By: Nick Solari, Writing Intern, Quinnipiac University
August 14, 2013
Orleans 2, Cotuit 4
Good When it Counts:
- The Kettleers got yet another late-inning go-ahead hit in Game 1 of the finals tonight at Lowell Park.
- In the bottom of the eighth inning, tied 2-2 with Orleans, lead-off hitter Bradley Zimmer (San Francisco) lined an 0-2 pitch up the middle to drive in two runs, putting Cotuit up 4-2. Strangely enough Zimmer, who left for Team USA midseason, is the only Kettleer to play in every game vs. Orleans this season.
- Wesley Cox (Texas San Antonio) retired the side in order in the top half of the ninth, and the Cotuit took Game 1 by the final score of 4-2.
Familiar with the Big Dance:
- Tonight’s game officially marked the fourth time in six years in which the Cotuit Kettleers have appeared in the Cape Cod Baseball League Championship series. The last time Orleans and Cotuit met in the finals was 1986.
- The last time the Kettleers won the CCBL title was in 2010.
- With the 4-2 victory over Orleans, Cotuit needs one more win to capture the franchise’s 16th CCBL championship.
Playing Under Protest:
- If you were at Lowell Park for Game 1, you may be wondering why both coaches and the home plate umpire converged behind the plate for a lengthy discussion before the start of the seventh inning… The reason behind the conversation was that Kettleers coach Mike Roberts had placed the game under protest. Firebirds’ manager Kelly Nicholson had listed Trent Szkutnik (Michigan) as the starting pitcher on the game’s official lineup card, and ended up throwing Bobby Poyner (Florida) instead.
Home Sweet Home:
- With the win, the Kettleers are now a perfect 4-0 at Lowell Park in the playoffs.
Cooling off the Firebirds Early:
- After Cotuit starter Evan Beal (South Carolina) retired Orleans in order in the top half of the first, the Kettleers quickly grabbed two runs in the bottom of the first.
- Bradley Zimmer (San Francisco) led off the game with an infield single, then Caleb Bryson (Samford) ripped a ball to the opposite field for a homerun, putting the Kettleers on top 2-0. The ball barely cleared the fence in right, and fell barely to the left of the foul pole in right field.
Continuing to Amaze:
- Bryson has now hit six homeruns in his nine games with the Kettleers, he was picked up on August 2 by Cotuit.
- He was 1-5 with four strikeouts in tonight’s game.
- The 6’1” 205 lbs. right-handed hitter homered four times in his first three games with Cotuit, as well.
Supporting the Pitching Staff:
- Third baseman Danny Diekroeger (Stanford) made a very nice defensive play on the second batter in tonight’s ballgame. Will Fulmer (Montevallo) hit a ball on the ground towards Diekroeger at third, and he made a diving play to his glove side, stabbed the ball, and threw a strike to first for the second out of the inning.
- There were two key plays in the late innings of the game Wednesday night in which runners were thrown out.
- Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh, Diekroeger singled with two outs. The next batter was Jake Fincher (NC State), who lined a ball into the gap. Diekroeger tried scoring from first base, but was called out by the home plate umpire for the third out of the inning.
- In the next half, Austin Davidson (Pepperdine) hit a gaper of his own to lead off the inning. Davidson got greedy, however, and was thrown out trying to take third base on a quick Kettleers relay from the outfield.