CHATHAM ─ Those who think a tie game can't be exciting weren't at Sunday's outing of the Chatham Anglers and the Harwich Mariners. Though it ended in a 1-1 deadlock, it was a game worth watching.
It was a game in which many of the stats were identical. Each team had eight hits, and within those hits, each team had one run, both of which came from well-hit home runs, both in the fourth inning, and while each team had the chance to break the tie, solid work all around prevented that from happening.
You could call it a pitchers' duel, but the game surely came down to more than just stellar hurlers, though both teams' bullpens performed admirably. For the home team Anglers, starter Parker Rigler pitched six innings in which he allowed just five hits, with one run and three strikeouts, with reliever Isaac Mattson stepping in for three innings in which he allowed one hit, with one strikeout.
When the game went into extra innings (12 in total), Chatham manager John Schiffner called first on Austin Magestro, who allowed one hit with one strikeout in one inning. Next on the mound was Kale Breaux, who also came in for one inning, allowing a hit and recording two strikeouts, while closer Michael Fitzgerald allowed no hits at game's end.
Meanwhile, at bat, the A's did all they could to get past the Mariner's bullpen, their lone run came on a home run hit by Patrick Mathis in the fourth, again in nearly identical fashion to their opponents.
At the top of the fourth, Harwich batter Joseph Dunand stepped up to the plate and swung into the first and so far only run of the game, trotting around the bases with a smile after putting his team on the scoreboard.
Though teammate Pavin Smith had a hit, the inning ended quickly on two fly outs and a fielder's choice.
First up to bat for the Anglers was Mathis, who, just like Dunand before him, swung into a homer to put Chatham on the scoreboard and tie the game.
Again, although Gunnar Troutwine had a single and Kyle Adams a walk, the inning ended in short form.
From there, the deadlock ensued and remained, even as both teams did their best to break it. While there was a smattering of hits from the likes of Harwich's Jonathan India (single) and Austin Filiere (double), and Chatham's Troutwine (single) and Orlando Garcia (single), after 12 innings, the tie stood.
In the end, Chatham's Mathis went 1-for-5 with a run, while teammates Donovan Casey, Tanner Gardner, Adams and Garcia each had a hit and no runs, and Troutwine had three hits with no runs.
On the Harwich side, Dunand went 2-for-6 with a run, while India, Johnny Adams, Filiere, and Max Burt each had a hit, with Smith recording two hits in six at bats.
On the mound for Harwich, which right now holds the top spot in the East Division, starting pitcher Shane McCarthy lasted six innings in which he allowed four hits with one run and four strikeouts, with reliever Maddux Conger stepping in for one inning with one strikeout. Tommy DeJuneas came in for two innings, allowing just one hit with two strikeouts before giving way to Nick Brown, who allowed two hits with no runs in one inning. Teddy Rodliff and Zach Schellenger closed out the game with no runs between them.
The teams are enjoying a day off today (July 14) and will be back in action on Friday, with Harwich hosting Cotuit at 6:30 p.m. and Chatham traveling to Orleans for a 7 p.m. game. Harwich hosts Orleans on Saturday beginning at 5:30, while Chatham faces Y-D at 7 p.m. at Veterans Field. The teams face each other next on July 29 at Harwich with a 6:30 start.