HARWICH ─ The Harwich Mariners had 10 hits to Chatham's five on Saturday night, with three of those hits becoming key runs for the visiting squad, which earned a 3-0 shutout win at Whitehouse Field.
Along with solid hitting was stellar pitching as southpaw Jeff Belge earned the win for the A's. Belge lasted six innings in the outing, allowing four hits with no runs and only two walks with two K's before giving way to reliever Rodney Hutchison, Jr., who earned the save in three innings of work in which he also had two strikeouts while allowing just one hit.
The game began as a pitcher's duel between Belge and Harwich hurler Matthew Frisbee, who went just over four innings for the Mariners in which he allowed nine hits, three runs and two walks, with two strikeouts.
Though the Anglers put men on base early with Jake Palomaki leading off the game with a single to left, it took until the fourth inning for the A's to get past Frisbee. An error by Harwich third baseman Jonathan India allowed Chatham's Nick Patten to reach first to open the top of the frame, with Patten heading to second on a Josh Stowers single.
A fly out from Fabian Peña drew the first out, with another from Jeremy Peña making it two outs, but the latter fly ball did the job of advancing Patten and Stowers into scoring position for the A's. Next up was Mason Koppens who swung into a nice single to bring in both Patten and Stowers for unearned runs that put Chatham ahead 2-0 before Josh Shaw made the third out.
The bottom of the fourth was quick for Harwich with Belge retiring the side 1-2-3 between two fly balls and an easy 5-3 third out, setting things up for another Anglers at-bat that saw Stowers smack a nice double that scored Shea Langeliers, putting the A's up 3-0 at the top of five.
A Max Burt single in the bottom of the fifth gave Harwich fans hope even with two outs on the board, but Antoine Duplantis struck out swinging to end the inning.
From there the battle for hits and runs resumed with Harwich reliever Jamie Sara holding Chatham to just one hit in his 3.2 innings, with two walks and two strikeouts, while Cobie Vance was the last Mariner to have a hit in the bottom of the sixth, with Vance left stranded when Josh Smith struck out.
Harwich pitcher Cal Krueger stepped in for the top of the ninth with no hits, one walk and one strikeout, but Hutchison worked with teammates Jeremy Peña, Shaw, and Patten in a nice game-ending 6-4-3 double play that thwarted any hopes of a late-game rally for the Mariners.
In the end, Langeliers went 3-for-4 with one run, while Stowers went 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI and Patten 1-for-5 with a run. Koppens went 1-for-3 with two RBIs, while Palomaki and Shaw each went 1-for-4.
For Harwich, Vance went 2-for-4, Smith 1-for-4, and Burt 2-for-3.
After the All-Star break the Anglers travel to Cotuit on Sunday (July 23) for a 5 p.m. game, returning home Tuesday (July 25) to host the Y-D Red Sox, while Harwich hosts Orleans on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. before traveling to Orleans on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. start.