By Ben Strober
Yarmouth-Dennis lost its fourth battle with Cotuit in a 10-3 dud, ending a four-game winning streak.
In all four meetings this season, Cotuit got the better of the East Division leaders.
The Kettleers’ hot bats were enough to cool down red-hot Yarmouth-Dennis, as they compiled 13 hits against the Cape’s top pitching staff.
Two-way star Cole Mathis crushed two homers and a strong start for Camron Hill put Cotuit firmly in the driver’s seat.
Gavin Bruni walked the first two he faced in the second then saw them advance to scoring position on a grounder. Brock Willis seized his opportunity with a sac-fly to put Cotuit in front.
Cotuit didn’t cool down in the third and put up a crooked six runs.
Mathis cranked out a two-run shot that prompted Bruni’s removal. Mathis’ eighth and ninth homers of the season firmly moves him up in the home run championship race with Hunter Hines.
Bruni’s 2.0 innings is the shortest start from a Y-D pitcher this summer.
Gage Williams entered from the pen and loaded the bases with a walk. The next batter, Sean Keys, crushed a grand slam to make it 7-0.
Trotter Harlan stepped up next and had arguably the most unlucky at-bat ever. The luck was on Y-D’s side.
Harlan crushed the first pitch, and it hit the top of the fence and bounced sky-high in the air. Braden Montgomery and Theo Hardy executed a perfect relay to hose Harlan trying to stretch a triple.
Kettleers’ starter Camron Hill started to slip slightly in the back half of third, and walked the bases loaded. Hill bounced back with an improbable two-straight strikeout to end the inning with nothing allowed.
Dub Gleed finally got Y-D on the board in the sixth with a run-scoring grounder.
Cotuit responded in an instant. Keys shot a gapper into left-center to bring in the Kettleers’ eighth run.
The Red Sox didn’t stop battling. Ryan Stafford made Cotuit’s lead five with a two-run shot to left.
Mathis then shot out his second homer of the game to extend Cotuit’s lead back to six.
The Kettleers tacked on one more in the ninth before they sealed their fourth win over the Red Sox this season.