Cotuit, MA- The Cotuit Kettleers’ offensive drought continued on Tuesday night as they fell to the Orleans Firebirds by a score of 5-1. The Kettleers have scored one run in each of their last three games. Despite dropping four straight games, head coach Mike Roberts was encouraged by his team’s efforts over the last few innings on Tuesday. He said, “The last three or four innings, I thought we did some things very professionally. Now we just got to transcend it and get out of this one-run business.”
Moments that mattered:
Orleans ambushes Cotuit early
Just like their last time in Cotuit, the Firebirds jumped out to an early five-run lead. A leadoff single was just the beginning of a three-run Orleans’ first. Chase DeLauter opened the scoring with a two-run shot over the tree line in right field. Tyler Locklear made it back-to-back home runs as he curled a towering fly ball around the left field foul pole. In the next inning, a trio of hits plated two more runs to extend the lead to five.
Maitland keeps the Kettleers in the game
After Orleans posted crooked numbers in the first two innings, Roberts turned to Logan Maitland (UMass Dartmouth) out of the bullpen. The right-handed pitcher was able to calm the storm and keep Cotuit in the game. Maitland stranded two runners in the third with a strikeout and a groundout. A 4-6-3 double play completed a scoreless fourth and he finished his outing with a 1-2-3 fifth. He worked three scoreless frames in efficient fashion, tossing just forty pitches.
Roberts was impressed with Maitland’s performance on Tuesday. “I thought Logan picked up our starter really well. He was more directional and relaxed tonight. Second time out as a Kettleer, I was really pleased with the way he pitched,” said Roberts.
Riley Huge (College of Central Florida) and Hambleton Oliver (Baylor) combined to put up four zeroes over the last four innings. Huge allowed just two hits, while Oliver limited the Firebirds to one hit over two innings.
Roberts was pleased with advancements that both Huge and Oliver had made since their last outings. Roberts said, “I thought Huge did a good job. He struggled in his first outing against a couple hitters, but came back today and threw well. Without a doubt, Hambleton was the best he’s been all year. Velocity was back up and his balance on the mound was very good.”
Offensive struggles continue
The Kettleers struggled to get their offense out of neutral on Tuesday night. Cotuit got on the board in the second inning on a Noah Bridges‘ (UNC Wilmington) two-out double. After that, it was all zeroes on the scoreboard for the home team. Orleans ended Cotuit rallies with inning-ending double plays in the third and sixth innings. Eric Brown Jr. (Coastal Carolina) was the only batter to reach base over the last three innings as the Firebirds shut the door on Cotuit.
Maitland: 3.0 IP, 3 K, 3 H, 1 BB, 0 R
Huge: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 R
Bridges: 2-3, 2B, RBI
Luke Gold: 2-4, 1 R
Up next: The Kettleers will hit the road on Wednesday to head to Chatham. It will be Cotuit’s first and only trip to Chatham this summer. The Kettleers are 2-0 vs. the Anglers so far this summer. Will Jacobsen (Harvard) is Cotuit’s probable starter. First pitch will be at 7:00 PM from Veterans Field.