By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
BREWSTER, M.A. - After coming off a heartbreak loss, the Whitecaps recovered quickly, with a win over Chatham.
Three southpaws came out to pitch for the Whitecaps and shut down the Anglers To help the Whitecaps get the 3-1 win. A win was a must for a team in the center of a playoff race and not a lot of games left in the regular season.
“When you're in a tight race like we are it is extremely important to come right back with a win after a tough loss,” Whitecaps manager Jamie Shevchik said. “We needed this win, we couldn't look ahead to tomorrow or even the next day we needed to lock down a win quickly.”
The Whitecaps took the early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Chris Lanzilli (Wake Forest) singled to bring in in Mac Bingham (Arizona) to score.
The Whitecaps scored yet again in the second inning after a balk by the Chatham pitcher to make it 2-0.
The Whitecaps scored their final run of the day in the third inning off a Will Simpson (Washington) single.
The Anglers scratched across one run, but it wasn't enough to get back in the ballgame.
The story of the game was the three lefties to pitch for the Whitecaps Brian Fitzpatrick (Rutgers), Michael Prosecky (Louisville), and Dale Stanavich (Rutgers).
Fitzpatrick started the game and went four innings, had six strikeouts, and only allowed two hits.
The star of the game was Michael Prosecky. He entered the game with bases loaded, zero outs, and a 1-0 count on the hitter. Even with the pressure, he was able to set down the Anglers in order and not allow a run.
“I wanted to just make sure none of those runs crossed and just shut the door,” Prosecky said.
Prosecky finished with eight strikeouts in only 3.1 innings.
“In a game like this it showed me when all of my stuff is working I can pitch incredibly well,” Prosecky said. “At the same time, it shows me how hard I have to work it is going to take me to keep all of my stuff working.”
Dale Stanavich was able to finish the game for the Whitecaps. He recorded the five-out save and had two strikeouts while not allowing a hit.
The Whitecaps now (16-8-2) will be at Y-D on Saturday night at 5 p.m in an east division battle.