CHATHAM – A pair of two-run innings led the Chatham Anglers to a 6-4 victory against the Harwich Mariners, keeping the home team at the top of the Cape League the night before the annual All-Star Game.
The visiting Mariners took an early lead in the July 20 outing, scoring their first run in the second inning when Dylan Neuse came in on a single to right from Chris Lanzilli, putting Harwich ahead 1-0.
Another two runs in the third gave the Mariners a comfortable 3-0 edge. Hal Hughes led off the top of the inning with a walk before Max Marusak earned the first out when he struck out, but a single from Chris Galland advanced Hughes just before a wild pitch during Joey Wiemer, Jr.'s at-bat sent Hughes and Galland to third and second respectively.
Another walk from Wiemer loaded the bases, paving the way for Michael Ludowig to bring home Hughes with a single to left. Next up was Neuse with a fielder's choice that caught Ludowig as he made his way to second, but the hit allowed Galland to make it home, putting Harwich ahead 4-0.
The Anglers responded in the bottom of the third with two runs to narrow Harwich's lead. After Huey Morrill was thrown out at first, Kaden Polcovich swung into a single. Next up was Ben Ramirez, who reached on a walk as Polcovich made it to second on a wild pitch, blazing home in the wake of Saul Garza's out en route to first for Chatham's first run.
A single to right from Paxton Wallace brought in Ramirez next before Harwich pitcher Carson Seymour brought the inning to a close.
A wild pitch brought in Marusak in the fifth, giving Harwich a little breathing room, but the Anglers kept battling, finding success with two runs apiece in both the seventh and eighth innings.
With Polcovich and Ramirez both on base and two outs on the board, Alejandro Toral hit a double to score them both, putting Chatham just one run behind Harwich. Two more runs in the eighth proved all the Anglers needed to eke out a win, the first coming when Jorge Arenas hit a bomb of a homer over Chatham's new scoreboard, and the second when Morrill scored on an error by Harwich catcher Michael Rothenberg.
The Anglers were expected to host the Y-D Red Sox, with whom they were tied for first place in the East Division as of press time, on July 25 at 7 p.m., before heading to Bourne. On Saturday the Anglers host the Kettleers at 7 p.m., with Harwich and Chatham are set to meet again at Whitehouse Field on Sunday beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, Harwich travels to Cotuit today for a 5 p.m. game before hosting the Y-D Red Sox tomorrow night at 6 p.m. On Saturday the Mariners head to South Yarmouth for a 4:45 p.m. game against the Sox.