By Brian Willwerth
COTUIT, MA – In a Cape Cod Baseball League matchup between the first-place team in the east and the last-place team in the west, Harwich pitcher Chris Stratton was at the top of his game. It didn’t hurt that he had plenty of help from his teammates.
Stratton, a sophomore from Mississippi State, threw eight-shutout innings as the Mariners defeated the Cotuit Kettleers on Monday night, 10-0.
While Stratton was masterful on the mound, his teammates struck for 13 hits off of Cotuit pitchers, four of them coming off the bat of right-fielder Austin Wilson, a freshman from Stanford. Wilson had the most memorable hit of the game: a mammoth home run over everything in left. He would add an RBI double later in the game. The Mariners also got multiple-hit games from Mike Garza (Georgetown,) Jake Davies (Georgia Tech) and Darnell Sweeney (Central Florida.)
It was a rough outing for Cotuit starting pitcher R.J. Fondon, a junior out of Florida International. He gave up seven runs over five innings. He dropped to [2-2] on the season.
Stratton, on the other hand, improved to [1-1] with three no-decisions. He hasn’t given up a run in each of his last two outings. With Monday night’s gem, he lowered his ERA to 1.74.
On Tuesday night, Harwich hosts Wareham, while Cotuit remains home to take on Orleans.