July 5, 2017
FALMOUTH – Adam Scott (Wofford) walked off the mound to a standing ovation from traveling Cotuit fans. A smile crept across the lefty’s face as he looked up to his teammates and the crowd. Chase Cohen (Georgia Southern) and Seth Shuman (Georgia Southern) waited outside the dugout as Scott headed over. The two embraced their starter before he headed to the bullpen for more hugs.
Tomorrow morning Scott will be back in his hometown, Canandaigua, N.Y., for just one day before heading back to Wofford for summer classes. Wednesday night, Scott made one final start for Cotuit before going home.
With his father, Robert, in attendance, Scott threw six innings in his final Kettleers’ (12-9) game at Falmouth (11-10). He gave up just two runs to lead Cotuit to a 9-3 victory over the Commodores. The win is Cotuit’s second win in as many days against Falmouth, setting the season series at 3-1. Scott’s win also jumps Cotuit up the leaderboard to first place in the West Division.
“It’s just a special evening” said Robert. “A very proud evening.”
Scott finished the season with a 2-1 record coupled with a 4.05 earned run average. In six appearances, Scott gave up more than two runs just once all season and thrived in pivotal moments.
Cotuit head coach Mike Roberts called Scott the “MVP of the game” for his 4.2 relief innings against Brewster on June 23. After Cotuit fell 4-0 early in the first inning, Scott held Brewster scoreless in relief as Cotuit caked on runs to come out on top.
This Wednesday night, Scott proved himself again. Despite giving up two solo home runs, Scott only yielded five hits in six innings and struck out four. Unlike most days where his breaking balls are his go-to pitches, Scott said, he utilized his fastball most in tough situations.
Scott cruised through the first six innings, giving up just one home run, as Cotuit led 5-1. Roberts sent him out to pitch into the seventh inning, but was quickly pulled.
Marty Bechina (Michigan State) aired out a ball over right center-field to put Falmouth’s second run on the board. Cotuit catcher Ivan Gonzalez (West Virginia) strolled out to the rubber as Scott tried to send him back. The two stood on the pitcher’s mound, laughing as Scott tried to keep the game moving before Roberts could make a mound visit.
“I was trying to do anything not to come out Scott said.” “When the ump told Ivan to come back I said to Ivan ‘stay. I don’t want to be done with my season.”
Roberts ventured out of the bullpen and made his way to the mound. Scott turned around and hid the ball in his glove before turning to face Roberts. He knew it was over. He just didn’t want it to be.
“What Adam said was, ‘Oh I can’t believe the last pitch I’ll throw until next February will be a home run,’” Roberts said. “But I said ‘no. You just threw six great innings.’”
Scott trudged towards the Cotuit dugout with a grin from ear-to-ear as he hugged each player one by one.
Among College World Series champions and All-American players, Scott made one of the strongest impressions on the team, Roberts said.
The southpaw from Wofford took the mound against the strongest powers in baseball and excelled against them.
“I think this has been a great test for him because it’s given him the confidence to play (against) these players,” Robert said.