By: Koki Riley
CHATHAM, M.A, - Chandler Jozwiak (Texas A&M) knows how to finish with style.
In his final start in the Cape Cod Baseball League, the Brewster Whitecaps (11-10-1) lefty allowed no runs on six hits and three walks in five innings of work against a Chatham Anglers (14-8-1) team that owns the fourth most runs and has the best run differential in the Cape League.
Jozwiak now ends his Whitecaps career with a 1.74 earned run average in 20.2 innings pitched. A great summer that finished off quieting arguably the best team on the Cape in their own ball park.
“To shut down a Chatham lineup that is loaded from top to bottom you have to have good pitching,” Whitecaps head coach Jamie Shevchik said. “Jozwiak was great.”
“The defense behind me was amazing. The outfield made some great plays,” Jozwiak said.
1.2 scoreless frames from Billy McKay (UCF) and another 2.1 scoreless innings to finish off the game from Seth Lonsway (Ohio State) made for a remarkable bounce back performance from a Whitecaps bullpen that had been reeling in recent games.
Blowing a three-run lead on Saturday against Falmouth and being unable to maintain a tied score in Harwich on Thursday featured a Brewster pen that seemed unreliable following a hot start to the season.
“Billy did his job and Seth pitched his butt off,” Shevchik said. “Today was a pretty good effort from everybody.”
Offensively it wasn’t the prettiest of performances.
The Whitecaps mustered seven hits but also struck out 13 times against Chatham pitching.
But all the Brewster pitching staff needed on Sunday night were two big swings of the bat from Tyler Hardman (Oklahoma) and T.J. Collett (Kentucky).
Hardman’s two run shot in the fifth gave the Whitecaps a 2-0 lead despite not having a hit until that very frame. Collett’s solo shot then padded the lead for a Brewster team that took total control of the game from the fifth inning on.
“The pitching is so good, sometimes you’ve got to get lucky with a ball that goes over the fence,” Shevchik said. “That’s exactly what won us the game today.”
Brewster has Monday off but on Tuesday head to Orleans to face off against the Firebirds at 7 p.m.