Red Sox Squeeze by Kettleers; Game 3 on Friday

by Andrew Wirtanen in


For the second time in the last 10 years, the CCBL Championship will be decided at Red Wilson Field. The scene is similar to 2006, when Y-D forced a game 3 at home vs. Wareham. Peter Gammons being interviewed for WBZ's webcast

A reported 3,414 fans caught the last game of the season at Lowell Park in Cotuit. As usual, cars were lined up down the bordering streets, and finding a close parking spot was difficult unless you parked before 2pm. For the first few innings, the sun was very hot and beamed down on the fans in the home and visitor side bleachers. Then, the sun hid behind some clouds and a cool breeze became more frequent.

Both Y-D's John Leonard (Boston College) and Cotuit's Austin Wood (St. Petersburg JC) were impressive and held a close game for the first 6 innings. The first run of the game didn't come until the 5th inning with a smart Kettleer squeeze play after a walk and an error helped move runners in scoring position. Tyler Hanover (LSU) made it 2-0 Red Sox in the 7th with an RBI double. Cotuit's James McCann (Arkansas) put Cotuit on the board in the bottom of the 8th with his 2nd postseason home run (his first one was against Wareham).

It seemed that nearly every inning, both teams were threatening. If there was a runner on 1st, both teams would either attempt a bunt or a steal. Assuming the pitching is also high quality on Friday, I wouldn't expect any different. But, Red Wilson Field is notoriously a homer-friendly park.