The Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox dropped its battle with Cotuit, falling 6-2 in a lackluster evening offensively.
The Red Sox only put three hits on the board and couldn’t score for eight-straight innings after taking an early lead.
“Cotuit threw well, but we got guys feeling sorry for ourselves,” field manager Scott Pickler said. “They’re living in the past.”
Cotuit starter Camron Hill lacked control in his first three batters and juiced the bases with no one out.
Dub Gleed gave YD the lead, lofting a run-scoring sac fly. Hill, however, only allowed that lone run despite the horrific start.
Cotuit struck right back thanks to defensive miscues.
With runners on the corners and one away, YD catcher Connor Dykstra uncorked a poor throw on his back-pick attempt. The second error of the first inning brought in the tying-run.
“It’s hard to win games when you allow too many free passes,” Pickler said.
Cotuit then grabbed the lead on Jacob Tobias’ two-out RBI single.
Stephen settled in nicely following the first and kept Cotuit at bay. YD’s offense stayed quiet and failed to notch a hit through five innings.
Cotuit had changed pitchers twice, but not for reasons of struggle. They were dominant.
“They’ve got to change their attitude at the plate,” Pickler said. “We can’t worry about the last at-bat.”
Dominance on the bump translated to the plate for the Kettleers. Carter Mathison and Tobias broke through with RBI singles in the fifth, extending Cotuit’s lead to 4-1.
Blake Aita entered with two outs in the lengthy fifth and issued a bases-loaded walk.
Max Viera blooped a leadoff single in the sixth to end Cotuit’s no-hit bid. Viera’s single amounted to nothing, as Jacob Shafer induced an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
“We’ve got a couple of pretty good hitters who had a couple of bad at-bats and hanging their heads,” Pickler said.
It was one of those nights offensively for the Red Sox — nothing was working. Brady Day marked their second hit in the eighth but nothing came of it.
A leadoff homer from Hines in the ninth served as YD’s first run since the first inning.
The tying run sat on deck after a mini Red Sox rally, but Chase Hopewell shut the door with three-straight strikeouts to end the game.
“We’re going to have to learn to play every day,” Pickler said. “