By Clara Richards | Washington University in St. Louis
The Ketts set the tone of the game early, with lead off hitter Tommy Troy (Stanford) flicking a fastball to center field and two-hole CJ Kayfus (Miami) following it up with another single deep into center field. But the Ketts closed out the inning with three back-to-back outs, leaving a Troy stranded on third.
Harrison Cohen (UVA) has had the most starts of any Ketts player currently on the roster, and he took the mound for the high-profile game that would determine the top seed of the West Division. He entered with a 2.27 ERA, having pitched 31.2 innings. He allowed the first runner to reach with a double, but he also left a runner stranded at third after a double play and ground out.
But the Harbor Hawks struck first, getting two runs on an error from the third baseman that sailed over the glove of Kayfus in the third inning. The Ketts managed to retaliate with one run of their own in the fourth — after three hits in a row, a four-pitch walk from Troy brought the lead to one run. But a ground out forced the close of the inning with the bases loaded.
Once again, the former Kettleer Mitch Jebb (Michigan State) hit a deadly shot into the center field trees to bring home a bases-clearing 3 RBI home run. On one out in the fourth, Cohen struggled to avoid the bats, allowing three back-to-back hits before another double play ended the inning for him. That would end Cohen’s outing, having seen 21 batters and allowing three earned runs.
Matt Joyce (Coastal Carolina) entered in the fifth for his first outing for the Ketts. He pitched 2.0 innings, letting up one earned run. “It was awesome,” he said about the experience of playing on the Cape for the first time. “That’s another thing. I was just so excited. It’s just really good to be back. I was hurt for about half the season and sitting on the sidelines and I just really wanted to get back out there.”
The Ketts were able to drive in two more runs in the seventh and eighth innings, driving in a run on a hit-by-pitch and a hit from Kayfus. Ultimately, though, the Ketts weren’t able to make up the damage let up by the home run and error that collectively put up five runs in the first four innings. Cotuit concluded the evening in a 7-3 deficit to a long chat from head coach Mike Roberts, having lost the battle for first place of the West Division. They only trailed the Harbor Hawks by one hit.
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By Joe Pratt | Baylor University