CHATHAM- Expect a heavyweight slug fest between the East Division leaders Chatham Anglers (7-5-1) and West Division leaders Wareham Gatemen (7-5-1)
The Chatham Anglers are fresh off a 4-1 loss against the Bourne Braves (5-6). It was an unusually quiet day for the Anglers offense only registering 3 hits. Chatham is built on power hitting 9 home runs on the season.
A lot of that offense came from the bat of Spencer Torkelson (ASU) who is touted by many as the consensus number one selection for the 2020 MLB draft. In just 5 games for the Anglers this season Torkelson hit 2 home runs batting (.385). Unfortunately for Chatham Torkelson was recently selected to play for team USA.
Jamal OGuinn II (USC) has proven to be just as capable this season batting (.302) with 3 home runs. Jorge Arenas (Stetson) has also been a valuable piece for the Angler offense batting (.333).
Chatham and Wareham both have a team ERA of (.312) so the game may all well be decided on what team has better offense.
This could play into the hands of Wareham who leads the CCBL with a team batting average of (.291). Wareham also has the most hits in CCBL with 120; the next best being 99. Jacob Teter (Florida Southern), Benjamin Sems (Kansas), and Darren Baker (Cal Berkeley) have been the driving forces for the Gatemen offense.
Teter leads the CCBL with a batting average of (.375), Sems is second in batting average (.357) and Baker is 6th(.320). Pay special attention to Teter who is batting (.500) in his last 5 games and has been possibly the hottest hitter in the CCBL.
Wareham is coming off a dominant 11-0 win against the Brewster White Caps (6-6-1). Teter and the offense were great, but Brandon Pfaadt stole the show pitching 4 innings of no-hit baseball. The pitching has really improved for the Gatemen the last couple of games.
On the mound for Wareham tonight is Levi Prater (Oklahoma). This season with the Sooners Prater was 9-8 with an ERA of (3.32) in 63.2 innings striking out 79 batters.
On the rubber for Chatham is Jack Owen (Auburn). Owen was 4-2 with an ERA of 2.75 in 68.2 innings striking out 59 batters.
Here are the lineups:
1. Braiden Ward, CF – Washington
2. Darren Baker, 2B – Cal Berkeley
3. Jacob Teter, 1B – Florida Southern
4. Adrian Del Castillo, RF – Miami
5. Matt McLain, SS – UCLA
6. Dallas Beaver, C – UCF
7. JP Gates, DH – Miami
8. Chad Stevens, 3B – Portland
9. Matt Rudick, LF – San Diego State
SP: Levi Prater – Oklahoma
1. Tyler Doanes, 2B – West Virginia
2.Hueston Morrill, SS – Oklahoma State
3. Kaden Polcovich, CF – Oklahoma State
4. Jamal O’Guinn, RF – USC
5. Brady Smith, C – Florida
6. Alex Toral, 1B – Miami
7. Paxton Wallace, DH – Wichita State
8. Cooper Swanson, LF – Florida State
9. Jorge Arenas, 3B – Stetson
SP: Jack Owen – Auburn