By Jon Mettus
August 3, 2015
With Falmouth’s loss to Bourne on Sunday the Kettleers took hold of the fourth and final playoff spot in the West. Cotuit will face the West’s top-seeded Hyannis Harbor Hawks on Monday at McKeon Park at 6 p.m. The two teams will play again on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Lowell Park. Game 3, if necessary, will be at McKeon Park on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Harbor Hawks.
Bobby Melley (Connecticut) — .526 (10-for-19)
Corey Bird (Marshall) — .344 (32-for-93)
Jacob Noll (Florida Gulf Coast) — .326 (44-for-135)
Austin Hays (Jacksonville) — 47
Jacob Noll — 44
Erroll Robinson (Mississippi) — 44
Runs batted in:
Jacob Noll — 21
Blake Tiberi (Louisville) — 20
Austin Hays — 19
Earned run average:
Aaron Civale (Northeastern) — 0.36 (1 R / 1 ER / 25 IP)
Kevin Roy (Columbia) — 0.65 (7 R / 1 ER / 13.2 IP)
Dakota Hudson (Mississippi State) — (15 R / 8 ER / 42.2 IP)
Nick Deeg* — 4 wins, 3 losses (48.1 IP)
Devin Smeltzer (Florida Gulf Coast) — 4 wins, 3 losses (31.1 IP)
Blake Quinn (Cal State Fullerton) — 3 wins, 1 loss (38.2 IP)
Thomas Burrows (Alabama) — 3 wins, 0 losses (22 IP)
Game 1 (June 10): Hyannis 5, Cotuit 0
Nick Deeg (Central Michigan) spoiled Cotuit’s home opener and second game of the season. The Hyannis starting pitcher went 7 innings and two-hit the Kettleers. Kettleers starter Cal Becker (Riverside Community College) lasted just two innings and was tagged with three runs and the loss.
Game 2 (June 16): Hyannis 7, Cotuit 3
Defensive mistakes, including three errors, marred Cotuit in a game in which its starter, Matt Milburn (Wofford) was charged with just two unearned runs through six innings. The Kettleers bullpen struggled, surrendering five runs in the last two innings.
Game 3 (June 25): Hyannis 2, Cotuit 1
Hyannis hit a walk-off single in the ninth inning to top the Kettleers in a pitcher’s duel between Cotuit’s Jon Woodcock (Virginia Tech) and Hyannis’ Nick Deeg. The Kettleers had tied the game at one run apiece in the seventh inning — tagging Deeg with his first earned run in his 22 innings pitched on the year at the time — but gave up the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Game 4 (July 5): Hyannis 11, Cotuit 5
The Harbor Hawks hitters took advantage of Cotuit’s two tandem starters Daniel Brown (Mississippi State) and Duncan Robinson (Dartmouth) and four errors. Brown and Robinson combined for 11 runs allowed — eight earned — over six innings. The Kettleers scored all five of its runs in the final three frames, but were unable to complete the massive comeback.
Game 5 (July 29): Hyannis 5, Cotuit 2
Kettleers starter Jon Woodcock got out of jams in the early innings, including a triple to start the game, but in the fourth inning the Harbor Hawks eventually got to him. Woodcock gave up a run before Duncan Robinson came in and let two inherited runners score, along with two of his own an inning later before settling down. Will Haynie (Alabama) drove in the Kettleers’ two runs and the team was held to just five hits overall.
Game 6 (July 29): Hyannis 6, Cotuit 2
The Kettleers gave up just one earned run in another sloppy defensive performance against Hyannis. Four errors contributed to Hyannis’ six runs. Austin Sexton (Mississippi State) started and was the only Cotuit pitcher charged with an earned run.