Look out for the Hawks! Hyannis climbing out of the Eastern Division basement

by Andrew Wirtanen in


On my short stay this week on the Cape, I've been able to catch two Hyannis games (by pure coincidence). In both games, Hyannis did an amazing job on capitalizing on mistakes and their bats have become increasingly active. Watch out for them to become a contender in the Eastern Division! I arrived at the game in the 3rd inning (almost an hour in!), but I was told that Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown threw the first pitch in a gray Harbor Hawks T-shirt. He could be seen walking around McKeon Park talking to locals. The score was tied 2-2 when I arrived, and I expected the final score to be a couple runs different. The final score was 14-3 and the game lasted  3 hours and 15 minutes!

In the bottom of the 4th, Cotuit's Kyle Finnegan (Texas St.) hit a couple batters in a row. Cotuit was quick to the bullpen and sent in Ryan Connolly (Coastal Carolina) to try to clean up the mess. Connolly walked the next batter, and the bases were loaded.... and that's when it happened: A GRAND SLAM for Harbor Hawk Brandon Trinkwon (UCSB). With 4 hits and 5 total RBIs, Brandon was the clear MVP of the game. After the grand slam to right field, you could see fireworks in the distance (coincidence?).

The Kettleers were unable to get anything going the rest of the game, and the Hyannis bats stayed hot. Every batter on the Hawks lineup reached base, and all-but-one had at least one hit. The Hawks have a very powerful lineup #1-#5:

  1. Trinkwon (UCSB): .314, 14 RBIs, 2HRs
  2. Doran (Stanford): .278, 9 RBIs, 1HR
  3. Garver (New Mexico): .325, 11 RBIs, 2 HRs
  4. Zebedis (Presbyterian): .286, 7 RBIs
  5. Callaway (Appalachian): .288, 11 RBIs, 1HR

Look for these Hawks to make some noise.

p.s. Has anyone seen the Hyannis Harbor Hawk mascot and the dance competition? Hilarious! That's worth a trip to Hyannis by itself.


Harbor Hawks Slide Past Anglers on Monday Night, 8-4

by Andrew Wirtanen in


It's the 4th of July week, and Cape games are busier than usual. With an official attendance of 2144 at Veteran's Field on Monday 7/2/12, the Harbor Hawks upset the home favorites. With both teams' batting averages hovering around .220, this game came down to errors and pitching. When opportunity struck, the Harbor Hawks took advantage and took the win 8-4. Chatham on Monday night 7/2/12

Here are my highlights (no particular order):

  • Chatham's Aaron Brown (Pepperdine) struggled with his control in the top of the 5th, hitting 3 Harbor Hawks in a row. This led to 4 runs and paved the way for an unsurmountable Hyannis lead. Before the night, Brown had pitched 3.2 innings with 4 strikeouts. Clearly this was simply one bad outing  and I expect him to bounce back. To my surprise, both teams actually hit 5 batters each. Brown wasn't the only one with control issues.
  • The radar guns went up for Hyannis' Peter Miller (Florida State) in the 9th inning. In his 2nd game, Peter struck out two and seems to have locked down the Harbor Hawks closer spot.
  • Chatham's Michael Fransoso (Maine) is quite the dirt dog. He made an amazing dive and putout in the 2nd to catch the lead runner at 3rd.... A very daring play.
  • The only home run of the night belonged to Chatham's Chad Pinder (Virginia Tech), who popped one just over the right field wall. He went 2/4 with 2 RBIs on the night.
  • Is Chatham's Adam Engel (Louisville) the fastest man alive? I can't believe he's 6'2" and 213. I don't weigh much more than him and I certainly can't run that fast. He leads the league with 11 stolen bases.
  • The Hyannis bats lit up when they need to. Brandon Trinkwon (Santa Barbara) and Mitchell Garver (New Mexico) drove in 5 runs collectively.
  • I won a canal cruise and $25 to the Red Nun in the 50/50 raffle!

The Bourne Supremacy--Bourne Wins 1st CCBL Championship

by Andrew Wirtanen in


Arnold Mycock Trophy Bourne Braves celebrating

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The Bourne Braves have won their first ever Cape Cod Baseball League championship after a 5-1 win in game 2 at Lowell Park in Cotuit.

MVP: Kyle Roller (East Carolina) - Bourne Braves

"Here's a situation where the Bourne Braves just had more gas in the tank than Cotuit... Great way to finish it and good relief pitching by both teams." - John Garner, CCBL PR/Broadcast Director


A Grimm day at the park for Wareham

by Greg in


I live near the Nobska lighthouse in Woods Hole during the so-called summer. Every morning this summer the deep groan of the fog horn has awakened me from sleep, indicating fog and rain. But today it was quiet. The sun was bright. The air was warm, and you could see for miles in the haze-free August skies. Hall of Famer Ernie Banks once said of a day like this, "It's a beautiful day for a ball game. Let's play two."

That was the plan today in the Cape Cod Baseball League as Friday was set aside as the first round of playoffs for two games. Four teams hoped to advance to the semi-finals against the division champion Bourne Braves (West) and the Y-D  Red Sox (East).

We decided to forego the Orleans v. Chatham night game. Instead, I drove the boys to Cotuit this afternoon and caught the 3pm first pitch of the Wareham Gatemen at Cotuit Ketleers elimination game. It was a bright, sparkling afternoon at Lowell Field and we settled in among the Wareham fans along the first base line. We were slightly pulling for Cotuit since a win for the Kettleers would mean more games closer to home.

GrimmLead-off batter Shea Vucinich (Washington State) came out swinging for the Gatemen, taking Cotuit's Justin Grimm of Georgia (right) to left for a double. We had just passed through the forest trail in left field as the first pitch was thrown.

After that glimmer of hope for Wareham, Grimm settled in for the remaining 6 innings. He eventually would strikeout 10 and give up just 3 hits and one run.

Cotuit eliminated Wareham 5-2 to advance in the CCBL playoffs. Despite the loss, I couldn't help feeling that John Wylde would have been pleased with his Gatemen, who enjoyed a good season and a playoff berth. His initials adorned the Wareham uniform all season.

You'd have to give Grimm first-round MVP props. The Cotuit faithful gave him a warm standing ovation when he returned to the dugout in the top of the 7th with a comfortable 5-1 lead.

Cody  Stanley

But I would quickly add Kettleer Cody Stanley (UNC Wilmington) to the MVP list. Stanley singled to center in the 4th and then scored from second. In the 5th he homered to right-center for a two-run dinger.

Submarine pitcher Ben Rowen for the Kettleers looked sharp and got the save.

Wareham's Cole Green (Texas) pitched the first 4.2 innings, giving up 5 runs on 7 hits.

Wareham did not bring its A-game today. Ironically, it was the Cotuit bullpen this afternoon that I overheard complaining that they were ready to go home. With classes about to start and a long rainy season, these guys are ready to call it a season.

But there is a fun, competitive weekend ahead. Let's play two!


On to the playoffs!

by Greg in ,


The Gatemen advance in the West The Commodores gave their fans a fond farewell last night as Falmouth beat the playoff-bound Wareham Gatemen 6-4. Falmouth and Hyanis cancelled their Thursday game as it was moot considering neither team advanced to the playoffs.

So it was autograph night after the game last night. While Falmouth signed autographs for kids on the field after season awards were handed out, Wareham sat near the grub wagon to wolf down burgers and fries. I had a chance to talk with Gatemen GM Tom Gay who was curious to know the outcome of the night's game since Wareham is fighting for homefield advantage. I was able to read him scores from Twitter, which has been quite useful this season. Wareham will need to win today and Cotuit lose  or tie in order to have homefield advantage later this week.

In action last night, the league batting champion, Todd Cunningham, went 0-3 with an intentional walk. According to this morning's Cape Cod Times he will need to be perfect or near perfect to finish at .400. He was named team MVP last night and Falmouth GM Dan Dunn called him one of the best to wear a Commodores uniform. Pitcher Patrick Cooper of Des Moines Area Community College was named top pitcher.

Is it must me or did we see a lot of standouts from community colleges this season?

B.A. Vollmuth sparked the best fireworks of the night when he smashed a ball into center-right. Wareham outfielder Ryan LaMarre misplayed the ball and struggled with it at the fence. The ball was overthrown to third and Vollmuth trotted into home, also scoring catcher Chris O'Brien who finishes as a leader in on-base percentage.

Wareham's Derek Dietrich and Connor Rowe hit impressive doubles.

A highlight for me was watching Jordan Swagerty pitch the 8th inning for the Gatemen. Swagerty is a catcher/1B from Arizona State whom I saw play at Safeco Field in Seattle this spring when the Sun Devils played the University of Washington Huskies. I had a chance to meet his parents that night who were visiting from Texas.

Jordan had a nasty breaking ball working last night. I stood behind the plate to watch him give up a single to John Nester but then go strikeout-strikeout and then 2-3 putout on a bunt by Cunningham. A sharp inning that kept Falmouth off-balance. Several of his breaking balls cut harshly away on righties.


Summer Catch: Addison Johnson's Diving Stab

by Greg in ,


Johnson is known around Clemson for great outfield catches. If anyone has videotape of Addison Johnson’s dramatic centerfield catch last night for the Chatham Anglers you should send it immediately to ESPN. It is a guaranteed top web gem.

Unfortunately, the only evidence of his spectacular, full-speed leap near the 357-foot mark in Chatham's centerfield is a deep set of skid marks – gashes really -- in the warning track dirt and a simple L-8 in the scorebook to deny Brewster’s Zach Jones of a much needed extra bases hit.

"It was to tough to see because the fog is a big deal here in Chatham," Addison told CodBall after the game.  "I knew he hit it pretty good and it was going to be close to the fence so when I started getting close I decided to dive and try to make the catch. I got a pretty good jump and I snowconed it."

The Anglers  (36 pts.) and the White Caps (34 pts.) are battling for a spot in the East playoffs. Although Chatham beat Brewster 10-1, it was Angler defense tonight that served notice this team is in it to win it.

With one out in the 5th inning, just after Johnson had made a routine catch in centerfield, Jones came to the plate hoping to spark an anemic White Caps offense to life. I was standing near the leftfield foul pole making my way back to our spot in centerfield. I heard the crack of the bat and heard players yell, “Deep!”

Johnson cut to his left quickly and sprinted full-speed to deepest center. The ball was so deep I was certain he could not reach the ball. His number 45 was showing as his sprint suddenly turned into a vertical leap at the warning track. He is left handed and so his right glove-hand had to make a back-handed stab to snag the ball. Jones was a right handed batter. According to friends in centerfield the ball was slicing away.

Chatham fans are normally appreciative of good defense but the large crowd exploded with surprise and then appreciation that carried over to greet Johnson when he returned to the dugout later in the inning.

Johnson’s catch overshadowed an amazing play by Chatham’s third-baseman, Matt Duffy (Tennessee), on the very next batter, Brewster's Niko Gallego. Perry answered Johnson’s diving catch with one of his own as Gallego’s ball was blasted and sliced down the third base line. Perry had to dive to right for a back-handed vertical grab to rob Gallego of a double down the line.

Harwich Mariners 8, Y-D Red Sox 4

Not fighting for a playoff berth are the Y-D Red Sox, who I saw play at home yesterday against the Harwich Mariners. Good thing they've got things wrapped-up in Y-D because they did not look good in the early innings yesterday, losing 8-4. Red Sox pitcher John Leonard (Boston College) had a tough outing.

Harwich's Connor Powers' 3rd inning homerun off Leonard was an absolute shot to centerfield. The ball hit the tops of trees to drive in two runs. Teammates Stuart Tapley and Leon Landry proceed then to hit doubles to left and right respectively to drive in what became a 6 -run inning. Leonard was replaced in the 3rd by Scott Little.

No games today since this is player appreciation day at Fenway. Maybe there are games in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) today?


Cotuit by sun, Falmouth by fog

by Greg in


Courtesy of Falmouth Twitter A pop-up that vanished into the Falmouth fog last night may have kept the Commodores' hopes alive in the West. A bewildered Hyannis Mets right fielder peered upward into the clouds and then watched as the ball plop onto the field in front of him. The umpires promptly gathered near the mound and delayed the game. The score, 2-0 Mets, was eventually wiped away and the game will have to resume at some point with a Falmouth player on second in the 5th.

Friends visiting from Virginia,  my son and I had arrived a few innings earlier after taking in a bright, sunny 5 pm game in Cotuit, where the Ketleers took on the Chatham Anglers. Cotuit prevailed 2-1 in what was probably the best game I've seen all season. Craig Fitsch, Navery Moore and  Ben Rown pitched brilliantly for Cotuit. Mike Dennhardt and Taylor Hill were strong for the Anglers. Hill was brilliant, striking out 6 in 2.1 innings.

Submariner

My friend Tom, a real baseball man, made an interesting observation on the game. In the Angler 7th, with one out and men on the corners, Cotuit brought in submariner Ben Rowen (right). Tom observed he would throw sinkers to induce a groundball and so Addison Johnson (Clemson) should bunt to avoid a double-play and get the man in from third to tie the game. Instead he swung away and sure enough hit into a double-play to end the inning. Woulda-shoulda-coulda.

That Kettleer win, coupled with indecision in Falmouth, means Cotuit is looking more and more likely to advance to the playoffs. but we've still got another week or so of baseball so anything could happen.

We will be in Y-D and then Chatham tonight. Y-D will make the playoffs, but Brewster and Chatham are in a real fight in the East so it should be a great game tonight.

Taylor Hill (Chatham/Vanderbilt)  Photo by Lisa Dowdell


The rivalry that is Falmouth-Cotuit

by Greg in ,


What is the best rivalry in the Cape League? Is it Chatham v. Y-D?  Wareham v. Bourne?  Brewster v. Harwich?  Orleans v. Y-D?

These are all good, and you will add obvious match-ups that I've missed. But for me Cotuit v. Falmouth is the one I enjoy the most. It's close to home. The Cotuit fans show up for road games and it seems their games always matter.

Like tonight. After a 4-3 win this evening, Falmouth stays alive in the West with a 14-19 record. Cotuit falls behind .500 with a 15-16 record. 

TepeschThe 5:30 game was surprisingly a pitcher's duel with Falmouth's Nick Tepesch (Missouri) squaring off against Cotuit's ace Chad Bell (Walters State). The score remained a 2-2 tie into the 7th.

Talking with Falmouth GM Dan Dunn before the game, I expected Bell to dominate. But instead Tepesch surprised. I watched him strike out 8 in six innings. He gave up two in the second on doubles by Cody Stanley and Tony Plagman but then really found himself -- striking out the top of the order in the 3rd.

Falmouth's Todd Cunningham was player of the game with an RBI double in the 3rd and then a walk-off single in the 9th.

The defensive play of the game was Falmouth's 9-4-5 put out in the 5th. Cotuit's Jeff Rowland drove one to right field. The ball was juggled out in right but then Rowland was thrown out stretching his double into a triple.

The highlight for me tonight was joining the  Falmouth Commodores broadcast. I don't have his full name but the play-by-play announcer, Mike, is a class act. He knows the team, he knows the league and he knows baseball. I believe the full broadcast team is from Syracuse. They do a very good job.

A persistent question I get about why we do CodBall 12 months a year is, why? I said on the broadcast tonight, why do we breath? We have to do it. I am sitting here tonight watching the White Sox - Tigers game. Gordon Beckham is playing in this game. I can remember like it was yesterday watching him play for Y-D, sign autographs and play in the all-star game in Wareham. We do it because the moment they play in the Cape League is the moment just before they become Big Leaguers. It's important and it's rewarding to look back on those posts.


A Tale of Two Cape League Ballparks

by Greg in ,


Mariners logoY-D Red Sox logoBrewster and Harwich were the final two ballparks for me to visit. After nearly 20 years of following the Cape League from Woods Hole and every corner of the globe, the home of the White Caps and the home of the Mariners were the only two ballparks prior to tonight I had never visited. I've been to several former Cape League ballparks. But isn't it ironic that a guy from Seattle -- home of the Mariners -- visits the Harwich Mariners last?

In this case, I saved one of the best for last. Cotuit has always been my favorte ballpark and Harwich reminded me of Cotuit. Perhaps it's the setting -- a beautiful baseball field set deep in a Cape Cod woods. Grandstands are on either side of a press box and parking near the entrance is scarce.

Commodores logowhite caps logoMy son and I drove what seemed like just 15 minutes from Stony Brook in Brewster to Harwich High to catch the 7 pm Mariners v. Y-D Red Sox matchup. We were treated to a close 1-1 tie through much of the game. Between innings my son pitched to me in the batting cage along the left field line and afterward we had the pleasure of meeting the father (Paul) of Y-D Red Sox pitcher, John Leonard (B.C.). Leonard has real presence on the mound and throws a good fastball (92) and slider. He's also got a curve and changeup. We chatted there on the fence in leftfield until his son came in to pitch one inning of flawless relief. His dad showed little anxiety as he got three consecutive ground ball outs to end the inning quickly. He is slotted to start on Tuesday.

Tonight was the first we saw of Connor Powers (Harwich/Miss. State) since he won the home run hitting contest at Fenway. He absolutely smashed a ball to left for a single.

Y-D went on to win 4-1.

It was during this game that I finally realized the power of Twitter. As I sat there watching the game my phone constantly vibrated, an indication that CodBall was being 'tweeted' or texted. In this new era of new media, there are layers within layers. There is what you can see on the field. There is even what you can see on a blog or a newspaper website. There is what you can hear on the radio or internet radio. But then there is also this inside game of Tweeting and texting. The interns and the blogosphere are active on every pitch it seems.

I love it but it does keep you busy. Harwich may be the best place to make this discovery. The park is very quiet. It's quite conducive to multi-tasking.

Earlier in the day, after circumnavigating the very annoying Barnstable County Fair, we arrived at 5 pm for the first pitch at Stony Brook Elementary, home of the White Caps. The Caps played Falmouth tonight and won handily 9-1.

Falmouth's starter Taylor Wall (LHP) was terrible and so was his catcher, Chris O'Brien. Wall couldn't seem to throw and O'Brien couldn't seem to catch. If you subtract the wild pitches and passed balls it would have been a closer game. It pains me to say that because I like both of these guys a lot. They just had a bad day.

On the Brewster side, it was another story. Pitcher Caleb Cotham (Vanderbilt) was lights out. Apparently he's pitched just 5 innings but he looks over-powering.

Similarly, I like first baseman Harold Martinez (Miami). I watched Martinez sting two powerful homeruns at Fenway during the All-Star game and then tonight I watched him go 2-2 with an RBI double (they called it a triple) , a single and a walk. The double/triple was a bannana down the right field line that got past the rightfielder for Falmouth.

Shortstop for Brewster Niko Gallego (UCLA) also had a big game. I watched him hit safely in his first three at bats and score all three times.

Stony is a great, comfortable ballpark with a lot of character. It was sun-drenched this afternoon with lots of local fans.

The scoreboards in Brewster and Harwich are much nicer than what we see in the West.


West Wins 3-0 Rain-Shortened All-Star Game

by Greg in ,


Zach CoxIt took 22 years to return to Fenway for a Cape League All-Star game but just a couple of hours -- 4.5 innings  to be precise -- to play the 2009 edition. Thick clouds, chilly breezes and maddeningly persistent rain could not drown out the excitement and energy of fans who journeyed far and near to see future big leaguers play in a big league stadium. They were treated to some excellent pitching by pitchers from the western division of the Cape and a triple hit by Zack Cox (right) of Cotuit to deepest centerfield. Cox was later named MVP for the blistering hit that will be remembered for sometime around the league. Big Papi would be proud.

"I knew it was a tough league. Other than that I didn't know what to expect.  I knew it was going to be a challenge," Cox told CodBall after the game.

Asked about the triple, Cox said "It was a first pitch  fastball and I wanted to make the most of it. (Rounding second) I gave it everything I had.  I don't hit a lot of triples."

Western division pitchers Brandon Workman, Jack Armstrong, Eric Pfisterer, Dallas Gallant and Stephen Harrold combined to pitch 5 scoreles innings.

The West scored two in the first. Todd Cunningham of Falmouth reached on an E5 and scored on the Cox triple to deep center. Cox came around to score when Cody Stanley hit into an apparent double play but reached on a fielders choice. Falmouth's B.A. Vollmuth scored the third and final run in the second after he singled and scored on Cox's second hit of the night, an RBI single.

There were not a lot of highlights for the East this year. The East has led recent All-Star competitions. See the Cape Cod Times' story today to read about the East's 11-9-1 edge.

Addendum...

I enjoyed tonight a lot. I'm not sure I would play future All-Star games off the Cape but I did enjoy the experience.  I think there is something special about the All-Star game traveling from Cape League park to Cape League park. I do appreciate what the Red Sox and Cape League did tonight. It took vision and effort.

I saw a lot of friends tonight who love baseball. Most notably I got to hang a little with co-conspirator Andrew Wirtanen. I also met face-to-face for the first time Tom Simon, creator of Cape League dice baseball. I saw the Cape Cod Times guys, Brian Foley over at the College Baseball Blog and managed to be interviewed on WCAI/NPR.

Speaking of Tom Simon.  He handed Andrew and me two sets of dice game cards -- the all-stars from the East and the West with their current stats.  I will roll a full game this weekend to see if the result is any different than the actual game tonight.

Right Field  Fog has a nice play-by-play.  We missed you Will.

I can't wait to get back to the Cape tomorrow for more league games. Safe travels everyone.


Harwich's Connor Powers Wins HR Contest

by Greg in ,


Connor PowersLet the puns begin. Connor Powers (Miss. State) 'powered' a total of five home runs out of Fenway tonight to win the 2009 Cape League All-Star Home Run hitting contest. Powers hit three in the first round and two in the final round. Cameron Rupp, who replaced Cotuit's Kevin Patterson, 'erupted' for a total of four home runs to reach the finals and place second.

The announced crowd is 13,000 or so -- the largest in the history of the Cape according to the announcer.

Game Notes...

The game started early at 6:45 pm in order to try and get the game in as the rain falls at Fenway. Boston's skyscrapers are barely visible as they hide behind dark clouds. But the lights here brighten the mood.

Wareham's Brandon Workman of Texas pitched a quick 1-2-3 in the first.

The West scored two in the first. Todd Cunningham of Falmouth reached on an E5 and scored on a Zach Cox triple to deep denter. Cox came around to score on a Cody Stanley fielder's choice.

We're underway!


Sunday Afternoon in Falmouth

by Greg in


white caps logoMy son and I made our way to Falmouth this afternoon for the 3 pm make-up game against the Brewster White Caps. The weather could not have been nicer for game one of this double-header -- blue skies, gentle breeze and bright sunshine. Kyle BlairThe sparse crowd was treated to a pitcher's duel between Brewster's Kyle Blair (San Diego, right) and Whichita State's Jordan Cooper. Blair was the more dominant, striking out 11  over the course of 6 innings and giving up just one run. The White Caps held on to win it 2-1, and Falmouth won game two 3-0.

According to this summer's make-up rules these games run just 7 innings.

Cooper was almost as strong, throwing 5 innings, striking out 3 and giving up just 4 hits and one run. A pair of community college guys, Mitch Morman and Patrick Cooper came in to pitch an inning apiece. Both looked very strong. Morman's one run was unearned in my view. His slider or slurve in the dirt appeared tough to handle for Falmouth's catcher, fellow Tulsan Chris O'brien.

Tyler Thornburg (Charleston Southern) closed out the game for Brewster with a 1-2-3 7th.  He had two strike-outs.

Offensively, Brewster's Jedd Gyorko (West Virginia) scored both White Cap runs. He reached on a double in the 4th and a single in the 6th.  I believe Daniel Butler drove in both runs, the first on a double and the second on a sacrifice to centerfield after Gyorko advanced on two consecutive passed balls.

On non-baseball matters, I am impressed with Falmouth's plans for a new press box. The roughly $250,000 project could catapult Falmouth's already competitive franchise into the vanguard of the league. I bought a brick this afternoon to support the vision. Hope readers will get behind this important project.

I will be on the Falmouth broadcast next Sunday night.

Final note, the scouts were out en force at Falmouth today. As the only day game, all of the leagues scouts took in this game. They crowded around the field house's shade throughout the afternoon.


Y-D 9 - Chatham 4; Cotuit 4 - Harwich 1

by Dave B. in ,


My first stop on Saturday was at Red Wilson Field where I expected to see a good pitching matchup between Y-D's John Leonard and Chatham's Matt Harvey. That quality matchup never developed as the Red Sox beat the Anglers, 9-4. It didn't take long for Chatham to take advantage of a steady breeze blowing out toward rightfield. Whit Merrifield led off the game with an infield hit and Mike Murray pulled a ball over the fence in right for his first homerun of the year. One out later, Steven Brooks yanked his second of the season over the fence in left-center. Five batters into the game, Y-D found themselves staring at a 3-0 deficit. It didn't happen right away, but it wouldn't take long for the Red Sox to turn things around.

Y-D got three singles in the bottom of the first but came away empty-handed thanks to a well-executed 5-4-3 doubleplay.

Leonard made things uncomfortable for himself in the third when he walked a batter and hit another, before Brooks lined out to left to end the inning.

After giving up four hits through the first two innings, Harvey's luck ran out in the third. After a single, walk and sacrifice to start the frame, Mickey Wiswall singled home Y-D's first run. Another walk loaded the bases for Brian Hernandez who lined a hit to center to tie the game. With runners on the corners, Josh Rutledge drove a ball deep enough to center to give the Red Sox a 4-3 lead.

Y-D doubled their total in the next inning when Harvey hit the leadoff batter and gave up a single. With Blake Kelso attempting to sacrifice the runners along, Harvey bobbled the bunt and the bases were loaded. 5'7" Tyler Hanover then took a Harvey offering out of the ballpark for a grandslam and an 8-3 Y-D lead. Harvey's day was done. His pitching line for the day: 3 IP, 9 H; 2 BB, 1 HBP and 8 runs (7 earned). He is now 0-2 with a 7.04 ERA.

Taylor Hill came on in relief for Chatham and pitched 3 innings of scoreless ball to give his team a chance to get back in the game. The Anglers best chance came in the fifth when they strung together three singles after one out. Y-D went to the bullpen and brought in Greg Peavey. A strikeout and fly ball later, Y-D's five run lead was intact.

Disclosure: I left this game in the seventh inning in order to get to the next game by 7:00.  The rest of the game info is taken from the boxscore.

Anglers reliever Parker Bangs' control problems led to another Y-D run in the seventh when he hit Ben McMahan with a pitch before Jonathan Jones doubled. Jones then scored on a wild pitch. Chatham added a run in the ninth on a Joey Terdoslavich single for the 9-4 final.

NOTES:  For the 25 or so pitches that I was able to check on a radar gun, Harvey did not hit 90...  When Leonard gave up those three hits in the fifth, it cost him a chance to pick up his third win. He only lasted 4.1 innings...  Peavey picked up the win and evened his record at 1-1...  Chatham centerfielder Addison Johnson robbed Jones of a homerun in the fifth when he leaped and made the catch on a ball that was going over the fence. Johnson caught his foot in the fence for a moment but he was not injured...  Until Harvey's bobble, the Anglers had gone 41 innings without an error...  Jordan Casas, Y-D's leadoff batter, was 4 for 4 and scored two runs...  Wiswall had three hits and is now batting .343...  Murray also had three hits, boosting his average to .419. He only has 43 official at-bats and 75 AB's are needed to be placed among the league leaders...  There are no distance markers on the outfield fence at Wilson Field...  Y-D travels to Orleans this afternoon for an important Eastern division doubleheader beginning at 4:30...  Chatham returns home to face Wareham at 5:30.

A quick drive over the back roads brought me to Whitehouse Field where Cotuit's Chad Bell was making his first start since he tossed a no-hitter at Chatham last Sunday. This time, Bell went 7 innings and allowed only 6 hits and one walk while striking out 7, leading the Kettleers to a 4-1 win over the Mariners. The win keeps Cotuit just 2 points behind division leader Wareham.

Harwich starter Mathew Price ran into trouble right away in the first inning. With one out, Zach Cox doubled. Texas' Kevin Keyes singled and his Longhorn teammate, Cameron Rupp, followed with another single to score Cox. Price struck out Tony Plagman and Cory Vaughn to keep the damage to a minimum.

Cotuit added another run in the second when Chris Bisson led off with a walk and was sacrificed to second before stealing third. Bisson scored on a two-out basehit by Zach Cone.

With the help of a doubleplay after a hit in the second, and a pickoff after he hit a batter in the third, Bell faced the minimum nine batters through the first three innings.

The Kettleers added two more in the fourth. With one out, Rico Noel hit a grounder to second. Harwich's Phil Gosselin charged the ball in an attempt to catch the speedy Noel but threw wildly, allowing Noel to reach second. Brandon May then chopped a ball to second. Gosselin fielded the ball cleanly and got May out at first but Noel never stopped running and came all the way around from second without a play being made on him to score Cotuit's third run. Later, Cone singled, stole second, and scored on Cox' second hit of the game. That would end Cotuit's scoring for the night, but with the way Bell was pitching - and with some outstanding outfield defense - it would prove to be more than enough.

Harwich got to Bell in the home half of the fourth when Trent Mummey hit a one-out triple and came home on a single by Gosselin. Gosselin moved to second on a wild pitch but was caught trying to go to third when Connor Powers hit a ball to the shortstop. With Powers on first, Gosselin's baserunning mistake proved costly when Daniel Grovatt singled to left. After Bell walked Stuart Tapley, he faced a bases loaded situation. Marcus Nidiffer then scorched a ball to the gap in left-centerfield. Running at full speed and covering a lot of ground, Cox made a great running catch and ended the Mariners best chance at a big inning. 

Mummey led off the sixth with his second triple of the night. He then compounded Harwich's baserunning gaffes when he inexplicably broke for home when Gosselin hit a one-hopper back to Bell. He was tagged out trying to retreat to third and the Mariners had wasted another opportunity.

Harwich's last gasp came in the eighth. With Mike Nesseth having relieved Bell,  Mummey reached on an error by Noel. A walk to Gosselin brought the potential tying run to the plate, but Nesseth struck out Powers for the second out. Cotuit outfielders showed their defensive prowess again. Grovatt hit a shot to deep center that looked like it would plate two runs. Jeff Rowland - who had come into the game in the previous inning with Cone moving to right -  raced back and with his back to the plate, he reached up and made the catch just before running into the fence in the deepest part of the ballpark. 

Fireballer Daniel Tillman came on to close things out in the ninth. After a flyball, and groundout, Tillman struck out Keenan Wiley to earn his second save.

NOTES:   Bell is now 3-1 and he lowered his ERA to 1.07 - third best in the league behind teammate Jake Buchanan (0.67) and Brewster's Kyle Blair (0.92)...  With the loss, Price falls to 2-1...  Harwich remains last in the East with 22 pts...  Mummey was the only Mariner with multiple hits in the game...  Harwich made three errors...  Justin Wright pitched well in relief for Harwich, allowing no hits and just one walk in 3.1 scoreless innings...  The defensive plays by Cone and Rowland were GREAT plays...  With two hits last night, Cox is now batting .397...  Cotuit is 5-1-2 in their last eight games. The Kettleers look to continue their winning ways when they host Bourne at 5:00 today...  Harwich will try to put an end to a five game losing streak when they go to Hyannis for a 5:30 start.


Wednesday in Harwich and Chatham

by Dave B. in ,


Anglers_Logo_1[1]Wareham swept both games of yesterday's doubleheader against Harwich; winning the first game 5-1 in 8 innings before nipping the Mariners in the nightcap, 2-1. Cape League doubleheaders are scheduled for 7 innings. The Gatemen received complete game performances from Texas' Brandon Workman and Arkansas' Brett Eibner. In the opener, a scoreless pitchers duel between Workman and Harwich's Aaron Meade (Missouri State) carried into the sixth inning before Connor Rowe (Texas) led off the frame with a homerun to left to put Wareham on the board.

Workman retired nine in a row before walking Levi Michael (UNC) to start the seventh. A sacrifice bunt and wild pitch moved Michael to third before Marcus Nidiffer (Kentucky) lofted a fly ball to center, scoring Michael and sending the game to extra innings.

It didn't take long for Wareham to put the game out of reach. Meade was replaced by Glen Troyanowski (FAU) who earned the save in Harwich's win over Wareham on Saturday. That night, Troyanowski had some pop on his fastball and showed an impressive curveball that buckled the knees of a few Gatemen batters. Yesterday, the Gatemen had no trouble solving Troyanowski. He gave up a single to Jordan Swagerty (Arizona State) to lead off the inning. Rowe then hit a fly ball to shallow centerfield. Mariners secondbaseman Phil Gosselin (Virginia) went back for the ball and nearly made a tough, over the shoulder catch. Instead, the ball kicked off his glove and rolled just far enough away to allow Swagerty to beat the throw to second. After walking Shea Vucinich (Washington State), Troyanowski faced a bases loaded, no out situation. Ryan LaMarre (Michigan) struck out but UConn's George Springer hit a shallow fly to rightfield. Daniel Grovatt (Virginia) made a nice diving catch, got up and made a strong throw to the plate, but Nidiffer couldn't hold onto the ball and Swagerty scored to give Wareham the lead. Indiana's Alex Dickerson put the game out of reach when he hit his first homerun of the summer; a three run shot well over the fence in right-centerfield.

In the bottom half of the inning, Gosselin doubled with one out and moved to third on a fly ball. Grovatt smashed a one-hopper to the left of Wareham secondbaseman Ryan Pineda (Cal. St. - Northridge). Pineda made a great pick and threw to first, putting Wareham in the win column.

Mariners logoNOTES:   It was a matchup of recent College World Series championship-round participants when LSU's Leon Landry stepped into the box to face Workman...   Through the early innings, Workman relied heavily on a 92-93 mph fastball...   Workman gave up 6 hits and walked only one, while striking out 9...   Meade matched Workman's numbers over his 7 innings of work...   Early in the game, Workman relied on his 92-93 mph fastball to strike out 4 Mariners in the first 3 innings...   As the game progressed, Workman seemed to gain confidence in his curveball. In the fourth inning, after he issued his only walk, Workman caught Stuart Tapley and Nidiffer looking at strike three as he broke sharp curves over the plate...   Harwich nearly got on the board first. In the fifth, Gosselin ripped the ball over LaMarre's head in centerfield. LaMarre almost made a great play with his back to the plate, but he stumbled and the ball rolled to the fence near the 400' sign. As Gosselin reached third, he was waved home and the Gatemen executed a perfect LaMarre to shortstop Jake Lemmerman (Duke) to catcher Tyler Albright (Harvard) relay to nail Gosselin at the plate...   I was surprised Workman pitched a complete game. He arrived in Wareham last week and had only pitched 1.2 innings coming into yesterday's game. I don't know what his pitch count was, but with 9 K's over 8 innings, it had to be up there. Even so, he was still hitting 90-91 on the gun in the eighth inning and seemingly working without much effort...   I did not stay for the second game, but with Brett Eibner also throwing a complete game, he and Workman helped save what must have been a tired bullpen...   Harwich's Eric Jokisch (Northwestern) also went the distance in game 2...   Yesterday ended Wareham's stretch of 7 games in 5 days. Over those games, the Gatemen compiled a very strange looking 2-2-3 record...   Harwich has now lost 3 in a row and they are last in the East with 22 pts...   It was a good day all around for Wareham. Their sweep, coupled with Bourne dropping their fifth in a row, allows the Gatemen to move into a tie with the Braves for first place in the West. Both teams have 28 pts., although Bourne has played one less game...   Wareham won 3 of the 4 games against Harwich this year.

After a short drive over to Chatham, I arrived at Veterans Field just in time to hear Alex Schlosberg, the Anglers bullpen catcher, perform a fine rendition of the National Anthem.

On the strength of a fourth inning grandslam by Dean Green (Oklahoma State), the Anglers defeated Falmouth, 6-4. Green's blast erased a 2-0 Commodore lead after Matt Skole (Georgia Tech) hit a two run homer in the top half of the inning.

Both teams had opportunities to score in the early innings. Chatham starter Logan Verrett (Baylor) walked two in the second before striking out Skole to get out of the jam. Chatham had a chance to jump out front in the home half of the inning when Steven Brooks (Wake Forest) doubled. Brooks picked up right where he left off Tuesday night when he had three doubles in the win over Hyannis. Green was next up and he lined a basehit to rightfield. Ryan Jones charged the ball and threw a strike to the plate where his Wichita State teammate Chris O'Brien applied the tag to Brooks.

Falmouth wasted a golden opportunity in the third when Conner Mach (Missouri) led off with a single and moved up on a passed ball. Scott Lawson (Miami) followed with a hit to put runners on the corners with no outs. This is where things got interesting on the basepaths for the Commodores. Josh Adams (Florida) bunted the ball to the right of the mound. Mach hesitated, then retreated to third, while Lawson advanced to second on the sacrifice. Number three batter, Todd Cunningham (Jacksonville State) stepped to the plate and hit a smash toward Green, the Anglers firstbaseman. Green deftly fielded the hot shot and fired to the plate to nail Mach for the second out. With Adams already on third, Cunningham stole second to give the always dangerous Hunter Morris (Auburn) a chance to inflict damage with runners in scoring position, but Verrett bore down and struck out Morris to keep the game scoreless. Despite two hits, a sacrifice, a stolen base and a passed ball in the inning, Falmouth had nothing to show for their effort.

Skole's homerun in the fourth gave the Commodores a short-lived lead. Falmouth wasted another opportunity when O'Brien walked to open the inning, then was promptly picked off by Verrett. The next batter, B.A. Vollmuth (Southern Miss.), was hit by a pitch preceding Skole's homerun.

Falmouth starter Kyle Winkler (TCU) opened the home half of the fourth by walking Jeff Schaus (Clemson) and Rick Oropesa (USC) before Brooks bunted for a basehit while trying to sacrifice, loading the bases. Green stepped up and smoked an offering from Winkler over the centerfield fence to the right of the flagpole.

The teams traded runs in the fifth. Falmouth scored when Lawson singled, stole second, and came home on a sharply hit ball through the right side by Morris. Chatham came right back when Whit Merrifield (South Carolina) almost single-handedly manufactured a run. Merrifield led off with a single and proceeded to steal second and third. With one out, Schaus hit a ball to Morris at first. Morris checked Merrifield and ran to first, beating Schaus to the bag while Merrifield broke for home. Morris wheeled and fired to O'Brien but Merrifield slid under the tag to push the Anglers lead back to two.

Verrett and Winkler both came out of the game after 5 innings of work and the game moved to the eighth with Chatham holding a 5-3 lead. Maine's Kevin Scanlan relieved Verrett at the start of the sixth and pitched very well into the eighth. Scanlan retired the first seven batters he faced, three by strikeout. With one out in the eighth, Morris singled again. After Scanlan got O'Brien to fly to center for the second out of the inning, Chatham went to the bullpen and brought in South Carolina's Parker Bangs. Bangs made things interesting when he walked Vollmuth and gave up a hit to Jones that scored Morris and closed the gap to one. With two runners on, Skole took a called third strike and the Anglers escaped further damage.

Chatham bumped the lead back to two in the bottom of the eighth when Oropesa walked and pinchrunner Tom Belza (Oklahoma State) moved to second on an errant pickoff throw. After two walks - one intentional - Matt Duffy (Tennessee) hit a fly ball to center that was deep enough to score Belza.

With a 6-4 lead heading into the ninth, Chatham brought in Russell Brewer (Vanderbilt) to try to close things out. Pinchhitter Brian Fletcher (Auburn) gave Falmouth hope when he doubled to start things off. After a groundball moved Fletcher to third, Brewer stranded him there when he struck out Adams and Cunningham to end the game.

NOTES:   Green's grand slam was hit second homerun of the summer. He now has 14 RBI...   Skole came into the game batting just .170. The homer was his first of the year...   Chatham played errorless ball for the third game in a row and has now gone 30 innings since their last miscue...   Scanlan's effort can not be overlooked. He pitched 2.2 innings and only allowed one hit while striking out three... I was anxious to see Verrett pitch and he didn't disappoint. He is a hard thrower, although he did struggle with control at times, issuing three walks and hitting a batter. Verrett struck out eight while picking up his second win...   Brewer picked up his seventh save which ties him with Y-D's Tyler Burgoon (Michigan) in that category...   Falmouth's Cecil Tanner (Georgia) was impressive in his one inning of work. He struck out two and got a groundball out...   Chatham is 2-0 against Falmouth. The two teams meet next Wednesday for a doubleheader in Falmouth...   With the win, Chatham moves back on top of the standings in the East with 32 pts. They have a one point lead on Y-D and Orleans. The Anglers have played one less game than the Red Sox; one more than the Firebirds...   Just want to give a shout-out to Anglers President Peter Troy and Thomas Bednark of the Barnstable Bat Company. It was a pleasure meeting and talking to both of you!


Harwich 9; Wareham 7

by Dave B. in ,


Mariners logoGoing into last night's game at Spillane Field, Harwich and Wareham both had team batting averages below .200. It didn't seem likely that these two teams would account for 16 runs and 22 hits, but that's exactly what happened. Trailing 6-2 through six innings, the Mariners scored 7 runs over the final three innings and went on to defeat the Gatemen, 9-7. Harwich jumped in front in the second inning when Connor Powers hit a rocket into the bleachers, well beyond the left-centerfield fence. The Mariners added to their lead in the third when Anthony Sosnoskie led off with a single and scored on a two-out basehit by Keenan Wiley.

Wareham came right back with three runs in the home half of the inning to take the lead. Derek Dietrich doubled following a lead-off single by Jake Lemmerman. Both runners came home on Ryan Pineda's double. After Zach Wilson struck out, Brett Eibner lined a ball to leftfield that took a crazy bounce and went over the head of Leon Landry, scoring Pineda.

The Gatemen padded their lead, scoring three more in the fifth. Dietrich, Pineda and Wilson started things with consecutive singles, scoring one run and knocking Harwich starter Rob Gariano out of the game. After inducing a strikeout and a ground out, it looked like reliever Chase Reid might escape further damage but a wild pitch and an infield single plated two more runs for the Gatemen.

Wareham led 6-2 heading into the seventh inning when starter Josh Mueller ran into trouble. A lead-off infield single (on a very liberal official scoring ruling) and a walk brought in Keith Bilodeau from the bullpen. Stuart Tapley greeted Bilodeau with a booming double to close the gap to 6-4. Sosnoskie hit a ground ball that went through the legs of second baseman Shea Vucinich who had just entered the game. That scored Tapley and narrowed the deficit to one. Zach Brewster relieved Bilodeau and his error and a passed ball put runners on second and third. The Mariners erased the lead on a fly ball to center by pinchhitter Marcus Nidiffer that scored Sosnoskie.

Justin Wright took over on the mound for Harwich in the bottom of the seventh. A leadoff single by Eibner and a run-scoring double by Ryan LaMarre put the Gatemen back in front, 7-6.

Wareham's bullpen couldn't stand prosperity. Brewster hit Daniel Grovatt with a pitch to start the eighth. Brewster was relieved by David Fischer who threw the ball away on a pickoff attempt, allowing Grovatt to scamper to third. Powers tied the game again with a double to right. Phil Gosselin singled and Tapley walked to load the bases. That was the end of the night for Fischer. Dean Kiekhefer inherited a bases loaded, no out situation. He struck out Sosnoskie but number nine batter, David Herbek flied out to center to score Powers with what proved to be the winning run.

Glenn Troyanowski entered for Harwich in the eighth and he struck out the side. With Troyanowski showing a good mix of fastballs and curves, George Springer, Lemmerman and Dietrich all went down swinging.

The Mariners added an insurance run in the ninth. With two out, Grovatt hit a ball to right and he came all the way around when Springer's wild throw escaped two Gatemen infielders. Grovatt's hit was generously scored a double even though Springer bobbled the ball allowing Grovatt to reach second, before the errant throw allowed him to score.

Wareham made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth when Troyanowski walked Vucinich and a bad hop single brought the potential winning run to the plate. Troyanowski struck out LaMarre to end the game.

NOTES:   Wright picked up the win and moved to 1-1 on the season. Fischer took the loss and dropped to 0-2...  Until Powers' shot, Trent Mummey had Harwich's only two homers this year...  Harwich entered the game with a .199 team batting average. Wareham was right behind at .197...  Powers hit 5 homeruns while playing for Brewster last year...  Powers and Eibner each had 3 hits...  Very sloppy game for Wareham. They commited 4 errors (officially), had a passed ball, and hit a batter...  The small crowd for a Saturday evening was very quiet. Not a lot of noise from the home fans in this one...  This was the second start for Gariano in six days. He has lasted a total of 5 innings and has given up 16 hits and 11 earned runs in those two starts. He has looked completely overmatched. After earning Pitcher of the Week honors in week two, Gariano has seen his ERA rise to 6.23...  Grovatt is batting .365 and leads the league in OBP at .492...  The Gatemen and Mariners are scheduled to play a doubleheader at Whitehouse Field on Wednesday...  Last night's game began a stretch of seven games in five days for Wareham...  Harwich hosts Hyannis today at 5:30...  Wareham travels to Y-D for a 5:00 game this afternoon.


Holiday Doubleheader

by Dave B. in ,


On a beautiful Fourth of July, it made for a good opportunity to take in two games in the Eastern division. My first stop was at the Stony Brook School to see Brewster take on Harwich. The Whitecaps have been scuffling recently. They have been putting up some runs, but have had trouble limiting the opposition. Yesterday, they continued the offensive trend but received adequate pitching and held on for a 7-4 win over the Mariners.

Harwich starter Rob Gariano, last week's Pitcher of the Week, did not record an out in the second inning. He was hit hard as the Whitecaps scored three in the first inning and two more in the second. In the first, after John Barr lined a single up the middle, Jedd Gyorko crushed a ball over the fence, just to the left of the 375' sign in left-centerfield. Following that blast, Tant Shepherd singled and Lyle Allen blooped a double just inside the line in left. Shepherd scored on a wild pitch.

After Harwich scored two in the second inning to pull within one, Brewster came back with two more of their own. Dan Butler started things off with a lead-off double. Number nine batter Tim Ferguson lined an RBI double down the leftfield line. Jarrett Parker followed with the third of three consecutive doubles, roping one to the base of the fence at the 385' marker in centerfield. After an infield single, Gariano was replaced by Florida State's Geoff Parker. Gariano's line for the day:  1 IP, 8 hits, 5 runs (all earned). Gariano entered the game with an ERA of 0.73. After his one inning of work yesterday, his ERA is 4.05. 

Parker pitched effectively through the fifth, allowing three hits but no runs.

Meanwhile, Pepperdine lefthander Scott Alexander cruised through seven innings. He hit a bump in the road in the second when Harwich scored two. He allowed an infield hit, walk, and hit a batter to load the bases with no out. Alexander limited the damage by giving up only a fielder's choice ground ball and a sacrifice fly to score the runs. Alexander pitched seven innings, allowing only those two runs on just two hits, although he did walk six batters.

Brewster put the game away with two runs in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Barr and an RBI single by Gyorko, making the score 7-2. After getting the first two Mariners in the top of the ninth, Whitecaps reliever Eric Jokisch walked the next two batters before giving up three consecutive singles to pull the Mariners within three. With the bases loaded, Phil Gosselin came up as the potential go-ahead run, but Jokisch induced Gosselin to ground to short to end the game.

NOTES:  Brewster's lineup was already looking good but it has been greatly improved with the recent addition of Parker and Gyorko. Parker played in just his second game yesterday, while Gyorko played in his sixth...  Fresh from the College World Series, Texas'  Shepherd and Stayton Thomas are now with the Whitecaps. Shepherd played in just his second game, while Thomas has yet to see action on the mound...  The first inning damage could have been worse if Gosselin hadn't made a nice sliding catch in left to rob Parker of a leadoff hit...  Allen went into the game batting just .162 but after a 4 for 4 day, he is now at .244...  Neither has enough plate appearances to be among the league leaders, but Gyorko is batting .455 and Barr is hitting .414...Brewster has climbed to third in the league in batting with a .230 team avg...  Brewster will score runs. Pitching is their question mark as they remain a distant last in team ERA at 4.35...  As a team, Harwich is batting just .202...  Trent Mummey has the Mariners only homerun this year...  Keeping with the spirit of the day, the reported attendance was 1,776...  With the win, the Whitecaps improved to 5-8-3...  Harwich evened their record at 8-8...  The Whitecaps and the Mariners square off again today at Whitehouse Field at 5:30. 

After seeing eleven runs scored at Brewster, Orleans and Chatham took part in a pitchers duel that took an extra inning to decide. The Firebirds edged the Anglers, 1-0. 

The teams matched zeroes until the top of the tenth when Ross Heffley's line single to right off Chatham reliever Russell Brewer scored Matt KochWhit Merrifield made a strong throw home and Chatham catcher Jacob Stallings had the ball in plenty of time to tag out Koch, but Koch jarred the ball loose when he ran into Stallings. Brewer had retired the first two batters in the inning before giving up a double to left to Koch.

Rob Rasmussen pitched seven innings of three-hit ball for the Firebirds. He was followed to the hill by Matt Hiserman and Daniel Ottone. Hiserman picked up the win in his first decision of the year, while Ottone earned his third save.

Chatham wasted a strong effort from Matt Harvey and Jesse Hahn. Harvey went six innings and gave up only three hits; while Hahn allowed just one hit over his three innings of work.

Orleans had six hits while Chatham had five. Rasmussen gave up the only two walks in the game. Obviously neither team had many scoring opportunities. Chatham's best chance came in the eighth inning when Addison Johnson singled with two out and stole second. Merrifield singled to right and Firebirds' rightfielder Steve Selsky charged the ball and threw a bullet to catcher Koch. Koch caught the ball and had to wait to tag Johnson who was out by 20 feet on the play. Chatham manager John Schiffner argued that Orleans thirdbaseman Michael Olt impeded Johnson's progress between second and third, to no avail.

NOTES:  In 13 innings over two starts, Rasmussen has given up only 3 hits and no earned runs. He has struck out 17 while walking only 3...  Orleans' Alex Hassan had two hits, raising his average to .317...  Selsky entered the game in the seventh inning, replacing Jeremy Gould. Gould appeared to hurt himself in the top half of the inning, diving back to first base when he was picked off by Hahn...  Brewer's record drops to 2-1...  After a 9-1 start, the Anglers have lost 6 of their last 7 games...  Orleans has won 3 in a row and the Firebirds are now just two points behind Chatham and Y-D...  The same two teams meet tonight at 7:00 at Eldredge Park.


Bourne Braves Top Y-D Red Sox, 8-2

by Pat in


Kyle Roller (East Carolina) started off his afternoon a bit poorly, as he got to the park and realized that he had forgotten his #30 jersey. But hey, that's why there are several starting pitchers... you need some people around who know for sure that they're not playing, just in case you need to borrow their jersey. Bourne LHP Cameron Roth (UNC-Wilmington)

Roller borrowed pitcher Turner Phelps' (James Madison) #31 jersey, and went on to have an outstanding night at the plate, leading the Braves to an 8-2 win over the Y-D Red Sox. Roller went 4-4, with 2 HR, 2 doubles and 4 RBI, and was hit by a pitch. Bourne teammate Stefen Romero (Oregon State) also hit well, going 2-4 with a HR, 3 RBI and 3 runs scored.

While Roller and Romero provided the offense, Cameron Roth (UNC-Wilmington) was very sharp on the mound, going 6 innings, allowing 6 hits, with 3 K's and 2 walks. He didn't allow a run until Steve Chatwood's (San Diego) 2-run HR in the 6th.

For Y-D, the problem was errors (4 of the runs were unearned), the HR's (their pitchers gave up 3 total), and failure to capitalize with men on base. Austin Wates (Virginia Tech) went 4-4, but wasn't able to cross the plate even once.

Y-D hosts the Falmouth Commodores Sunday at 5pm, and Bourne hosts the Harwich Mariners at 5:30.


'08 Playoffs (Championship): Harwich Wins it All! Mark Fleury with Another Game Winner, 2-1 Harwich

by Andrew Wirtanen in


Mark Fleury (UNC) has done it again with a walk-off base hit! Harwich have their first championship since 1987. Fleury hit the game winning home run in the All-Star Game. Fleury and Jason Stidham (Florida State) were voted co-playoff MVPs.

Cotuit's Nick Hernandez (Tennessee) got the better half of a pitcher's duel tonight in Harwich. Hernandez went 8+ innings before surrendering a triple in the 9th to Harwich's Joe Sanders (Auburn).

Closer Drew Storen (Stanford) is the losing pitcher. Storen was pitching at 100mph, according to WBZ News Radio 1030.


'08 Playoffs (Championship): Stock Drives in a Run, 1-0 Cotuit

by Andrew Wirtanen in


Robert Stock (USC) hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the first run of the night to drive in Dallas Poulk (NC State) in the 7th. Poulk was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on a throwing error by Harwich starter Chris Manno (Duke). Manno was taken out soon thereafter, after going 6 2/3 innings with 9 strikeouts (104 pitches total). Willie Kempf (Baylor, pictured below) is the first relief pitcher for Harwich. He got Harwich out of trouble with a strikeout to end the top of the 7th.