By Matt Feldman
July 3, 2016
The Kettleers (5-15) beat Falmouth (10-10), 9-4, Sunday evening at Lowell Park in Cotuit. Ross Achter (Toledo) got the win for Cotuit, throwing three full innings and allowing one run on six hits.
Just one day after Cotuit head coach Mike Roberts said the Kettleers can’t be a team that relies on the long ball, Cotuit launched back-to-back home runs twice in its 9-1 victory over Falmouth.
The first set of home runs, courtesy of Cory Voss (Arizona) and AJ Balta (Oregon), gave Cotuit the lead, 3-1, in the third inning. It was a lead the Kettleers would hold the rest of the game.
In the very next inning, Clay Fisher (UC Santa Barbara) launched a grand slam to left center field in just his second at bat of the season for the Kettleers. Up 8-1, Greyson Jenista (Wichita State) followed Fisher’s lead, crushing a no-doubter to deep right field in the very next at bat, putting Cotuit ahead, 9-1.
“It’s a fun atmosphere, and the guys are already cool,” Fisher said. “(My teammates) gave me the silent treatment, it was fun.”
As an aside, three of Cotuit’s home runs were to right field, thanks in part to a north-easterly wind that presumably helped carry the balls over the right field fence.
“I was really happy, the wind was blowing out today,” Roberts said. “So that really helped us quite a bit.”
Connor Simmons strong in relief
Connor Simmons (Georgia Southern) saw his strongest relief appearance of the season for Cotuit. After Ross Achter (Toledo) allowed one run on six hits in three innings, Simmons was sent into the game in the top of the fourth.
Simmons allowed no runs on just one hit in his three and two-third inning appearance for Cotuit.
The temporary pitcher was just signed to a permanent contract this morning, meaning he will be with Cotuit for the remainder of the summer barring injury or intervention from his collegiate coaching staff.
Three of the past four
The Kettleers have won three of their past four games and are now 5-15, this after starting the season 1-11. This streak comes after Roberts ‘reset’ the team just under two weeks ago.
“I really think that we are getting a lot better,” Roberts said. “The last seven, eight, nine games, we’ve played really well.”
Cotuit scored the most runs it has scored all year, 9, Sunday evening, and the team has been streaking both offensively and defensively as of late. Cotuit has 47 hits in its last six games and 13 extra base hits, scoring 32 runs in that stretch.
“Just trying to bring more energy, thats really it,” Jenista said. “We’re a good club, we know we are, we just have to do it.”