By: James Middleton | West Chester University
Falmouth, MA — 44 games later, Cotuit traveled to Falmouth to take on the Commodores in the final game of the regular season. The hottest team in July kept it going, posting a record of 17-7, defeating the Ketts 7-3.
Cotuit sent a multitude of pitchers to the mound, getting players reps before the playoffs begin on Friday. The first three pitchers that took the mound were Brian Young (Rider), Camden Mounts (Catholic University), and Will Jacobsen (Harvard). Mounts, making his first appearance, had the longest stint on the mound, pitching two innings and letting up one run while striking out one.
The final three pitchers were James Quinlivian (Northeastern), Mason Murdock (UNC-Wilmington), and Ben Kovel (Pittsburgh). Falmouth was able to get the bulk of their runs against the latter half of the pitching, as they scored six between the fifth and eighth innings.
The Kettleer offense was held scoreless for the first four innings before they got it going in the fifth. In a full count, Jack Scanlon (Miami) got a hold of one, sending it deep over the right field wall for a solo home run.
An inning later, the Ketts tacked on two more. Sean Keys (Bucknell) continued his hot streak hitting a solo shot to lead off the sixth. A batter later, newly activated Jeffery Heard (Oregon) singled. In his first game with Cotuit, Heard had two hits, both being singles. With two outs and the runners going, a ball got past the Falmouth catcher allowing Heard to score from second for the Ketts final tally.
The offense was held scoreless for the final three frames, notching six hits against the Commodore pitching staff.
Cotuit ends the regular season with the best record and most points in the Cape League. The Ketts will have an off day Thursday before the playoffs begin Friday night at Lowell Park. The defending champion, Bourne Braves, will be Cotuit’s first-round matchup welcoming them to Lowell Park at four o’clock on Friday.