By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
CHATHAM, M.A.- The Whitecaps went into the night still seeking their first win and despite some great pitching, they will head into the first off-day a winless team.
After falling behind 1-0 early in the second inning the Whitecaps were never able to come back and ended up falling to the Anglers 4-2 despite showing some grit and toughness towards the end of the game.
“We showed that we had grit,” Whitecaps Manager Jamie Shevchik said. “I feel like we are one break away from breaking through on the offensive end.”
The Whitecaps who looked lifeless for six innings finally showed that grit in the seventh inning when Jake Thompson (Oklahoma State) had a double to get the Whitecaps into scoring position. Then stepped up the red-hot Will Simpson (Washington) who ripped a line drive to right field bringing home Thompson from second.
That was followed by back-to-back singles by Clay Owens (USC) and Dylan Simmons (Florida State) to get the bases loaded for Gavin Cross (Virginia Tech).
Unfortunately Cross hit a laser right to the second baseman who then made the throw to first to turn the double play and stop the Whitecaps rally in the seventh.
The Whitecaps would scratch across one more run before getting blanked in the ninth to end the game. The run came off of a Colin Davis (Wofford) sacrifice fly that brought in Alex Freeland (UCF) from third.
The Whitecaps were able to stay in the game behind some dominant pitching, especially from starting pitcher Teddy McGraw (Wake Forest) and Dale Stanavich (Rutgers) who came in relief.
McGraw, making his first appearance in the Cape League, tossed 3.2 innings striking out six and only allowing one run and two hits.
“I had fun. I was pretty satisfied with the way I threw today, but I still have a lot of stuff to work on,” McGraw said.
Dale Stanavich, making his first Cape League appearance as well on his Birthday, struck out two batters and set the Anglers down in order in one inning pitched.
"It felt great to be out there for my team, even though we lost I had to go out there and do my thing to help the team as best as I could, “ Stanavich said.
One more thing the Whitecaps have to look forward to is their newly signed player Zach Neto out of Campbell “From what he showed at practice he is going to be a big help on the offensive side,” assistant coach for the Whitecaps Ej Devarie said. “He also showed that he is a team player by encouraging a lot of the guys and being into the game for every pitch.”
The Whitecaps now (0-2-1) will have their first off day of the year tomorrow and will be back Friday at home at 5 pm for a revenge game against Chatham.