Day 52: Orleans Cardinals @ Harwich Mariners

by Andrew Wirtanen in


Corey Young (Seton Hall)It was a beautiful evening in Harwich, with sunny skies and temperatures in the lower 70s. The Mariners, long out of contention for the playoffs, pulled off their 14th win of the season with a 2-1 win over the Orleans Cardinals. The Cardinals are now eliminated from the playoffs and players will migrating from the Cape when the regular season ends on Wednesday the 8th. It was a very low-key Sunday night, with most Cape League fans probably opting to go to the Bourne @ Falmouth and Brewster @ Chatham games. I sat in the visitor's bleachers with some funny Orleans fans that groaned when the sing-along version of Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" played and the $1 hot dogs were offered. The same fans marveled at Canadian geese that flew over the field in the 8th. In the middle of the 2nd, I overheard a little girl say "Why is everybody running around -- is the game over yet?"

With two outs in the 2nd, Harwich scored their first run on the night on a big mistake by the Orleans offense. With a runner between 1st and 2nd, and another runner on 3rd, SS Brandon Crawford (UCLA) threw to 1st basemen Nate Freiman (Duke) to try to get the runner in a run-down. They were unsuccessful, and the lead runner on 3rd scored at a play-at-the-plate.

The other big event of the night was when Chase D'Arnaud (Pepperdine) tried to steal home in the 4th. The umpire called him out on a close play, and this led field manager Kelly Nicholson to argue with the umps. I was getting hot dogs at the time, but both me and my brother agreed that he was clearly safe.

Pitching on both sides was impressive. Harwich closed the doors on the Cardinals in the last two innings with Evan Crawford (Auburn, 0.76 ERA) and Brett Jacobson (Vanderbilt). Jacobson relieved Crawford in the 9th to get the save. Harwich starter Corey Young (Seton Hall, pictured) had a total of 12 strikeouts with only one earned run. Orleans starter Craig Bennigson (California) had 10 strikeouts with only one earned run. For the small, complete set of photos click here.

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Over in Chatham, the A's clinched the playoffs with a 10-3 victory over the Brewster Whitecaps in front of the largest crowd of the season at Veteran's Field: 3456. Allan Dykstra (Wake Forest) had a great night with two home runs, a double, and 5 RBIs.