“I felt great today,” Chatterton said. “I was coming off of a week rest. Everything went well and my pitches were moving. This was my only shutout so far, so it was definitely the best outing of the year for me.”
While pitching excelled for both teams, it was Pentucket’s tentative approach at inopportune times, as well as frustration offensively, that became the story.
“I thought the story of the game was they were aggressive when they needed to be, while we were tentative at the wrong times,” said Pentucket head coach Tom L’Italien. “The team that plays best on that particular day puts itself in the best situation to be successful, and I think Triton played better than us today.
“We need to do a better job at putting our bats away. I felt we carried some at bats with us into the field and the next at bat. You cant do that against a great pitcher. You can’t focus on your last at bat, you need to focus on your next one.”
While the loss is certainly frustrating for a team only allowing four hits, the win is crucial for a Triton team still holding on to postseason aspirations. With five games remaining, the Vikings need wins in three to qualify. Pentucket, on the other hand, is just one win shy with five games left.
It’s a feat the Sachems can accomplish with a win this afternoon against Newburyport.
“The good thing is that we are right back on the saddle playing Newburyport (today) in what should be a battle,” L’Italien said. “We are looking forward to it, I’m sure they’re looking forward to it, and we are looking to play a much better game.”