HARWICH ─ It wasn't a no-hitter for the Harwich bullpen last Thursday when the Mariners hosted the Anglers, but it was sure close. In what became a 6-0 win for the home team, Harwich pitchers allowed just four hits in nine innings en route to their 11th win of the season.
“They just flat-out beat us tonight,” said Angler manager John Schiffner.
Indeed, the Mariners wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, pushing across their first run of the game at the bottom of the opening frame when Pavin Smith followed up his double by coming home on a single from teammate Joe Dunand.
The momentum carried over into the bottom of the second when Harwich added three more runs to its tally. Austin Filiere led off with a single, with Filiere blazing around the bases to home on a double from Johnny Adams to make it 2-0 Mariners.
With Adams on third, Cal Raleigh drew the first out of the inning, but a single from Nick Feight let Adams cross the plate for Harwich's third run. A wild pitch put Feight on second, and with two outs, Feight came in on a single from Ernie Clement before the inning ended with a strikeout.
After a scoreless third, Smith and Dunand each added another RBI to their game stats, with Smith bringing in Steven Foster and Dunand bringing in Clement for a 6-0 Mariner edge.
From then on it was a scoreless duel as hurlers from both sides went to work. Harwich's Ryan McAuliffe earned the win, pitching six complete innings in which he allowed just three hits, one walk, no runs, and had six strikeouts. Reliever Austin Bain had one strikeout in his one inning, as did Nick Brown, with Ethan Landon working with his teammates to close out the game.
Tom Cosgrove had the start and suffered the loss for Chatham, pitching 3.1 innings with two strikeouts, eight hits and six runs, while reliever Reed Howell stepped in for a little more than two innings, recording two strikeouts with three hits and no runs. Michael Fitzgerald closed the game for Chatham with two strikeouts, two hits, and no runs.
“We didn't have a fire under us tonight,” said Schiffner. “We deflated ourselves in two ways: we jumped right out early and didn't get a run in the top of the first, and they came right back and got us, and we just kind of settled in and the game just kind of overwhelmed us tonight.”
Meanwhile, Englert is enjoying his team's camaraderie and hard work.
“I just like the way we compete,” he said. “We go out there and have fun doing it. That's the joy of coaching this team because they just go out there and have fun.”
Englert said his 2016 squad is so far faring well.
“The chemistry on this team is pretty good,” he said. “Knock on wood, we can hopefully maintain it. You get really tested mid-to-late July. The guys are competing well and playing hard, and our pitching's been outstanding. I think we've had 11 quality starts.”
That includes McAuliffe.
“That's the second quality start he's had for us,” Englert said. “He commanded the strike zone, kept them off balance by mixing up his speeds and hitting his spots.”
The teams face each other again on Saturday night at Veterans Field in Chatham with a 7 p.m. start time.