By John Garner, Jr.Director of Public Relations & Broadcasting
For the second time in the past four years, the Harwich Mariners captured the Cape Cod Baseball League championship Saturday with a gut-wrenching 7-5 win over Falmouth before a late-night crowd of over 3,000 fans at Guv Fuller Field.
After overtaking Brewster, two games to one, in the opening round, Manager Steve Englert and Co., swept past Y-D in the East and the upstart Commodores in the finals to win the coveted CCBL crown. Harwich won Game 1 of the finals with a tight 5-4 victory over the Commodores at Whitehouse Field Friday night.Falmouth had plenty of chances to extend it to Game 3 as it stranded 17 runners and out-hit Harwich, 16-12. East Carolina’s John Wooten led the Mariners’ fense with home runs in both Games 1 and 2. Mike Garza (Georgetown) hit .379 with four RBI and was named Star of Stars Playoff MVP for the Mariners.
Before its win in 2008, the Mariners had not captured the CCBL title since 1987, while Falmouth had not won the crown since 1980, although its’04 team led by MVP Daniel Carte, Cliff Pennington and Jacoby Ellsbury reached the finals before losing to Y-D. Relief ace Chris Overman (North Carolina St.) of Harwich finished the season with a 0.00 ERA, pitching 33 innings without giving up an earned run. He preserved his perfect streak by getting out a bases-loaded, none-out situation in the ninth inning against the Commodores Saturday night.
Falmouth, which entered the playoffs as fourth seed in the West, knocked off top seed Hyannis and second seed Wareham, to reach the finals.