By Shane Petagna
Despite the rain and strong winds, it was a perfect day on the field for the Cotuit Kettleers in a 15-0 rout of the Lexington Blue Sox on Sunday afternoon.
Five Kettleers pitchers combined for a no-hitter in the seven-inning exhibition at Lowell Park.
Paulshawn Pasqualotto started the game for Cotuit, tossing a perfect frame and striking out a batter before handing the ball over to Chase Hopewell for the second inning. The right-hander out of Cincinnati threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings, with one walk and one strikeout.
Derek McCarley replaced Hopewell to finish the third inning and pitched the entire fourth inning. The southpaw faced the minimum over his 1 2/3 innings, punching out two Lexington hitters.
Jackson Emus and Cameron Mayer finished off the last three innings for Cotuit, with Mayer manning the sixth and seventh innings. He struck out the side in the sixth, freezing all three batters on his breaking ball for backward K’s.
However, the Kettleers offense was not to be overlooked either. Switch-hitter Brock Rodden had a huge day at the plate, tallying five RBIs. Rodden opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning with a triple down the right-field line that plated two.
Cotuit began to pour it on in the third inning, batting around the order and scoring six runs. Rodden, Keaton Anthony, Irvin Weems, and Brett Bateman all recorded RBI hits in the frame to make it an 8-0 game. All four hitters finished the afternoon with multiple runs batted in.
“We got a bunch of really good hitters and I think that adjustment just comes a little bit more natural whenever you have the type of lineup that we have,” said Rodden.
Cotuit has one more scrimmage before the regular season starts on Saturday. The Kettleers travel to play the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks of the NECBL on Monday at 5 p.m.