By Ben Fischer
University of Maryland
July 31, 2018
COTUIT – For most of the 2018 season, the Kettleers had no real set lineup, with players moving up and down and in and out of the lineup. Over the last two weeks however, coach Mike Roberts has found a consistent lineup, which has carried the team through their recent hot streak.
The catalyst of the new lineup has been leadoff hitter Will Robertson (Creighton). Since July 20, Robertson has 11 RBI and 17 hits. After his four-hit performance against Wareham on Tuesday, Robertson has three straight multi-hit games to go along with his streak of five games with an RBI.
Perhaps Robertsons biggest hit and biggest RBI came in the ninth against Wareham, when he drove in the tying run with a single to salvage a 4-4 tie with the Gatemen.
“I was just trying to see the ball and their lefty flipped me a curveball that stayed up so I just tried to stay on it,” Robertson said.
The Kettleers have gone as their leadoff hitter has. The Kets are 7-2-1 since July 20 and have scored five or more runs in seven of those games. Roberts’ explanation of what he has liked out of Robertson was simple.
“I just like the fact that he puts the head of the bat on the baseball often,” Roberts said.
Robertson said that he had not hit leadoff ever before coming to Cotuit, but that he has become more comfortable in the role since the start of the year.
“I’ve grown accustomed to it, so it took some getting used to but I don’t mind it anymore,” Robertson said.
Robertson was in a slump during the beginning of the second month of the Cape League season, with his average dipping as low as .242 on July 12. But with his recent tear, Robertson is now hitting at a .288 clip.
Robertson credited his recent hot streak, to the fact that his parents are visiting in Cotuit, adding that he was hoping they would stay through the playoffs as good luck charms to help continue his hot hitting.