by Evan Barber (Living the Dream Blog)
August 2, 2011
COTUIT – Despite the playoff dreams being shattered, it was another day of baseball at Lowell Park for the final game of the season.
One final game for the 2011 Cotuit Kettleers, and it was one final win. The Kettleers earned their 16th win of the season by a final tally of 3-0.
The Kettleers drew first blood in the third. Krey Bratsen (Texas A&M) started things off for the Kettleers with a one-out single. Logan Vick (Baylor) then walked, pushing Bratsen into scoring position. With two outs Jordan Leyland (UC Irvine) singled to right scoring Bratsen from second.
The Kettleers struck again in the 5th. Kevin Roundtree (Southern California) smoked a lead-off double to the gap in right-center field to start the inning. Bratsen then grounded right back to Patrick Lowery (Columbia) on the mound for the easy out. Lowery, however, tossed the ball over the head of first basemen Taylor Ard (Washington State) allowing Bratsen to reach second while Roundtree advanced to third. Alex Yarbrough (Mississippi) grounded out to first but scored Roundtree. With Bratsen on third Vick lined one to right and Bratsen trotted home for his second run of the game. Bratsen’s trot would be the final run of the summer.
Four Kettleers pitchers combined to shut out the Whitecaps in this one.
Kevin Ziomek (Vanderbilt) started for the Kettleers and struck out four through his six innings of work. Ziomek allowed just three hits, and looked rejuvenated and back to the pitcher we saw on his first start.
Kendall Graveman (Mississippi State) and Michael Clevinger (Seminole State) pitched the 7th and 8th respectively. Graveman gave up just one hit in his inning and struck out one of the three batters he faced. In the 8th Clevinger gave up two hits and also struck out one.
Bobby Wahl (Mississippi) was back in form in the 9th to shut the door. Wahl struck out two of the four batters he faced and didn’t give up a hit. The sole base runner of the inning reached on an error by Torston Boss (Michigan State) at third, the only Cotuit error of the game.
Before the game General Manager Bruce Murphy presented the 2011 team Most Valuable Player and Pitching MVP. The MVP went to the slugger, Victor Roache. The pitching MVP trophy will not live far from Roache’s MVP trophy as fellow Georgia Southern Eagle Chris Beck was this year’s top pitcher.
Despite the playoffs being out of the picture, the Cotuit faithful flocked to Lowell Park for the final day of the 2011 season. Ivan “Have a Hit” Partridge climbed into the home bleachers giving some direction to one section of Cotuit fans. After Ivan’s 1,2,3 call the entire section hollared out one final “HAVE A HIT”.
It was an emotional post game ceremony for players, host families, and coaches. Coach Mike Roberts was in tears as he thanked his men for the effort they gave him this year. When the huddle broke up Roberts walked around hugging each of his players.
The end. Cape League baseball in Cotuit is done for the summer, and it sure has been a ride.