Anglers Riding the Win-Lose Wave

By: Kat Szmit

Topics: Chatham , Cape Cod Baseball League

Chatham pitcher Jake Bukauskas (41) keeps his eye on the plate as he gets set to launch a strike against Brewster. Kat Szmit Photo

CHATHAM ─ Ten innings proved too much for the Chatham Anglers on Friday as they were outlasted by the visiting Brewster Whitecaps, but the weekend wasn't all bad for the boys in blue, who came back the next night to defeat Falmouth, fell to the Y-D Red Sox, and then Monday night got the best of the Gatemen.

Chatham put the first run on the scoreboard against the Whitecaps on Friday, after a special opening ceremony that honored the Chatham-Harwich Little League program, with roughly 70 young ballplayers in attendance.

After Sean Bouchard swung into a double in the bottom of the second, Donovan Casey made it to first on a single, with Bouchard coming home on a sacrifice shot hit by Kyle Adams.

A single from Stuart Fairchild in the next frame boosted the Anglers' lead to 2-0 when Fairchild's single to third brought home DJ Artis before Brewster pitchers Bryan King and Erik Martinez stymied Chatham's batters.

Meanwhile, the Whitecaps pushed a run across in the top of the fifth when Zack Gahagan came home on a double hit by Logan Warmoth to make it a 2-1 game. Brewster tied things up in the eighth when Brent Rooker's sac fly sent AJ Graffanino across the plate.

With the score set at 2-2, a scoreless ninth sent the game into extra innings as Chatham made several changes to its defense, including bringing in Matt Pidich to pitch at the top of the frame. A walk put Warmoth on first before Pidich hit batter Nick Dunn with a pitch to put two men on with no outs. After another walk loaded the bases, Michael Fitzgerald stepped in to relieve Pidich, walking in the go-ahead run before Brewster's Ryan Gridley brought in an insurance run with a sac foul.

Chatham had hopes of a rally in their half of the inning, but the three outs came quickly, with the win going to the Whitecaps.

The A's fared better the following night when they ventured to the Arnie Allen Diamond to face Falmouth, coming home with a 5-2 victory.

Jake Palomaki went 2-for-5 with two runs, while Sean Bouchard also went 2-for-5 with a run. Patrick Mathis went 1-for-5 with an RBI, and Kyle Adams went 1-for-4 with an RBI, while Chase Pinder went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

Chatham pitcher Tanner Chock earned the win, pitching five innings with four strikeouts, six hits, and two runs, with reliever Jason Foley stepping in for three innings with three strikeouts and three hits. Moises Ceja closed the game with two strikeouts in one inning.

Falmouth took an early lead in the outing, pushing across two runs in the first before Chatham tied the game in the fourth. The Anglers added another run in the fifth and two more in the ninth to clinch the win.

The Y-D Red Sox trounced the Anglers on Sunday night with a 7-0 victory in Chatham, but the Anglers came back the following night to defeat the Wareham Gatemen 7-1 thanks to a stellar five-run ninth inning.

After Hunter Lee loaded the bases with a single to third, and DJ Artis reached on a walk that brought in pinch runner Michael Dibrell. Jake Palomaki then hit a double that scored three runners – Artis, Pinder, and Hunter Lee – giving the A's a comfortable end-game edge, to which Stuart Fairchild would add one more with a sac foul that brought in Palomaki.

Chatham's earlier runs came in the third when Palomaki scored on a sac fly to right and the fourth when Gunnar Troutwine came home on a single by Lee.

Starting pitcher James Karinchak lasted three innings for Chatham, fanning six and allowing one hit, while reliever Nick Meservey stepped in for just over three innings, striking out five, with two hits and one run. At bat, Palomaki went 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs, while Lee went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.

The Anglers host Harwich tonight (June 23) beginning at 6:30 p.m., Bourne on Friday night starting at 7 p.m., and Brewster on Saturday starting at 7 p.m.