By Joe Pratt | Baylor University
COTUIT, Mass. – Coach Mike Roberts released a lineup consisting of all lefties at the plate for the Kettleers. The goal behind this tactic was to combat Yarmouth-Dennis’ right-handed pitcher Bryce Robison (BYU). But the game plan didn’t pan out in Cotuit’s favor as the bats only mustered just two runs and five hits against Robison in Saturday’s 5-2 loss.
“When we lose, whether one run or two runs or ten runs, it’s my responsibility to get guys in play in a polished manner and we weren’t very polished today,” Roberts said.
Cotuit grabbed the first tallies of the game in the third inning when Brooks Baldwin (UNC Wilmington) batted in Josh Pearson (LSU) after his double. Tyler Johnson (Coastal Carolina) then broke through with an RBI double of his own to make the score 2-0. Johnson went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a strikeout on the day.
“I had a strikeout my first AB, the second AB I was just trying to calm down and put the bat on the ball, just make contact,” Johnson said.
But the rest of the scoring swayed in the direction of the Red Sox. Mark McLaughlin (University of Tennessee) made his first appearance in a Ketts uniform, pitching in relief for Tyler Bosma (Kentucky) who threw four innings, allowing one unearned run. McLaughlin struggled to find the strike zone in his debut but only gave up one run and a hit, with two Ks in 1.1 IP. Three Red Sox runs came off of passed balls, wild pitches and fielding errors as they added three runs in the eighth to widen the gap between them and Cotuit. Two batters reached first on dropped third strikes and the pitching staff collectively walked eight Y-D players.
Ben Johnson (Georgia Southern), T.J. Brock (Ohio State) and Daniel Brooks (College of Charleston) all saw action in relief on the backs of Bosma and McLaughlin.
Chandler Simpson (Georgia Tech) had another multi-hit game including a rope single on the first pitch of the contest. Simpson had another single in the fifth and a stolen base.
Cotuit now prepares to play a doubleheader in Orleans on Sunday with the first game being scheduled for 3 p.m. ET Harrison Cohen (George Washington) will likely start in game one, followed by Ty Johnson (Ball State).
by Clara Richards | Washington University in St. Louis
- The Ketts debuted an all lefty lineup, meaning that the infield and outfield had familiar players in new positions. Brooks Baldwin, first baseman and right fielder, was at second, and Graham Pauley filled in at shortstop. For the first three innings, the tactic seemed to work. Tyler Bosma (Kentucky) shut down all initial offensive threats with a fastball and curveball combination, and the Ketts landed four hits in the first three innings. Yet as the game progressed, the team struggled with walks, handing out a total of 8 walks over nine innings. They also saw a total of five wild pitches which put runners in scoring positions and added pressure on the pitchers to throw strikes.
- Chamdler Simpson continued to rake for the Ketts as leadoff hitter. He went two for four today, and he has a .560 batting average with a .607 on-base percentage. His speed has also been intimidating; the Sox’s starting pitcher fired three pickoff attempts in a row after Simpson singled in the first. Still, undeterred, he stole second the very next pitch thrown, beating out a throw from the catcher. In his seven recent at-bats, he’s hit five singles, consistently finding holes in the defense.
- Two new Kettleers made their debuts in the maroon pinstripes today, pitchers Mark McLaughlin (Tennessee) and Ben Johnson (Georgia Southern). Johnson impressed early on, pitching 1.2 innings and registering two hits. He also executed a smart defensive play, racing over to beside the dugout to catch an overthrown shot from centerfield. With a runner on third, he prevented the runner from advancing to home. “I call my own games at school, so I felt pretty comfortable up there,” he said. “It’s a new mound environment, but I felt pretty comfortable overall.”
The high pressure situation isn’t anything new for the sophomore from Georgia. As mainly a reliever, he is used to coming in one-run games and calling pitch sequences. His fastball reached 91, and his slider delivered with a lineup of mostly righties. Walking into the season eleven games in, he has been thrown straight into the bullpen rotation. “It seems like a pretty tight knit group, a bunch of nice guys, and I’m fitting in really well, so I’m really enjoying it,” he said about his experience on the Cape so far.