We now know that Yarmouth-Dennis and Cotuit will meet to decide the championship. For those of you who like your baseball played in natural daylight, the games will be played in South Yarmouth on Wednesday, Cotuit on Thursday, and, if necessary, back in South Yarmouth on Friday. First pitch will be at 3:00 for all three games. While Y-D bludgeoned Harwich and Orleans by a combined score of 49-17 in four games, Cotuit took care of business by sweeping Falmouth and Wareham by a more modest, but still impressive, combined score of 19-7. So much for the Kettleers six game losing streak to end the season. Of course, 10 of the 17 runs that the Red Sox allowed came in Game 1 against Orleans in a game the Red Sox comfortably won, 23-10.
I'm really going out on a limb (Not!) to say that Y-D must be considered a heavy favorite. I'm hoping for a good, competitive championship series. I don't think anyone involved with the league, nor the fans, wants to see games end in scores of 23-10 and 13-4. Well, no one except for the people associated with the team that wins by that score.
Y-D won the championship in 2004, 2006 and 2007. They will be trying to make it four championships in seven years for the franchise. Cotuit will be playing in their third championship series in a row. The Kettleers lost to Harwich in 2008 and to Bourne last year. For the Mariners, that was their first league title since 1987. For the Braves, the title was their first ever. Cotuit does not want a three-peat. After the Kettleers win tonight, I couldn't help but think of Mike Roberts words, as reported by Ashley Crosby in her High Heels at Home Plate blog. At the CCBL's First Pitch Brunch back in June, when it was Roberts turn to talk about this year's team, he said "If you want to win a championship, play Cotuit in the finals." The man does have a sense of humor!
Y-D may be a clear-cut favorite, but I'm a believer in the saying that "Momentum is only as good as tomorrow's starting pitcher." The Red Sox look like they will lay the lumber to any pitcher right now, but I'm hopeful that we get to see an exciting three-game series. Enjoy the games everyone!