By Ben Fischer
University of Maryland
June 21, 2018
Video game recap by Mason Horodyski, Syracuse
SOUTH YARMOUTH – After scoring 16 runs in their previous two games, the Cotuit Kettleers offense was shut down, mustering just eight baserunners in a 6-1 loss to the Y-D Red Sox.
Cotuit took a first-inning lead without registering a hit. With one out, left fielder Thomas Dillard (Ole Miss) reached on an error by second baseman. Back-to-back walks to Zachary Biermann (Coastal Carolina) and Michael Toglia (UCLA) loaded the bases. Center fielder Peyton Burdick (Wright St) grounded into what looked like an inning-ending double play, but Y-D third baseman Nick Quintana (Arizona) overthrew the first baseman, bringing in a run.
Cotuit’s lead held until the fourth, when Red Sox first baseman Andrew Daschbach (Stanford) took Griffin McLarty deep to right-centerfield for a game tying home run. Y-D broke the tie with a three-run seventh inning, scoring on an RBI single by Christian Koss (UC Irvine) an RBI groundout by Quinn Cotton (Grand Canyon U) and a wild pitch by pitcher Ryan Lefner (St. Louis). The Red Sox increased their lead in the eighth inning with a two-out, two-run single to left field by Koss.
After the first-inning rally, the Kettleers did not threaten again, putting only two more runners in scoring position. Shortstop Adam Oviedo’s (TCU) fifth-inning double was the team’s only hit against Red Sox starter Karl Kaufmann (Michigan).
“I think we came in and we were a bit lethargic,” right fielder Will Robertson (Creighton) said. “For whatever reason, we couldn’t get it going. You’ve got to give credit to the pitcher, but we just couldn’t string hits together. Nights like that are going to happen, but we’ve got to get more energy.”
“I didn’t see any energy today.” head coach Mike Roberts said, “I asked the guys ‘are you tired?’It’s only the second week, this is a pro schedule right now and I don’t think anybody wanted to say yes, but I thought our energy was poor, and we’ll pick it up tomorrow.”
The Kettleers are in the middle of a tough stretch of their schedule, playing 13 games in 11 days after losing a scheduled off-day on Monday June 18. The stretch ends after a double header Sunday in Chatham, after which the Kettleers will have two much-needed off days in quick succession.
The Kettleers remain on the road Friday, venturing to Brewster to take on the 2-6 Brewster Whitecaps at 5 p.m. at Stony Brook field.