew (the right fielder) was going to have a play at the fence so I’m hustling out of the box. I see him reach back and I think he got back pretty far because his arm looked like it almost broke and then (the ball) flung back in … when I saw it fling back in off his glove I was gone.” — Cotuit center fielder Jeren Kendall on his inside-the-park home run
At Brewster Whitecaps on Wednesday at 5 p.m.