When you listen to a baseball broadcast, it’s expected to hear the number of wins and losses the two teams posses. What you don’t expect to hear, is the number of ties. For the Bourne Braves, Wareham Gatemen and Harwich Mariners, that extra wording after the losses column contains the number of ties, reading two for the Braves and one for the Gatemen and Mariners. But what confuses many people is the reason behind that number, and more importantly, how can there be a tie in baseball?
Unlike major league play, the Cape League rules along with town laws and agreements state that a game must be played in 12 innings and not one out more. If the game is tied after the bottom of the 12th, it’s a tie ballgame and it will end that way. Although rather frustrating to numerous baseball fans who come to games to see a victor at the end, the Cape League schedule is not tailored to games lasting to late hours in the night. Unlike the pros, not every stadium on the Cape has lights and if a game were to go into the 16th inning, play would eventually have to be called for darkness. Additionally, the Cape League schedule is so demanding and difficult. Because players are expected to perform at their best every game, having played four or five hours the night before creates a chance for the players’ performance to be hindered or an injury to occur.
Although a league that showcases players to the majors, Cape Cod Baseball stands as a league of its own. With that, ties are allowed and will remain standing on the scoreboard and being stated in broadcasts. An interesting and somewhat challenging adjustment for fans, it’s just another characteristic that makes the Cape League what it is today.
-Kayla Krasnoo, Contributor