HARWICH ─ It took one big inning for the Chatham Anglers to take a huge lead against the Harwich Mariners on Friday, and one big inning for the Mariners to take that lead away, ultimately winning the last contest between the two teams, playoffs pending, 6-4.
After two innings of 1-2-3 baseball, the Anglers struck in the third, scoring four runs to take a commanding lead in the game. Leading off the hitting was John Aiello with a single to left. Another single from Hunter Lee put Aiello on second, with the shortstop making it home on an error by Harwich third baseman Joe Dunand.
Lee then scored on a double hit by Hagen Owenby that also brought in Mason Koppens, with Owenby bringing in the fourth run on a Gunnar Troutwine single.
The Mariners responded at the bottom of the third with a run from Ernie Clement on a Pavin Smith double, but found themselves trailing until a very big bottom of the fourth.
Nicholas Feight led off with a single, followed by Johnny Adams with another single to put two men on with no outs. Next up was Antoine Duplantis who hit a single that brought in Feight to narrow Chatham's lead by a run. But the inning was far from over. Austin Filiere swung into a double that scored Adams, cutting Chatham's lead even more. Though Nick Dalesandro was thrown out for the inning's first out, he managed to bring in Duplantis for the tying run, before a Max Burt double capped off the inning by bringing around Filiere to put Harwich ahead by one.
The Mariners struck once more in the sixth, this time when Feight brought in Clement for the team's sixth run. The inning kicked off with a single to left from Burt, followed by a fielder's choice from Clement that saw Burt tagged for the first out.
An error by Chatham shortstop Aiello allowed Pavin Smith to reach first, with Clement taking second, before Dunand drew the second out. Then Feight stepped up and swung into a single that brought Smith to second and a speedy Clement home for the go-ahead run.
Harwich pitcher Hunter Williams earned the win in five innings on the mound in which he allowed six hits and four runs with four strikeouts, with Brad Bass stepping in for two innings with no hits, no runs, and four strikeouts. Zach Schellenger earned the save in two innings in which he allowed just one hit and no runs, with five strikeouts.
Feight went 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI, while Adams went 2-for-4 with a run, and Clement went 1-for-4 with two runs. Duplantis and Filiere also went 2-for-4 with a run each, with Filiere also earning an RBI. Dalesandro and Burt had one RBI apiece.
Chatham pitcher Simon Mathews incurred the loss, pitching just over five innings in which he allowed 11 hits and six runs, with six strikeouts, with Connor Moore stepping in for one inning of relief, allowing one hit with two strikeouts. Alex Person closed out the game for Chatham, pitching an inning-plus in which he allowed two hits with no runs and two strikeouts.
At bat for the Anglers, Koppens went 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI, while Owenby went 1-for-3 with a run and two RBIs. Both Aiello and Lee went 1-for-4 with a run, while Gunnar Troutwine had one RBI.
The game marked the final contest between the two teams in the regular season, playoffs, at least for Chatham, still pending.