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Chatham Baseball Upended by Mendham in Home Opener; DeMaria Belts Fourth Homer of the Season for Cougars

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Peter DeMaria hit his fourth homer of the season for Chatham on Tuesday vs. Mendham
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CHATHAM, NJ - It wasn't exactly an ideal home opener for the 2018 Chatham baseball team.

The first inning went pretty well for starting pitcher Ben Gorski, who got three of the first four batters he faced out and then came up with two outs in the bottom of the inning and doubled home Andrew Bergman to give Chatham the early lead.

But from that point on until Peter DeMaria pulled his fourth homer of the season over the left-field fence to give Chatham its final run, the game belonged to Mendham, which won its first game of the season, 15-3, in a five-inning mercy game played Tuesday at Chatham High School.

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"Embarrassing," Chatham coach Todd Leathers said. "We made some errors, we couldn't execute simple things. We just couldn't execute and it kind of snowballed. Guys got opportunities and didn't necessarily take advantage of them."

Mendham (2-1) batted around in both the third and fourth innings, scoring six runs each inning with the help of the Chatham pitchers, who walked seven batters and hit one during those two innings. The Minutemen managed just three hits apiece in those rallies.

Chatham (3-2) scored its second run in the fourth. Gorski singled for his second hit, moved to third on a base hit to center by Clay Delsandro and scored on Bobby Briganti's sacrifice fly. DeMaria led off with his home run in the fifth.

"Back to the drawing board," Leathers said. "We've got another game tomorrow (Wednesday at Hanover Park). We just have to keep working hard. Everyone is allowed one hiccup and we had ours in the fifth game of the season."

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