Ketts Streak Way To Top Of The West

 July 1, 2005


After defeating the Hyannis Mets Sunday by a score of 4-3, the Cotuit Kettleers charged back after being down 2-0 in the bottom of the eighth Monday to defeat the Bourne Braves 5-2. The team then got a little help Tuesday. Leading 4-2 in the top of the eighth, darkness caused their game at Yarmouth-Dennis to be called, making it three wins in a row.

Lefty Charles Blackmon has posted
a 1-0 record so far.
Don Parkinson  / Enterprise

Tuesday at Y-D Charles Blackmon (Young Harris) picked up the win in five-plus innings of work allowing two runs on two hits. Barret Browning earned the save in two innings of relief.

The Kettleers scored in the top of the first on a Brad Boyer sacrifice fly that brought home Emeel Salem (Alabama) with the first run of the game. The Red Sox put two on the scoreboard in the bottom of the frame, but the Kettleers came back in the top of the fourth with RBI base hits by Bryan Harris (LSU) and Salem to take a 4-2 lead. Sean Gaston (Notre Dame) made it 5-2 in the top of the fifth with a sacrifice bunt that scored Boyer.

Salem finished the seven inning contest 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Harris was also 2-for-4 with an RBI.

The Kettleers robbed the Braves on Monday turning a 2-0 Bourne lead into a 5-2 Cotuit win.

The Braves held the upper hand through seven innings but went to their bullpen for left-hander Brandon Miller (Fresno State) to face Julio Borbon (Tennessee) and Salem. Miller walked both Borbon and Salem. A throwing error then allowed Todd Davison (Delaware) to reach, loading the bases and setting the stage for a big Cotuit inning. Three errors by the Braves only threw fuel on the fire as five Kettleers came around to score.

Clay Dirks (LSU), who has been outstanding in his three appearances for Cotuit, pitched the first five innings. In his 16 innings of work he has struck out 15 while walking just three, posting an ERA of 0.00. Daniel Moskos (Clemson) picked up the win in relief with Chris Toneguzzi (Purdue) earning his second save.

For Toneguzzi, a sophomore for the Boilermakers it is his second season of summer baseball. He played for his hometown Thunder Bay (Ontario) Border Cats of the Northwoods League last year where he set a franchise record with 16 saves.

After going up 3-0 in the third inning Sunday against Hyannis, the Kettleers almost let it get away when the Mets came back in the top of the seventh to tie it at 3-3. Darkness was closing in but before it could Michael Hollander (LSU) lobbed a sacrifice fly into left field scoring Borbon with the winning run.

Derik Olvey (Notre Dame) picked up the win in and inning and two-thirds of relief while Fighting Irish teammate Sean Gaston tore-up Hyannis pitching going 4-for-4 with an RBI and run scored.

Cotuit lost the team lead in stolen bases this week as Orleans moved ahead by seven, 35-28. The Cardinals are led by stolen base leader Emmanuel Burriss (Kent State) who alone has 16 steals. Salem leads Cotuit with nine steals followed by Shane Jordan (Stetson) with six.

The Kettleers are at Wareham tonight at 7 and at Harwich tomorrow. They return home Sunday for a 5 PM game with the Brewster Whitecaps.


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