08/07/2009 10:54 AM
7 August 2009
Cotuit Cruises Past Wareham in Elimination Round
COTUIT, Mass.—Cotuit struck early in the one-game elimination round against Wareham to cruise to a 5-2 victory over the Gatemen Friday afternoon. Cotuit will move on to face either Bourne or Y-D tomorrow in the second round of the playoffs. The Kettleers had quality pitching from their starter Justin Grimm (Georgia) and reliever Ben Rowen (Virginia Tech) to keep them ahead of the Gatemen, with the hitters stepping up with some big hits early in the game.
Despite feeling erratic before the game, Grimm pitched six-plus strong innings, allowing only three hits and one unearned run in the fourth inning before being relieved by submariner Rowen. Grimm’s 2.84 season ERA is sixth on the well-stacked pitching staff in Cotuit. He let up a hit on his first pitch of the game, giving up a double to Wareham third baseman Shea Vucinich (Washington St.) but said, “I found all three of my pitches and located them for the most part. I fell out of rhythm those last couple of innings but my defense made some big plays and got me out of them.”
Noel crossed the plate on an RBI single by Zach Cone (Georgia) to start the fifth, and Stanley finished the inning by hitting his second home run of the season, a two-run home run that plated Cone and pushed the Kettleers to a 5-1 advantage.
Ashley Crosby can be reached at [email protected]
Interns: Chris Blake, James Chandley, Ashley Crosby, Phil Garceau, Michael Campbell, Katy Ann Fitzpatrick