WAREHAM- The Gatemen have held off the surging Kettleers in the West Division standings but that all may change tonight at 6:45 in a battle that decides the division leader
The Gatemen and Kettleers have had a very similar last couple of games. Both teams are 5-5 in their last 10 games and have shown flashes of being great but have also had off-nights. The first team to find consistency may be the one who sits atop the Western Division at the end of the season.
Cotuit has been a middle of the pack team in both pitching and hitting. The offense is led by Nick Gonzales (New Mexico State). Gonzales has been an absolute fore on the Cape this summer currently hitting .349 with 18 RBI and 4 HR. Reid Johnston (NC State) has possible been the best pitcher on the pitching staff. In 11 innings Johnston has an .81 ERA.
Allbry Major (Xavier) has a hit in 9 out of the last 10 games and is batting .368 on the season. The problem has been finding success throughout the entire lineup. While the top of the pitching staff and lineup has flourished the same cannot be said for the rest of the team.
This is what separates the Gatemen and the Kettleers. The Gatemen have found success from top to bottom, the problem has just been getting that success night in and not out. Jacob Teter (Florida Southern) has been the catalyst on offense currently ranked as the 6thbest batting average in the CCBL. Teter is batting .341 with 2 HR and 15 RBI and right behind him ranked 7thand 8thare Darren Baker (Cal Berkely) and Braiden Ward (Washington).
Baker is batting .338, and Ward is batting .329 with 2 HR and 11 RBI. Ward has been a complete player leading the CCBL with 14 stolen bases and has been phenomenal on defense like Baker. As for pitching Ian Bedell has been of the charts for the Gatemen. Bedell has the second best ERA in the CCBL (.92) and has struck out 20 batters in 19.2 innings of action.
The offense has been too hot and cold for the Gatemen. In a double header sweep the Gatemen failed to string together any offense against the Mariners. This happened earlier in the season in a similar type of sweep against the Orleans Firebirds and if the Gatemen want to win the West Division there needs to be less of those performances.
Last night the offense was not an issue in a 12-10 win over the Hyannis Harbor Hawks. Last night it was the pitching that was almost the downfall for the Gatemen. Wareham currently ranks 2ndto last in team ERA in the CCBL (4.18). If Wareham finds consistent offense and can find success pitching it may be the most balanced roster in the CCBL.
Cotuit is fresh off a 8-6 win over the Bourne Braves. Parker Chavers (Coastal Carolina) has broken out for the Braves recently and had himself a good night going 2-4 with 3 RBI. Chavers’ college teammate Zachary McCambley (Coastal Carolina) was lights out on the mound pitching 4 innings only allowing 1 run on 1 hit.
Looking to emulate that performance on the mound tonight for Cotuit is Christopher Farrell (William and Mary). Farrell is 0-1 with an 8.18 ERA in 11 innings. Opposing him is Wiilliam Fleming (Wake Forest). Fleming is 0-1 with an ERA of 5.72 in 11 innings pitched.
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, C – Miami
5. Matt McClain, 3B – UCLA
6. Mike Antico, DH – St. Johns
7. Benjamin Sems, SS – Kansas
8. Mat Rudick, RF – San Diego State
9. Tora Otsuka, LF – San Diego
SP. William Fleming- Wake Forest
1. Nick Gonzales, 2B – New Mexico State
2. Allbry Major, RF – Xavier
3. Parker Chavers, CF – Coastal Carolina
4. Coltyn Kessler, DH - Kentucky
5. Casey Schmitt, 3B – San Diego State
6. Mason McWhorter, 1B – Georgia Southern
7. Adam Oviedo, SS – TCU
8. Robert Martin, LF – Florida State
9. Sam Ferri, C – Arizona State
SP. Christopher Farrell – William and Mary
Photo by: Kristin Ostrowski