The Bourne Braves and the Cotuit Ketleers lead their respective playoff series after one thrilling Saturday on Cape Cod. Cotuit began the day with a 3-0 victory over the Y-D Red Sox, and the Braves beat the Orleans Firebirds 3-2. Here is today's schedule as confirmed last night by Commissioner Paul Gallop:
Y-D at Cotuit, 3PM (Game 2, Best 2 out of 3) Bourne at Orleans, 4PM (Game 2, Best 2 out of 3)
A few honorable mentions so far.
First, Cotuit has had to win two in order to get to where they are, on the cusp of a championship berth. They may not get there, but that team has accomplished a lot. They won a single-elimination game and then drove to Y-D to beat a powerful team. The Ketleers have a postseason team batting average of .254 (surprisingly Bourne is last with .138).
How about Jeremy Gould of Orleans. Here is his postseason line: .667 AVG, 4 hits in 6 at-bats with 2 RBIs. He has a .750 on-base percentage after two games.
The pitching has been splendid. Cotuit's Justin Grimm and Chad Bell have combined for 15 strikeouts.
Although Howe Sports Data doesn't have Y-D pitching stats this morning I watched Chris Sale get 10 strikeouts during the internet broadcast yesterday.
I like the new playoff format. We have debated on this blog whether the CCBL is a showcase league or a competitive league. These close, well-played games are testament that the league is both.
I hope to make the Orleans game at 4 pm today after running in the Falmouth Road Race.