1999 Championship Cotuit Kettleers


Photo by Sean Walsh 
Cotuit All-Star outfielder and league stolen base leader Rich Thompson of James Madison taking a hack during post-season action.

Head coach Mike Coutts and his Cotuit Kettleers could hear the fat (excuse me, vertically challenged) lady warming up as Game Two of the best-of-three championship series was drawing to a close. Having dropped the first game 9-4 at Chatham, the Kettleers were behind for all of Game Two and down 2-1 in the ninth before clutch hitting from Jason Colson and Daryl Hallada scored speedster Shawn Pearson and play-off MVP Garrett Atkins to even the series with a 3-2 win. 

Cotuit staked Kettleer starter Mike Schultz to a 4-0 lead by mid Game Three, and it proved more than the Loyola Marymount righty needed as he took the complete game 7-1 victory and gave the Kettleers the 1999 title. 

Winner of the Howe Sportsdata Star of Stars Play-off MVP Award, Atkins went 9 for 23 (.391) in six games, picking up two homers and eight RBI in the process. 

The '99 Championship marked not only Cotuit's second title of the decade, but head coach Mike Coutts' second as well. Calling the shots for Cotuit during 1995 and 1996, Mike brought home the '95 trophy before taking a two-year hiatus from the CCBL during 1997 and 1998. 

On another happy note for long-time Cape League spectators, the presentation of the newly-named Arnold Mycock Championship Trophy was made to the Cotuit patriarch's very own Kettleers. 

Photo by Sean Walsh 
Purdue's Daryl Hallada is mobbed by his 
teammates after the Kettleers beat Chatham in
 game 2 of the 1999 championship series.