There was barely a cloud in the sky on Day 21, the day before the 4th of July. It's still early in the summer season, but it was a perfect day to spend at the beach and then drive to Brewster. Stony Brook Field looks like it is settling in nicely, and the parking around the school was ample for the estimated crowd of 1032 people. Stony Brook, of course, is one of the only three fields without lights in the league. The field is probably best known for its very nice left-field scoreboard. It opened in 2006, and my only complaints are the steep hills in left and right field, which could be better utilized if they were flattened more or plateaued. Lights would be a welcome addition, but most of the crowd seems to be of the family persuasion and they do not seem necessary. Also, like Lowell Park (Cotuit), this field is nestled right in a typical quiet, cozy, Cape community that probably does not wish to be disturbed by the attention that lights would draw.
The Whitecaps ran away with this game 12-3, thanks to some powerful (no pun intended) hitting and some costly Cotuit errors for 4 unearned runs. The star of the game was Connor Powers (Mississippi State), who hit a grand slam to left in the 4th. Powers was assisted by a strong wind blowing out to center field.
The boxscore only shows 4 errors for Cotuit, but that doesn't begin to describe the frustrations they felt in the infield. Even USC star catcher Robert Stock (who we've been following) lost a routine foul ball in the summer sun. Skipper Mike Roberts (father of major leaguer Brian Roberts) was also visibly frustrated, as he argued a call late in the game.
The Kettleers didn't let the grand slam get them down in the 4th, and Jeff Kobernus (California) tried to kickstart the offense in the 6th with a triple. The Kettleers would go on to have the bases loaded, but would only produce one run that inning. Kobernus left his post at third base to pitch the 8th inning, allowing two more insurance runs from Brewster to seal the deal.
Both teams looked very strong at the plate and it's easy to see why they're both near the top of their divisions.