BUZZARDS BAY – The Chatham Anglers were one out away from achieving a feat no other Cape Cod Baseball League team has been able to accomplish this summer: defeating the Bourne Braves.
Chatham overcame an early deficit Monday night to garner a one-run lead in the top of the fifth inning and preserved it until the final out of the bottom of the ninth. That’s when Bourne pinch-hitter Braylen Wimmer (South Carolina) hit what sounded like a broken-bat single into right field to plate Zachary Agnos (East Carolina) and tie the game 3-3.
Anglers closer Trevor Martin (Oklahoma State) bounced back to get Joe Lampe (Arizona State) to ground into a fielder’s choice to end the ninth inning with the score locked at 3, and that’s how the game ended due to a new rule the Cape League implemented this season ending extra-inning play.
“Tying all the time is a crappy feeling,” said Chatham’s All-American catcher from Georgia Tech, Kevin Parada, who finished Monday’s game 2 for 4 with an RBI. “We didn’t really pay attention to their record — I’m sure people knew they were undefeated — but everybody’s here to compete. Tying is tough, but it’s better than a loss.”
Bourne (6-0-1) garnered a 1-0 run in the bottom of the first after first baseman Dalton Rushing plated his University of Louisville teammate Christian Knapczyk with a sacrifice fly off Chatham’s starting pitcher, Aaron Davenport, a right-handed hurler from the University of Hawaii.
Davenport surrendered one more run in the second — Agnos scored from third on a wild pitch — before tossing a scoreless third. That’s as far as he went before Chatham turned to reliever Adam Tulloch, a lefty from West Virginia University who has been one of the Anglers’ strongest arms thus far.
After pitching three innings of one-hit ball when he made his debut in a 3-2 loss at Yarmouth-Dennis on June 22, Tulloch dazzled once again Monday. He ultimately became the first Chatham (3-3-2) pitcher to return to the mound for a fourth inning, a decision he said was made after he consoled manager Tom Holliday and pitching coach Dennis Cook once he returned to the dugout following the sixth inning.
“We’ve been doing three innings for each guy and I was feeling really good after the third inning so I just decided to go out there for the fourth,” Tulloch said. “I told T.H. and Cookie I was feeling great.”
The lefty allowed just two hits and he struck out six batters and walked none in his four innings of work. Despite experiencing some struggles at WVU this spring, Tulloch said the key to his dominant start on the Cape has been his confidence, particularly when it comes to commanding his pitches.
“Being able to command my fastball inside and out and really get my slider in there as well as my changeup — those have really helped,” he said. “We’ve got a great defense out there. Every guy can play and it feels really great to have a good defense like that behind you.”
While Tulloch was dealing on the rubber, the Anglers’ bats also came alive at the plate. Parada put the team on the board in the third with an RBI single that scored Seth Stephenson (Temple College), and Caeden Trenkle (Oklahoma State) tied it 2-2 when he brought Stephenson (3 for 3, 2 runs) home with an RBI single in the fifth.
After Trenkle advanced to third on a double by Parada, another Georgia Tech slugger, Jake DeLeo, gave the visitors a 3-2 advantage when he brought Trenkle home with a sac fly to right.
With a 3-2 lead intact, Adam Scoggins (Oral Roberts) replaced Tulloch on the mound in the bottom of the eighth. The lefty struck out the final two batters of the inning before returning to start the ninth. He struck out Rushing for the first out of the frame before the coaching staff decided to bring in Martin, a hard-throwing righty who earned the save June 21 when Chatham defeated Orleans 6-3 in its home opener.
However, Monday didn’t go as smoothly for Martin. After giving up a single to Agnos to begin his outing, the closer bounced back to get Colby Thomas (Mercer) to fly out for the second out of the inning before Colton Bender (Quinnipiac) singled to give the Braves runners at first and second with two down.
Wimmer then approached the plate and snuck his game-tying single into right to help Bourne remain the only unbeaten team in the league.
Orleans 2, Harwich 1
Connor Kokx (Long Beach State) gave Orleans a 2-1 lead in the bottom half of the fifth inning when he hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Jordan Sprinkle (UCLA), and the Firebirds held on to improve to 3-3-1 after defeating the Mariners (3-4-0) at Eldredge Park on Monday night.
Harwich took a 1-0 lead in the top half of the fifth when Zack Prajzner (Notre Dame) hit an RBI single to center field that scored Ben Malgeri (Northeastern). Orleans quickly evened the score in the bottom half of the frame as Rhylan Thomas (Southern California) notched an RBI single that brought his USC teammate Garret Guillemette around to score.
Jack Filby (UCLA) earned the victory for the Firebirds after pitching 2.2 innings of relief. Harwich starter Evan Shawver (6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 12 K, 0 BB), a righty from the University of Cincinnati, took the loss for the Mariners.
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