By: Sean Bailey, Writing Intern, Providence College
August 4, 2013
Cotuit 9 Falmouth 3
-Cotuit rebounded from a tough 9-5 loss at Falmouth Saturday night. The Kettleers were keyed by the long ball as they mashed four on the day. They finished second in the Cape League behind Falmouth with 30 homers on the season. The game was called for rain in the bottom of the seventh, the first shortened game the Kettleers played all season. They finish the year with a 25-18-1 record.
-Cotuit welcomed in a new pitcher as Vaughn Hayward (Bryant) Sunday with a start. Hayward went 4 2/3 innings giving up five hits and striking out two. He did not allow a run.
Awards and Honors
-Sunday was a special day at Lowell Park. Not only was it the regular season finale, but also the team honored host families prior to the game. Then the team handed out their MVP awards to the best position player and pitcher. Rhett Wiseman (Vanderbilt) won MVP for the position players and Jared Walsh (Georgia) won MVP for the pitching staff.
-Cotuit had a monster first inning that was powered by the long ball. Caleb Bryson (Samford) hit his third homer. Danny Diekroeger (Stanford) also knocked his second homer in consecutive days, which powered Cotuit to a 4-0 lead. But the Kettleers weren’t done. Bryson collected his second homer of the game in the fourth, and Mark Payton (Texas) yanked his first in the fourth as well. All four of Bryson’s hits this season have been homeruns.
On the Defensive
-Cotuit’s defense was superb Sunday. They turned two double plays, which ended innings for Hayward. And they made no errors on the day. Also Hunter Cole (Georgia) made a head first diving catch on a sinking line drive to right center in the fifth inning.
-Cotuit is slated as the third seed, with Hyannis officially clinching the Western Division. That means Cotuit will square off with Falmouth for the first round. The first game will be in Falmouth at a time to be determined.