By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
BREWSTER, M.A. - With the Whitecaps coming off their first off day of the season they had one thing in mind. That one thing was revenge against a team that had defeated them on Wednesday night.
The Whitecaps got that revenge by beating Chatham 5-2 for their first win of the young season. This was the Whitecaps' first win since the 2019 season due to covid forcing the 2020 season to be canceled.
“It feels good because getting that first win is tough,” Whitecaps Manager Jamie Shevchik said.
The win was backed by very impressive pitching from start to finish. Brian Fitzpatrick (Rutgers) started the game for the Whitecaps. In 3.1 innings pitched he tallied seven strikeouts and only allowed two runs. Fitzpatrick also struck out the side to start the game
“My whole focus this week was just making sure my body was ready,” Fitzpatrick said. “ It was awesome. I felt like I pitched well and it was a really good day for me.”
The rest of the Bullpen picked up right where Fitzpatrick left off. Ryan Cardona (Marist), Dale Stanavich (Rutgers), and Hunter Patteson (UCF) combined for seven more strikeouts to give the Whitecaps pitchers 14 total on the day. They also only gave up two hits and did not allow a single run.
“The bullpen dominated,” Shevchik said. With the bullpen as dominant as it was the Anglers of Chatham had no chance of coming back against the Whitecaps.
The Whitecaps’ offense rewarded their great pitching by tying their season-high in runs with five on the night. Three of them came in the bottom of the second.
With two men on Kurtis Byrne (TCU) came to the plate and laid down a bunt and it ended up resulting in the game's first run because of an aired throw by the Chatham third baseman. The next run came from Zach Neto (Campbell) in his first at-bat as a Whitecap. Neto hit a grounder to second that brought the runner in from third.
The final run in the inning came from the red-hot Nick Biddison (Virginia Tech). Biddison singled up the middle bringing home Kurtis Byrne (TCU).
The Whitecaps' next run came in the very next inning off a past ball by the catcher that scored Will Simpson (Washington) making it 4-0.
The Anglers made it interesting in the top of the fourth by scoring two runs but they were no match for the Whitecaps’ bullpen.
The fifth and final run for the Whitecaps came in the bottom of the sixth after Colin Davis (Wofford) drew a walk and then stole second Jake Thompson (Oklahoma State) stepped up and drove Davis home with a double.
The play of the game came from Zach Neto (Campbell) in the top of the sixth. Neto, playing shortstop, made an unbelievable Derek Jeter-like play that you will have to see to believe.
“I just put my glove out there and threw it on the run,” Neto said. It was really fun all the love the guys were showing me for making that play.”
The Whitecaps now (1-2-1) will try to continue their winning ways against defending Cape League champs Cotuit at home at 5 pm.