By Zach Kaplan
Penn State University
July 25, 2018
BREWSTER– For each home game at Lowell Park, “Here come the Kettles!” is a popular refrain from public address announcer Roy Reiss, as volunteers seek donations for the local ballclub.
But on the field, that saying is beginning to reverberate around the Cape League, as Cotuit defeated Brewster 8-6 at Stony Brook Field on Wednesday for their fourth consecutive win.
Luke Chevalier (Northern State) got the win, improving to 3-0 on the season, while four different Kets hit home runs, part of nine total home runs in Wednesday’s win.
“I’m sitting back and just having fun watching them play,” said Mike Roberts after the game. “They have a fantastic attitude and they seem to get along really well. I’m just letting the game come to them, and I’m trying not to manipulate the game as much.”
While the Kets were held scoreless in the first inning, Brewster got off to a hot start, as Conor Grammes (Xavier) hit a two-run home run that took advantage of the wind to carry over the fence in left field, giving Brewster a 2-0 lead.
But Cotuit would answer back with a pair of solo home runs off the bats of Mike Salvatore (Florida State) in the second inning, and Michael Toglia (UCLA) in the fourth to tie the game. For Toglia, Wednesday marked his third consecutive game with a home run.
The Whitecaps would take the lead back in the fifth inning, as Gage Workman (Arizona State) and Ike Freeman (UNC) went off for back-to-back home runs to take a 4-2 lead.
The sixth inning saw both teams tally runs on the board, with the Kets storming back to take a two-run lead. Duke Ellis (Texas) began the scoring run with a RBI single to score Toglia, and Peyton Burdick (Wright State) would drive in Salvatore off an infield single that skittered down the first base line, somehow staying fair.
Adam Oviedo (TCU) gave the Kets the lead on a two-RBI single that scored both Ellis and Burdick, making it 6-4 Cotuit.
But Brewster would answer in the bottom half of the inning, as Hunter Bishop (Arizona State) launched the sixth home run of the ballgame, cutting the Cotuit lead to one.
With the Cotuit lead cut to one, it was time for some insurance runs. Zach Humphreys (TCU) and Peyton Burdick (Wright State) launched two solo home runs in a span of three batters to make it 8-5 Cotuit and put the game effectively out of reach.
Freeman would add his second home run of the game in the ninth, but that would be all she wrote for the Whitecaps, who fell 8-6.
The Kets will return back to Lowell Park on Thursday, as they host the Bourne Braves for the second time in three days. Cotuit is 2-2 against Bourne this season. First pitch is set for 5:00 p.m.