CHATHAM, Mass. In the best pitcher’s duel of the 2009 season, Chatham’s Tyler Lyons (Oklahoma State) outlasted Wareham’s Cole Green (Texas) as the Anglers beat the Gatemen 1-0 at Veterans Field. Green pitched 8 1/3 innings, allowing only two Chatham hits over that span. He struck out 11, including Whit Merrifield (South Carolina) to begin the bottom of the ninth. Lyons we equally as impressive, going 9 innings and facing only 1 batter above the minimum while striking out 11 and not walking a batter.
The game seemed destined for extra innings, but after Green’s 11th strikeout, he struggled to maintain command of the strike zone. Green issued three straight walks to Tom Belza (Oklahoma State), Matt Perry (Holy Cross), and Mike Murray (Wake Forest) to load the bases with one out.
Wareham head coach Cooper Farris went to the bullpen, bringing in Jordan Swagerty (Arizona State) in an unenviable situation, the winning run only 90 feet away. Swagerty lasted only one batter, as a line drive off the bat of Dean Green (Oklahoma State) glanced off of Ryan Pineda’s (Cal State Northridge) glove into right field, bringing home the winning run.
The Gatemen (14-12-4) had only two baserunners in the contest – Ryan LaMarre (Michigan), who reached on a two-out single in the fourth inning, and Brett Eibner (Arkansas), who hit a two-out double in the eighth and was stranded there. LaMarre extended his hitting streak to seven games, his longest of the season.
Cotuit’s win over Bourne elevates the Kettleers into a first place tie with the Gatemen. Wareham will try to bounce back Monday at 5:00 on the road against Brewster (11-14-4). The Whitecaps split a doubleheader Sunday against Falmouth. CCBL All-Star Jack Armstrong (Vanderbilt) will be the starting pitcher for Wareham.
WP: Lyons (2-2), LP: Green (0-1)