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Y-D Captures Second CCBL Title in Three Years !

13 August 2006

THIS WEEK IN THE CAPE LEAGUE
Championship Week

Y-D Red Sox Capture Second CCBL Title in Three Years !

 

SOUTH YARMOUTH, Mass. – Pitching and defense were the key ingredients for the Yarmouth - Dennis Red Sox on Sunday afternoon, as they won their second Cape Cod Baseball League Championship in three years by beating the Wareham Gatemen, 5-1. The Red Sox took the field in front of 8,272 fans and would not disappoint the massive home crowd at Red Wilson Field. 


2006 Y-D Red Sox with the Arnold Mycock CCBL Championship Trophy.
photo swilson / ccbl

     The Red Sox jumped out to a quick lead in the first, getting to Jeremy Bleich (Stanford) of Wareham for one run. Though he struck out two batters in the inning, Bleich loaded the bases on a single by Evan McArthur (Cal State Fullerton), who advanced to second on a fielder’s choice that also allowed Brad Emaus (Tulane) to reach first. With Steven Strausbaugh (Western Carolina) drawing a walk, the bases were loaded for the big DH Michael Taylor (Stanford). Taylor was patient at the plate against his college teammate and eventually drew the walk to drive in McArtrhur. 

     The game moved along quickly with neither team scoring again until the fourth inning, when Buster Posey (Florida State) reached on an error by the third baseman and moved up to third after a single by Taylor and a ground ball to the shortstop. Luke Sommer (San Francisco) popped up a squeeze bunt that ended up falling harmlessly behind the pitcher’s mound, allowing Posey to score on what went into the books as an RBI single. Jordan Pacheco (New Mexico) stepped up to bat and delivered a successful squeeze of his own to bring Taylor home for a 3-0 Sox lead.


Red Sox fans celebrate the moment. 
photo swilson / ccbl

     After going four perfect innings and striking out six of the first 12 batters he faced, Terry Doyle (Boston College) was finally touched by Wareham in the fifth inning. Bradley Suttle (Texas) was the first batter of the inning, putting Wareham on the board by blasting a solo home run over the right field fence. Two more men would reach in the inning, but Doyle would strike out Steffan Wilson (Harvard) and Beamer Weems (Baylor) consecutively to end the inning without any further damage.

     It looked like the home run and tough inning might have shaken up Doyle as he stepped back on the mound in the sixth inning, and Wareham might have had a chance to stage a comeback if it were not for excellent back-to-back defensive plays by Posey and Emaus. Posey robbed Ryan Gotcher (Arkansas-Little Rock) of a hit at shortstop by ranging to his left, snagging a ground ball behind second base, and then throwing out Gotcher at first. 

     Emaus followed up that play with a great diving stop at second base on a ball hit sharply on the ground to his right by Diallo Fon (Vanderbilt). Emaus gathered himself and threw to Pacheco at first to get the second out of the inning. Doyle finished the inning and then watched the rest of the game from the dugout after throwing 86 pitches in the game. He struck out nine Gatemen, walked only one batter, and gave up just one run. His coach, Scott Pickler, put it pretty much the only way it could be put.


"Terry Doyle was very, very good" 
photo swilson / ccbl

     “Terry was very, very good,” Pickler said of his ace after the game and celebrations were over.

     With a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh, the Red Sox continued to pile on the runs as Pacheco reached first on a walk by pitcher Martin Beno and took second on an error by Weems while trying to steal second base. Tyler Henley then singled to drive in Pacheco and moved to second on the throw to the plate. Henley stole third and came around to score when Emaus hit a ball to the second baseman that should have been the third out of the inning. An error on the throw, however, allowed Henley to score with the fourth unearned run of the game and the fifth overall for the Red Sox. Though the scoring was over for both sides, the excitement wasn’t. David Robertson (Alabama) came into the game in the seventh inning to replace Doyle for the Red Sox. He pitched three perfect innings to get the save and close out the championship series for the Red Sox. Robertson’s perfect innings included seven strikeouts, with six in a row to end the game. His stellar performance was a big reason he won the SportsTicker Boston Playoff MVP Award, which he was presented with by league commissioner Paul Galop at the end of the game. 


Paul Galop, David Robertson and Jim Higgins.
David Robertson earned the MVP Award for his "perfect" work in the playoffs.
photo swilson / ccbl

     Winning the championship was no fluke for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, as they had the best record in the league during the regular season at 28-16. After starting off the season right around .500, the Red Sox won nine straight and never looked back. Pickler pointed to that winning streak as a turning point in the season.

     “I had a great group of guys … We won nine and a row and they started believing in themselves,” said Pickler.

     And as the saying goes, if you believe in yourself, anything is possible. That includes winning a championship in one of the premier summer leagues in the entire nation, which, as Y-D general manager Jim Martin pointed out, isn’t easy.

     “The parity in the league is so close, it’s very difficult to win a Cape League championship. At one point the club went 29 years without a championship,” said Martin.

     Despite starting down one game in both series of the postseason, the Y-D Red Sox refused to give up and were richly rewarded for their determination.

By Kevin Wolfe, CCBL Intern wolfe@capecodbaseball.org
 

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Interns 2006 : Chad Burkart, Johnna DeChristoforo, Jonathan French, Michael Kydd, Lauren Malone
Adam McGillen, Nicholas Mucci, Courtney Reilly, Daniel Scalia, Shannon Taylor, Kevin Wolfe