Video Recap by Jon Perez
By Jon Mettus
June 17, 2016
YARMOUTH-DENNIS — Kettleers head coach Mike Roberts paced outside the Cotuit dugout and folded his arms to watch the final pitch of the game be delivered.
Cotuit pitcher Ryan Rigby (Mississippi State) and Red Sox first baseman Brendan Skidmore (Binghamton) were locked in a full count in the bottom of the ninth with the winning run on second.
“He knew a fastball was coming. I knew I was throwing a fastball,” Rigby said. “I just left it up and he got his barrel to it.”
Roberts didn’t flinch. His expression never changed as the players filed off the field following another game that slipped through the Kettleers hands. Skidmore delivered the final RBI single to score the winning run to beat Cotuit (1-6), 3-2. It’s the third time in the last four games that Cotuit has lost by two runs or less. It’s the fourth game in a row where the Kettleers have had a tie or lead as late as the eighth inning.
The Kettleers only managed five hits, compared to Y-D’s 12, and have been outhit every game this season. Skidmore had three hits in his five at-bats and drove in all three of the Red Sox’s runs — single-handedly taking down the Kettleers.
“Their No. 5 hitter hit a home run and a single to win the ball game,” Kettleers head coach Mike Roberts said. “They did a good job.”
Skidmore’s first hit came in the bottom of the first inning after Cotuit took a 1-0 in the opening half inning of the game on a Hagen Owenby (East Tennessee State) infield single to short. Skidmore grounded up the middle with the bases loaded to plate a run.
Roberts went to the mound to talk to starter Eddie Muhl, who ultimately finished with 4 1/3 innings pitcher, seven hits allowed, one earned run, three walks and two strikeouts.
All the came of Skidmore’s second at-bat, was a grounder for a double play. When he returned to the plate, Kettleers reliever Colton Hock (Stanford) was on the mound.
Skidmore blasted the 3-2 offering deep to center field. Hock pointed up in the air as if hoping it would be a harmless fly ball. But it kept carrying and landed beyond the fence in center for solo shot.
It was the only run Hock would allow as he finished the night with 2 2/3 innings pitched, five hits allowed, one earned run and three strikeouts.
The Kettleers countered with a Jordan Pearce (Arizona) sacrifice fly to left field in the top of the eighth inning to tie the game at two runs apiece.
But Skidmore would get another at-bat. This time, Rigby was on the mound and Skidmore stepped to the plate with a runner on first, two outs and a chance to end the game.
A ball in the dirt that skipped past Tim Susnara (Oregon) behind the plate moved the runner to second. Instead of putting Skidmore on first, which was open, Rigby tossed a fastball over the middle of the plate with a 3-2 count.
Skidmore launched it into the left-center field gap, ending the game.
“You just gotta be able to swing the bat,” Roberts said.
Cotuit heads on the road to face Brewster at 5 p.m. on Saturday.