By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
COTUIT, M.A. - For the third time this year, the Whitecaps have defeated the Cotuit Kettleers.
It was a hot and humid day on the Cape, but that didn't stop the Whitecaps from picking up their twelfth win on the season. It also helped them maintain first place, a spot they have been in since last week.
The Whitecaps won by a score of 7-3.
Picking up in the third. The Whitecaps had two men on, and the newly acquired Chris Lanzilli (Wake Forest) singled, bringing in both runners.
Lanzilli has been here before. It was only a few years ago that he played with the Harwich Mariners.
“I’m really happy to be in the lineup, playing baseball anywhere is fun,” Lanzilli said. “I had little first-day nerves, but getting that hit was such a relief.”
Cotuit would slowly make their way back. They scored a run both in the fourth and sixth inning to tie the game at two.
Like the previous night, the seventh inning was huge for the Whitecaps.
After a wild pitch advanced the Whitecaps runners to second and third. Mac Bingham (Arizona) hit a sacrifice fly to score a run.
Next up was Jake Thompson (Oklahoma State). He doubled, scoring another run for the Whitecaps.
The final two runs of the inning came off the bat of Nick Biddison (Virginia Tech). He singled with the bases loaded to make the game 6-2.
Cotuit was able to scratch across a run in the bottom of the seventh.
The Whitecaps gained one more run off another Mac Bingham (Arizona) sacrifice fly making the score 7-3, which would end up being the final.
Hunter Patteson (UCF) started for the Whitecaps. He went four innings, allowed four hits, one run, and had two strikeouts.
Michael Prosecky (Louisville) and Griffin Green (Virginia Tech) both came in relief. They shut the door on the Kettleers.
The play of the game for the Whitecaps came from Dillon Carter (Texas Tech). In the bottom of the eighth, a Cotuit player was trying to stretch a single into a double. Carter threw the runner out back by the warning track.
The biggest story for the Whitecaps has been the new additions, Chris Lanzilli (Wake Forest) and Chad Castillo (California Baptist).
“Those two guys have been great, just look at their stats,” Whitecaps assistant Ej Devarie said. “We look better right now on the offensive end, they filled some holes.”
The Whitecaps now (12-7-2) will be at home against Wareham at 5 p.m. It will be Mason Barnett’s last start of the summer.