08/05/2003 9:34 AM
for immediate release: 5 August, 2003
Brewster and Orleans Qualify for CCBL Playoffs in East
Bourne and Hyannis are Top Guns in the Wild West
CAPE COD, Mass. – All four playoff teams have qualified as the Brewster Whitecaps (24-16-3: 51 pts) and Orleans Cardinals (24-18-1: 49 pts) represent the East Division, while the Bourne Braves (23-19-1: 47 pts) and Hyannis Mets (21-18-4: 46 pts) are the West participants.
Brewster knocked the Chatham A's out of the playoff race with a 4-3 win, while Hyannis eliminated the Cotuit Kettleers from postseason with a 2-2 tie in a game called because of darkness in the top of the ninth inning.
Orleans qualified for the postseason, despite a grueling 3-2 loss to Harwich in 20 innings, the longest game in modern Cape League history. Bourne dropped a 7-4 contest to Yarmouth-Dennis.
Playoffs begin Thursday, weather permitting. Starting times in Bourne, Brewster and Hyannis are at 3 p.m. Starting time in Orleans is 7. Sites and times will be announced following tonight's regular season finale games.
Both divisional playoffs are best two-out-of three, with the two winners meeting in the league championship series beginning either Saturday (if both divisional winners sweep) or Sunday. the league championship is also a best two-out-of-three.
The CCBL league championship series will be televised on College Sports Television (CSTV), beginning with Sunday's game on channel 610 on DirecTV. Cool 102 (101.9) and Free Teamline (www.capecodbaseball.org)will broadcast live Game 2 and if necessary, game 3 of the League Championship series. - John Garner, Jr., CCBL Director of Public Relations & Broadcasting
Records Tumble Monday Night in the Cape League
The longest game in the modern era of the Cape League occurred Monday night when the Harwich Mariners outlasted the Orleans Cardinals, 3-2, in 20 innings before 4,615 fans at Eldredge Park.
The league curfew of not being able to begin an inning after 11:30 pm was waived because of the playoff implications by the league commissioner's office. The marathon lasted five hours and 52 minutes before Harwich finally pushed across a run in the top of the 20th inning and second baseman Tug "McGraw" Hulett recorded the save in his first collegiate mound appearance.
The longest previous game was 18 innings with Orleans at Wareham on June 20, 1999, in a game which took five hours and 14 minutes. In that game, Lance Niekro, son of former 20-game winner Joe Niekro and nephew of Hall of Famer Phil Niekro, earned the save.
On the other end of the Cape, pitcher Jeff Gogal of Falmouth finally gave up an earned run after 41.2 innings, after surrendering a long home run and two-run single to All-Star shortstop Andy LaRoche of Wareham, fresh off the injured list. The Commodores swept a rare day-night doubleheader over the Gatemen, 5-3 and 6-5. - John Garner, CCBL Director of Public Relations & Broadcasting
John Garner, Jr.
CCBL Director of Public Relations & Broadcasting
(508) 790-0394 email@example.com