By Matt Feldman
June 20, 2016
Cal Becker redeemed himself on the mound
After Cal Becker (Sonoma State) walked three and allowed a run in just one-third of an inning pitched Sunday, the right hander saw action again on Monday night for Cotuit. This time, Becker was up to the challenge.
The righty threw two innings for Cotuit, shutting out the Orleans Firebirds in the sixth and seventh innings. Becker allowed no runs on no hits, and walked just one Firebird batter in his two inning performance. Becker struck out four, and after every strikeout, he paced around the mound. It looked like for the first time this season, Becker had his composure on the mound, a positive sign for the Kettleer bullpen.
While Becker likely won’t see time as a starter for Cotuit, he could be a viable option out of the bullpen as the season progresses.
Mike Roberts is ready to retool the entire Cotuit gameplan
After winning just one of their first nine games, the Kettleers moved to 1-9 after their loss to Orleans Monday. Kettleers head coach Mike Roberts said after the game that he didn’t have much to tell his team; just that they need to be at practice ready to change things up on Wednesday.
As for what Roberts is going to change, he wouldn’t explicitly reveal, but he will likely make adjustments to the batting order, infield, outfield, and pitching staff. He urged reporters to come to practice Wednesday to see that changes he’s going to make.
“Come at noon (Wenesday), you’re more than welcome to come and see,” Roberts told reporters.
Jeren Kendall has a clean glove in the outfield
In the bottom of the fifth inning Wednesday, Jeren Kendall (Vanderbilt) made a shoestring catch on a hard-hit line drive to right field. After struggling defensively in the outfield especially early in the season, Kendall’s veteran presence out there will help Cotuit moving forward, in terms of limiting errors and making better plays on balls.
At Vanderbilt, Kendall had a .990 fielding percentage, one of the highest on the team.