Day 22: Y-D @ Chatham

by Andrew Wirtanen in


Aaron Luna (Rice) battingIt's pretty easy to see why Y-D is sitting atop the east division. They are 2nd in the Cape in team batting average (1st in home runs) and 1st in team ERA (and wins and saves). Y-D defeated the Chatham A's 4-1 on a rainy Friday night, and there is no doubt in my mind that they are a serious contender for repeating as league champions. The game had a delayed 7:40pm start due to passing showers. Light rain fell throughout the game, but over 1200 fans stayed to watch the game at Veteran's Park.

Y-D starter Eddie Burns (Georgia Tech) pitched seven strong innings and sidearmer Nick Cassavechia (Baylor) closed the door with four strikeouts to earn the save, his 5th of the season. With his help, the Y-D Red Sox are 13-0 this season when leading after seven innings. The usual suspects combined for four runs and eight hits, with Grant Green (USC) and Sean Ochinko (LSU) each with two hits. Aaron Luna (Rice) hit a solo 390 foot homer to center for his first hit of the season since arriving on Cape from the College World Series (Rice lost to UNC in the semifinals).

Several Chatham defensive mistakes, including one error and some bad luck, did not contribute to the A's effort to fight back. Chatham bats were certainly not silent though, with 10 hits. Kyle Seager (UNC) and three other players had two hits. Seager is hitting .412 (7 for 17) in the six games he has played since arriving in Chatham.

Below is a video of Y-D star Gordon Beckham (Georgia) getting a single. Click here for my photoset from the game.

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