CCBL RECAP: Chatham Halts Cotuit Streak at 4

HYANNIS – 4 games took place on Monday night to make up for the soggy weather this past Friday.

Harwich Mariners 7 (2-3-1) Falmouth Commodores 10 (2-4)

W: Matt Mercer L: Brian Christian

In what has become commonplace for the Commodores so far this season, they dug themselves an early hole against the Mariners. Harwich jumped out to a 5-0 lead largely thanks to two bases loaded walks and an error, which resulted in two runs. However, Falmouth responded with 7 unanswered runs, which included homers by right fielder Marty Bechina (Michigan State) and third baseman Alec Bohm (Wichita State). This wouldn’t be the last time we heard from Bechina. In the top of 9th, the Commodores let Harwich back in the game with two miscues in the field leading to a 7-7 tie going into the bottom of the frame. With two outs, runners on 1st and 2nd, Marty Bechina stepped up to the plate. After falling behind in the count 1-2, Bechina got a hold of a Brian Christian (Northeastern) offering and smacked a three-run walk-off home run to win the game for the Commodores in dramatic fashion.

Cotuit Kettleers 4 (4-1) Chatham Anglers 8 (4-1)

W: Daniel Metzdorf L: Austin Kitchen

The East and West division leaders squared off on Veterans Field Monday night. The game started out looking like an ole’ fashioned pitchers duel as Cotuit’s starter, Seth Shuman (Georgia Southern) only gave up one hit in the first three innings and Chatham starter, Dan Hammer (Pitt) was perfect. Once both teams got a look at the starters, they figured them out and the Kettleers and Anglers found themselves in a tie ballgame 2-2 in the top of 6th. The wind was blowing out to right field all night and outfielder John Cresto (Santa Clara) took full advantage smoking an opposite field home run with one out to put the Kettleers on top 3-2. The Anglers answered in a big way with 4 extra base hits, including a Jacob Olson (South Carolina) solo shot to lead off the inning. Chatham would end up with 6 runs in a break out 6th and would hang on to hand Cotuit their first loss of the season.

Hyannis Harbor Hawks 6 (2-2-1) Wareham Gatemen 2 (2-4)

W: Michael Brettell L: Grant Wolfram S: Christian Tripp

The Harbor Hawks scoreless streak was at 21 innings in the top of the 6th, but luckily, their pitching staff was working on their own scoreless streak, which lasted nearly 17 innings. In the top of the 6th, with runners on first and third, left fielder Daniel Robinson (Central Michigan) broke Hyannis out of the slump with a RBI single and the Harbor Hawks would score 3 in the inning. The top of the lineup for the Harbor Hawks was strong all night as Robinson, in the two slot, finished 2 for 4 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs. Leadoff man, Reece Hampton (Charlotte) set the table nicely reaching base 3 times and Florida Atlantic’s Tyler Frank went 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs from the 3 spot. Starting pitcher, Michael Brettell (Central Michigan) went 5 and a third scoreless while only allowing one hit. On the season, Brettell has made two appearances totaling 7 and a third innings with no runs allowed and just three hits. Closer, Christian Tripp (New Mexico) would seal the deal for Hyannis and secure his second save of the season.

Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox 2 (3-1) Orleans Firebirds 1 (1-5)

W: Kris Bubic L: Logan Gilbert S: Riley McCauley

The bats for the Y-D Red Sox have stayed relatively quiet to being the 2017 summer, but they still find themselves are 3-1 due to outstanding pitching performances out of their starters and especially their bullpen. The stalwart Y-D bullpen has only given up runs in 1 out of 15 innings pitched so far this season. Starter, Kris Bubic (Stanford) chucked 6 innings of one run ball and then the combination of Troy Terzi (Keystone), Brendan Nail (W. Carolina), Karl Blum (Rutgers), and Riley McCauley (Michigan State) only allowed two baserunners in the final three frames to shut the door on the Firebirds. McCauley is 3 for 3 on save opportunities so far, posting a 7 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio in the process. Orleans, had a solid starting pitching performance of their own as Stetson’s Logan Gilbert only gave up 1 unearned run in 6 innings with 4 strikeouts.

All ten teams are back in action tonight:

Bourne Braves (2-1) @ Cotuit Kettleers (4-1) | Lowell Park | 5:00 PM

Bourne: TBD

Cotuit: Jason Bilious (0-0)

Brewster Whitecaps (2-2) @ Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (3-1) | Red Wilson Field | 5:00 PM

Brewster: Ryan Avidano (0-0)

Y-D: TBD

Falmouth Commodores (2-4) @ Harwich Mariners (2-3-1) | Whitehouse Field | 6:30 PM

Falmouth: Scott Politz (0-1)

Harwich: Tim Herrin (0-0)

Hyannis Harbor Hawks (2-2-1) @ Chatham Anglers (4-1) | Veterans Field | 7:00 PM

Hyannis: Ryan Weiss (0-0)

Chatham: Adam Hill (0-0)

Wareham Gatemen (2-4) @ Orleans Firebirds (1-5) | Eldredge Park | 7:00 PM

Wareham: Mason Feole (0-1)

Orleans: Logan Gilbert (0-1)

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By MATT ST. JEAN, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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