After a season of struggle, the Chatham Anglers stunned fans from both Chatham and Harwich by defeating the Harwich Mariners in two of the three East Division playoff games to advance in the Cape Cod Baseball League tourney.
On Friday, the East Division Champion Mariners hosted the Anglers, with the visitors claiming a 3-1 victory in nine innings to take Game 1 of the best of two series. Bringing in the runs for the Anglers were Jake Palomaki and John Aiello, with Gunnar Troutwine sending Mason Koppens across the plate for an RBI in the eighth.
Joe Dunand had the lone run for Harwich.
The following night in Chatham, the Mariners roared back for a 13-1 wallop of the Anglers, with a slew of team members recording runs, including Max Burt, Ernie Clement, Pavin Smith, Anthony Critelli, Nick Feight, Austin Filiere, Cal Raleigh and Nick Dalesandro, with Dunand and Johnny Adams bringing in multiples (two and three respectively).
The impressive win set up Game 3 for Sunday night back in Harwich, with many favoring the Mariners after their stellar Saturday night performance. Instead, it was the Anglers firing on all cylinders, once again claiming a 3-1 win, this one helping them advance to the East Division finals against the Y-D Red Sox.
The Anglers now travel to South Yarmouth today (Aug. 8) for a 4 p.m. start against the Sox, before returning home for Game 2 tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Veterans Field. Should a Game 3 be necessary, the teams will play Wednesday at Red Wilson Field beginning at 4 p.m. The series winner will play the winner of the Bourne-Falmouth West Division final in the Cape League Championship, set to start either Wednesday or Thursday.