5 August 2001
Down by one point and in third place in the West behind Falmouth and first place Wareham, the Braves began the day on the verge of being eliminated from the playoffs by any combination of potential outcomes. Had Falmouth won just one of its two games slated for Sunday (Aug. 5) it would have eliminated Bourne altogether, even with a Bourne victory.
The Chatham A's wrapped up the season on the heels of a brilliant 7-3 run but fell to Orleans 6-1 at Veterans Field Sunday (Aug. 5). With Y-D's win over Falmouth Sunday night, the A's and Red Sox finished tied for first place at 25-19. Both will share regular season East Division Champion honors.
In spite of Chatham's loss, the A's had an incredible week, on Tuesday (July 31) simultaneously winning the franchise's 900th victory (since the modern inception of the league in 1963) and Field Manager John Schiffner's 200th career victory. That victory also clinched a playoff spot for the A's, a 2-0 shutout of the Commodores.
The A's will host the Y-D Red Sox at Veterans Field at 7 p.m. Tuesday night, Aug. 7. The Y-D Red Sox will host the A's at Merrill "Red" Wilson Field, Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 3 p.m. In the event that a third game is necessary in either divisional series, the time and date of those games will be announced. Should the A's and Red Sox split the first two games of the series, the third and final game will be held at Veterans Field on Thursday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. Should the Braves and Gatemen split the first two games of their divisional series, the third and final game will be held at Wareham's Spillane Field at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9.
The Cotuit Kettleers closed out the season with a 10-1 record in the team's last 11 games, coming just a hair's breadth away from making the West Division race even more interesting than it was. In Field Manager Mike Coutts' final game as a CCBL manager, the Kettleers hosted the Hyannis Mets Sunday night (Aug. 5) at Lowell Park, walking away with an 8-4 victory. While the Mets made things interesting with a four-run bid in the eighth, two-year veteran righty Ryan Combs (NC State) had kept the door shut long enough in the early innings and had received enough run support to garner the win. Combs, a 2000 CCBL all-star, finished 2-3 on the season with a lifetime CCBL record of 4-7. The Kettleers finished at an even .500 at 20-20-4. The Mets finished at 17-27. Villanova righty Tom Kandybowicz notched the loss to finish with a 2-4 record on the summer.
Wareham Notches Another Top Dog -- There must be something in the water in Wareham and at Texas A&M. For the sixth time since Chuck Knoblauch hit .361 for the Gatemen in 1988, Wareham added yet another CCBL Batting Champion to its credit. Hitting .368 as of Aug. 4 with one game left to play, Texas A&M's Eric Reed was ahead of the closest challenger (teammate Matt Murton/Georgia Tech) by a healthy .037 points. Reed joins fellow Texas A&M former stars Mike Hickey and Knoblauch as the third Texas A&M and Wareham player to take the CCBL Batting Crown. Hickey hit .366 in 1991 and Knoblauch hit .361 in 1988.
Earning the nod on the mound as the Coca-Cola Pitcher of the Week was Harwich Mariner righty ace Luke Robertson. A 2001 Cape League all-star, Robertson closed out a fine season (3-3/1.46 ERA) by hurling a complete-game, one-hitter versus the first place Y-D Red Sox. He walked one and struck out nine. He had 59 Ks in 55.1 innings pitched (nine appearances) this summer.
No Surprise in the Relief Department -- This past Saturday Bourne's Ryan Speier was presented with the Russ Ford Outstanding Relief Award. Speier, who set a new league record in saves (16) signed with the Colorado Rockies late in the season. In 20 games and 20 innings pitched, he allowed just one run (unearned), walked six and struck out 35.
Coutts to Hand Over Reins to Assistant -- Mike Coutts has announced that he will be stepping down as Cotuit's field manager after the season. He will continue his association with the team as a member of the Board of Directors. Coutts won championships in `95 and `99 for the Kettleers in five seasons. Garrett Quinn will take over in '02. Quinn is the pitching coach for St. Thomas University and played for Falmouth in 1995.
A Home Run in Spite of Weather -- The Hyannis Mets held the team's first-ever Home Run Derby at McKeon Field Saturday, Aug. 4, in spite of consistent rain. Eventually, lightning caused the two dozen or so participants to head for shelter. Mets Field Manager and former Cape League all-star Mike Juhl and Mets Pitching Coach Keith Stohr both participated while Holy Cross outfielder/pitcher Jay Carberry, an intern for the Mets this summer, won the event with his sole, water-logged bomb. Yes, after one or two contestants all the baseballs were wet. Nevertheless, George Bent Jr. of Centerville and Olivia Stohr of Mashpee both won the children's level. Stohr hit three home runs while Bent hit four, each winning a gift certificate.