29 June 2007

East heats up as season unfolds

By Matt Rice
GateHouse News Service
Fri Jun 29, 2007, 06:27 AM EDT 

Brewster - The temperatures arent the only thing heating up on the Cape this week.
    Longtime rivals the Orleans Cardinals and Chatham As have battled to identical 7-4 records, good for second in the East division behind Yarmouth-Dennis. Meanwhile Brewster finds themselves just a game back at 6-5 while Harwich has struggled to a 3-8 record.

    The Cardinals have struggled with the bat this season, hitting only .224 as a team, just a point above the lowly Gatemen.
But where the bats have disappeared, the arms of their pitching staff have stepped in pick up the slack.
    Orleans is currently second in the league in team pitching (2.41 ERA) just behind Y-D.
The team is coming off a 3-1 win over the Hyannis Mets on Tuesday and a 6-2 win over Wareham on Monday.
    The Cardinals will hit the road for games against Harwich tonight and Y-D tomorrow night before hosting Cotuit on Sunday.

Chatham: The As find themselves just behind Orleans in team pitching (2.90 ERA) and seventh in the league in batting (.246).
    After defeating Orleans 4-1 on Sunday, the As lost 8-5 to Cotuit on Monday at home. They bounced back after that defeat with a 5-2 win over Wareham on Tuesday.
    Theyll play at Brewster tonight before hosting Bourne on Saturday.

Brewster: After a rare 16-5 blowout of Falmouth on Sunday, the Whitecaps find themselves mired in a two-game losing streak knocking them out of second in the East division.
Following a 7-2 loss to Bourne on Monday, the Whitecaps endured one of the worst losses in years as they took a four-run lead into the ninth only to watch Cotuit score five runs to win 11-10.
    Brewster will host Chatham tonight and Harwich tomorrow night before traveling to Falmouth on Sunday. 

Harwich: Things have gone form bad to worse for the Harwich Mariners as they find themselves in the midst of a five-game losing streak.
    After starting the season 3-1, the Mariners have struggled to a 1-7 mark the rest of the way.
    Harwich is in the middle of the pack for team hitting (.251) and pitching (3.59).
    Theyll host Orleans tonight and will travel to Brewster to play the Whitecaps tomorrow night.