The highlight of the weekend was Cotuit's Chad Bell (Walters State) tossing a no-hitter as he led the Kettleers to an 8-2 win over Chatham. In the complete game effort, Bell only allowed 3 walks while striking out 8. Chatham's runs scored in the ninth inning when runners reached on a walk and and an error. They came around to score on a fielder's choice ground out and a passed ball. Cotuit entered the game having lost 6 straight and with a 1-8-1 mark over their previous 10 games. After seeming to get back on track with a sweep of a home and home series against Brewster late last week, it was a wasted weekend for Chatham. The Anglers dropped an 8-1 decision to Yarmouth-Dennis in an important Eastern division clash on Saturday before being stymied by Bell yesterday.
On Sunday, Harwich and Hyannis played a 15 inning; 5 hour and 13 minute marathon with the Mariners coming out on top, 6-5. Hyannis took a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth. With one out, Phil Gosselin (Virginia) singled and Trent Mummey (Auburn) doubled. Mark Gormley (Brown) got Daniel Grovatt (Virginia) to pop to short for the second out. Hyannis went to the bullpen and brought in Sam Houston's Dallas Gallant. Connor Powers (Mississippi State) greeted Gallant with a double to send the game into extra innings.
The score remained 4-4 into the 14th inning before Hyannis pushed across a run. Harwich came right back in the home half of the inning and tied the game on another two-out hit when Gosselin doubled home Stuart Tapley (Florida State) who had walked to start the inning.
In the 15th, Joe Loftus (Vanderbilt) walked to get things started. He was sacrificed to second and moved to third on a groundout. Bryant's Jeff Vigurs singled to center to put an end to the longest game of the season.
It was a very long but productive weekend for Harwich. The Mariners beat Wareham 9-7 in a game that took 3 hr. and 15 min. on Saturday night. The two wins bring Harwich to within a game of the .500 mark at 11-12. For Hyannis, this loss followed a 10-2 pounding at the hands of Falmouth on Saturday.
Falmouth can't seem to find any consistency. They were involved in two high-scoring games over the weekend as they followed up the win over Hyannis by losing 9-2 to Orleans. It was the second nine run outburst in two nights for the Firebirds who beat Brewster 9-4 on Saturday.
With a mix of very strong pitching and solid offensive support, Bourne had won 8 of 9 heading into their game with Brewster yesterday. The Whitecaps were on a three game losing streak. Kyle Blair reversed that trend with an outstanding pitching performance. The righthander from San Diego went the distance and shut down the Braves offense, allowing just 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out 12 in a dominating performance. Both of the Braves runs were unearned. For the season, Blair is now 2-0 with a 0.92 ERA in 29.1 innings over 5 starts.
Coming off a sloppy performance in that 9-7 loss to Harwich, Wareham earned a point for the weekend when they played to a 2-2 tie against Y-D. The Gatemen received a strong start from Indiana's Blake Monar (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1R, 7K's) and led 2-0 going into the eighth. The Red Sox pulled within one in the eighth and tied it in the ninth when Mickey Wiswall (Boston College) homered to the opposite field off of Texas' Brandon Workman. One of the Cape League's stars of the 2008 season, Workman was making his first appearance of the summer. Y-D now has 29 pts., closely followed by Chatham (28 pts.) and Orleans (26 pts.). The Red Sox have played two more games than Chatham and four more than Orleans.
NOTES: After being hit in the arm by a pitch on Thursday, Y-D's Austin Wates (Virginia Tech) returned to the Red Sox lineup in a pinch-running capacity yesterday. Wates is tied with Falmouth's Todd Cunningham (Jacksonville State) for the top spot in average at .385... Y-D (.259) leads by a wide margin in team batting average over Falmouth and Hyannis (both at .235)... Not that long ago, Chatham was second in the league in batting. The Anglers are now tied for eighth with Harwich at .210... Brewster now leads in homeruns with 14, having taken over the top spot from Wareham (13)... Harwich has only hit 3 homeruns... Bourne's pitching staff leads the pack with a 2.57 ERA, followed by Orleans at 2.63... Bourne's Stephen Harrold (UNC-Wilmington) has tied Y-D's Tyler Burgoon (Michigan) for the lead with 6 saves... Falmouth's Hunter Morris (Auburn) has 3 homeruns but is struggling with a .189 avg... Cotuit's Kevin Patterson (Auburn) also has 3 homers but the 2008 All Star is batting just .177... Since being released by Chatham, Bourne's Nick Schwaner (New Orleans) is batting .302... Wareham is in the midst of a 7 games in 5 days stretch.