EDITOR'S NOTE: The following report comes to CodBall from Pat Gordon who has been a huge baseball fan since he was young. He lives in Hyannis and grew up watching Cape League baseball. He is back on the Cape after a few years away. We hope he continues to post for us.
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The Hyannis Mets were able to pick up a fog-shortened win on Friday night, as they played host to the Bourne Braves in their 2009 Cape Cod League opener. Bourne's Scott Woodward (Coastal Carolina) led off the game with a single, but the Braves were unable to drive him in. Mets center fielder Jamal Austin (UAB) responded in the bottom half of the first with a leadoff single. He stole second, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and would go on to score later in the inning, giving the Mets a lead which they would never surrender. Austin was the star for the Mets, with 2 hits, 2 stolen bases and a run.
Bourne starter Turner Phelps (James Madison) ended up giving up 4 runs (3 earned) to take the loss. For Hyannis, Austin Hudson (Central Florida) threw 6 strong innings, giving up only 1 run and picked up the win.
The game was called in the 7th inning, after a 30 minute fog delay. The fog was there from the start, but got much thicker as the game progressed. The umpires deemed it too thick to play, probably after they were unable to see the Mets' right fielder make a play on a Braves base hit.
It was a great start for the Mets, who play their next game on the road, in Chatham against the Anglers on Saturday at 7:00. The Braves will host the Y-D Red Sox on Saturday at 7:00 as well.