Wareham 5, Cotuit 0
Sean Alder (USC) pitched a complete game shutout en route to the Gatemen’s (14-26-2) 14th win of the season – a 5-0 victory over the Kettleers (18-23-1). Wareham finish their regular season against Cotuit with a 4-2 record overall. Though the Kettleers notched one more hit (6) than the Gatemen’s five, they were kept scoreless as Adler posted six strikeouts over nine complete innings without walking a single batter. Offensively, things got rolling in the second as two walks and a single loaded the bases of Kyri Washington (Longwood). The seven-hitter capitalized on the bases loaded situation with a two RBI single to give the Gatemen the upper hand. Blake Lacey (Southern California) found himself with another bases loaded opportunity not much later on as he brought in two more with a stand up double. Despite the loss, Jackson Glines (Michigan) post a 2-for-3 night while Tres Barrera (Texas Austin) went 2-for-4. It was a tough loss for the Kettleers, who slip into fourth in the division and now have to find a way to pass the Harbor Hawks and regain third place as they take on Falmouth in a home-and-home, or else they risk facing the league-leading Braves, Wareham’s final opponent, in the first round.
Harwich 3, Y-D 1
The Mariners (25-15-2) took a big step toward a championship on Friday night by finally winning the season-long battle for first in the East and clinching the top spot with a win over the Red Sox (23-19-0). Both Y-D and Orleans had been pushing Harwich for the last few weeks, but the Mariners have gotten hot down the stretch, while the Sox and Firebirds have been slumping lately. In the clinching win, the Mariners got off to a fast start and never looked back. Angelo Amendolare (Jacksonville) hit an RBI double in the second to start the scoring, and then Anthony Hermelyn (Oklahoma) and C.J. Hinojosa (Texas) hit back-to-back RBI singles in the third to make it 3-0. Y-D did finally score in the sixth on a Jesse Jenner (San Diego) double, but for the most part James Mulry (Northeastern) was dominant on the mound, allowing just the one run on five hits in 6.2 innings for the win. It was a low-scoring affair, but the East champs had the edge the whole game. They now move on to a home-and-home with the Whitecaps, who could very well be their first round opponent, while Y-D will go up against Hyannis, before taking on Orleans in the first round.
Brewster 7, Orleans 2
The Whitecaps (16-24-2) are very much in the playoff picture right now, as their win over the Firebirds (22-18-2) has put them just a half-game back of Chatham for the final spot in the East. Meanwhile, with the division title clinched by Harwich, Orleans is now just fighting for home field advantage in their round one date with the Red Sox. A win at home would have helped their cause, but the Firebirds fell short, losing their fourth straight and getting only five hits in the process. The Whitecaps scored all seven of their runs in the first four innings, and then just left the game in the hands of reliever Levi MaVorhis (Kansas St.), who threw four no-hit innings to close out the game. Scott Kingery (Arizona) led the way at the plate for Brewster with three RBIs and a run scored, while Andrew Lee (Tennesee) got the scoring started with a two-run home run in the first inning. The Whitecaps take on the Mariners in their final two regular season games, and will do their best to add more games against Harwich to their schedule by snagging the final playoff spot. The team they are chasing, the Anglers, are next up for the Firebirds as they look to right the ship before the postseason begins.
Bourne 5, Chatham 0
The Braves (26-15-1) strengthened their own position atop the West by beating the Anglers (17-24-1), who now face the threat of missing the playoffs entirely. Chatham has been the coldest team in the league at the worst time, with just three wins in their last ten games, and now hold just a half-game lead over Brewster after being shut out by Bourne. Ryan Kellogg (Arizona St.) pitched what was undoubtedly the best start of the entire Cape League season and of his career, throwing a complete game one-hitter with eleven strikeouts and just one walk. In heart-breaking fashion, Landon Cray (Seattle) broke up the no-hitter with two outs in the ninth. It was hands-down the most dominant outing of the summer regardless though. Kellogg lowered his season ERA from 3.38 to 2.63 in the epic win. Zander Wiel (Vanderbilt) scored four of Bourne’s five total runs with a seventh inning grand slam to put an exclamation point on an excellent game for the Braves. They still don’t know who they’ll face in the first round of the playoffs, and Chatham is now left to wonder whether they’ll be facing anyone in the playoffs. They take on another slumping squad, the Firebirds, in the season ending home-and-home, while Bourne squares off with the eliminated Wareham Gatemen.
Hyannis 10, Falmouth 0
The Harbor Hawks (19-23-0) showed up in a big way in this one, as they crushed the Commodores (24-17-1), who were unable to keep pace with the West-leading Braves and will likely settle for second in the division. The win pushes Hyannis into third place in the West, but their half-game lead over the Kettleers will have to withstand the last two games of the season. If they keep playing like they did on Friday they won’t have to worry and every team in the league should be on high alert. Shaefer Shepard (Catawba) and his bullpen combined to allow just six hits in the shutout, while the offense pounded eleven hits off of Falmouth. Carl Wise (College of Charleston) had the big hit of the night, a three-run home run in the third, and Dylan Bosheers (Tennessee Tech) had added a solo shot of his own just two at-bats before Wise. Daniel Kihle (Wichita St.) also came up big, going 2-for-4 with four runs scored and two runs driven in. Hyannis controlled the whole contest, and they control their destiny and their playoff seed as they head into their home-and-home with Y-D, while Falmouth may be able to do the Harbor Hawks a favor as they take on Cotuit.