CHATHAM – The Harwich Mariners gave it a good effort against the Chatham Anglers last Saturday night, but errors on the part of the visitors and a five-run fourth inning from the home team propelled the A's to a 9-6 victory.
The Anglers put the first run of the game on the scoreboard in the second, hoping to set a tone early when Kyle McCann came home on a sac fly from Blake Sabol. Though they'd led off with a single from Greg Jones in the first, he was left stranded.
The Mariners seemed to make it a ballgame at the top of the third when they took a one-run lead. Ben Norman was the first to reach base on a leadoff single, with Tanner Morris moving him along with a single of his own. Matt Gorski drew the first out, but not before putting Morris and Norman on second and third respectively, setting up Aaron Schunk for a nice single to center that brought in Norman to even the score at 1-1.
After a pitching swap from Chatham starter Jack Conlon to Spencer Van Scoyoc, Andre Lipcius swung into a sac fly that drew the second out, but also brought in Morris, putting the Mariners ahead 2-1 as the inning came to a close on a strikeout by Danny Casals.
That lead was short-lived as the Anglers exploded in the fourth, pushing across five runs to take a commanding lead on a sublime summer evening. Michael Busch was first up to bat with a single to land on first, heading to second after Ben Ramirez walked following a Kyle McCann strikeout. Out No. 2 came during Rankin Woley's at-bat, but the Anglers weren't paying two outs and two men on any mind.
Next up was Sabol with a single that he parlayed into a race to third on an error by Harwich catcher Logan Driscoll that scored both Busch and Ramirez, giving Chatham back the lead. Jake Taylor then reached on a walk, with a wild pitch sending him to second as Sabol seized the opportunity to blaze home. Taylor scored a moment later on a single to left from Greg Jones before Harwich employed its own pitching change from Ricky DeVito to Joe La Sorsa. Meanwhile, Jones thieved second, scoring on an error from Harwich second baseman Nate Eikhoff before the third out came during Tristin English's at-bat, with Chatham now leading 6-2.
The determined Mariners narrowed the score a bit in the fifth when Morris scored on a putout from Lipcius, and Gorski came home on a passed ball, but three more Chatham runs in the seventh kept the Anglers out front. Two runs came in when Drew Mendoza hit a nice double to bring in English and Busch, with a single from Colin Simpson bringing in Mendoza, giving the A's a 9-4 edge.
Harwich scored twice more in the eighth when Lipcius swung into a deep two-run homer that brought in Schunk, making Angler fans a little nervous, but the Chatham bullpen clamped down for the game's remainder, with Van Scoyoc earning the win and Troy Miller the save.
The game marked the third outing between the teams, with Chatham claiming victory in all three. The teams meet again this Saturday (July 14) at Whitehouse Field for a 5:30 p.m. start. Both teams were rained out of their respective games on July 6, with each suffering tough losses on July 8, Chatham to the Y-D Red Sox, and Harwich to the Cotuit Kettleers.
The Anglers host Bourne tonight (July 12) at 7 p.m. before traveling to Orleans tomorrow night (July 13) for a 7 p.m. game against the Firebirds. Meanwhile, the Mariners travel to Brewster tonight for a 5 p.m. game before hosting the Whitecaps tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m.