By Matt Feldman
June 25, 2016
Taylor Lehman… A reliever?
When Taylor Lehman (Penn State) came to the Kettleers in early June, Cotuit head coach Mike Roberts saw the big left hander as a starting pitcher. Lehman had started 12 game for the Nittany Lions this past season, and Roberts planned to use him in that position. But early on, Lehman has been shaky as a starter for Cotuit, posting an 8.30 ERA in his two starts for the Kettleers.
Friday night, Lehman was used in relief for the first time this season after Ross Achter (Toledo) got the start for Cotuit. Lehman threw five innings in relief Saturday, allowing no runs and just one walk.
“He went out there in relief and threw five beautiful innings,” Roberts said. “He just did a great job, and I thought he had the best stuff that he had.
Roberts said he didn’t realize that in Lehman’s last couple of innings at Penn State, he had been moved into the bullpen.
Clay Fisher will be trying out for Team USA
A source confirmed Saturday night that Clay Fisher (UC Santa Barbara) will be trying out for Team USA this week. Jon Perez first broke the news.
The shortstop batted .285 for the Guachos this season, helping Santa Barbara reach the College World Series.
His addition to the Kettleers would add some extra stability to the middle-infield, but with Fisher trying out for Team USA, there is a possibility he might not make the trip to Cape Cod this summer. If Fisher fails to make the national team, though, he will be likely to reach the Cape in a few weeks, but that is still up in the air.
On the flip side, current Kettleers’ shortstop Ryan Hagan has done well in recent weeks, batting .238 for Cotuit with two doubles and just three errors on the season. While Fisher’s presence would be welcome, it surely isn’t Cotuit’s last option.
For two straight nights, the Kettleers have played all-around baseball
Aside from its three errors Friday night, Cotuit has played exceptionally well on both offense and defense in the past two games.
On Friday night against Hyannis, Keith Rogalla (Creighton) and reliever Cal Becker (Sonoma State) starred on the mound, and Cotuit scored a well-timed run late in the game. But that performance couldn’t put Cotuit on top of the Harborhawks Friday as Cotuit eventually lost, 2-1.
Saturday, the Kettleers played even better, scoring six runs to Yarmouth-Dennis’ three; and also seeing two strong appearances from Achter and Lehman.
“I am looking to see if we can get good pitching every day, and win. And we got that two days in a row,” Roberts said. “One win, and one loss, but we got that two days in a row.
“That’s also the first time we’ve hit line drives to the outfield.”