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Cape League Spotlight – 1995-99

Josh Gandy (Cotuit '96)
11/01/2020 6:46 PM

Article By: Mike Richard

Cape League Highlights (1995-99)

June 15 – The Cape League records five shutouts in one night: Cotuit 1 – Wareham 0; Falmouth 3 – Bourne 0; Brewster 7 – Harwich 0; Hyannis 1 – Y-D 0; Chatham 6 – Orleans 0.
June 18 – Chatham hits a Cape League record nine doubles in a 14-7 win over Hyannis
June 20 – Wareham steals six bases in a 3-2 win over Chatham
June 27 – Keith Evans (Chatham) sets CCBL record with 31 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings before allowing unearned run in a 12-1 win over Y-D. The old record is 26 innings by Winston Wheeler of Bourne in 1989.
June 28 – Orleans commits six errors in a 6-5 win over Y-D
July 3 – Tim Giles of Orleans scores a Cape League record six runs in a 15-3 win over Hyannis. Past five-run scorers are Steve Lombardozzi and Dave Thompson, both of Falmouth, in a 25–6 win over Orleans on July 16, 1980.
July 7 – Five runners are picked off first base combined in a Hyannis 8-6 win over Brewster
July 7 – Chatham pitcher Keith Evans has his 33-inning earned run streak end as the Commodore beat Chatham, 11-7
July 19 – Eddie Yarnall of Harwich pitches no-hitter in a scoreless game after nine innings. Chatham scores a run off reliever Josh Potter in tenth for 1-0 win.
July 20 – Hyannis has seven errors in a 10-9 loss to Falmouth
July 21 – Cotuit’s 11-game winning streak ended at the hands of Falmouth 6–5
July 22 – The West blanks the East 4-0 in the CCBL All Star Game
July 26 – Hyannis hits 5 home runs in an 11–2 win over Harwich
July 30 – Falmouth turns triple play in the sixth inning but loses to Hyannis 5–3
Aug. 2 – Cotuit wins doubleheader by shutout over Orleans, 2-0 in ten innings and 1-0.

June 20 – Cotuit and Y-D play 13 innings before the game is called a 2-2 tie
June 23 – Hyannis pitcher Randy Choate strikes out 15 batters in an 11 inning 1-0 win over Y-D
June 28 – Glenn Davis of Cotuit hits for the cycle in a 6–5 win over Chatham
July 3 – Chatham’s Jason Fitzgerald goes 5-for-5 but his team loses to Cotuit 6-5
July 5 – Falmouth’s Eric Milton pitches a no hitter blanking Orleans, 2-0
July 11 – Four pitchers strike out a combined 27 batters in Falmouth’s 3–2 win over Hyannis
July 13 – In a game that goes 15 innings, Wareham edges Hyannis 6-5. Wareham commits eight errors and four passed balls, while Hyannis leaves a record 17 runners on base (They will later tie the mark in 2001).
July 14 – Jody Gerut of Harwich has four doubles in a 13–1 win over Y-D
July 16 – Bourne’s Brett Bredensteiner hits the first home run of season for Bourne, which hadn’t hit one in its first 27 games
July 20 – The annual Cape League All Star Game ends in a 6-6 tie
July 24 – In 12 innings, Orleans plays Y-D to a 4-4 tie
July 25 – Seth Etherton of Chatham strikes out 15 in a 5-3 win over Y-D
July 27 – Umpires call a 33-minute sun delay at Coady Field in Bourne with sun setting low behind pitcher’s mound in the top of eighth with Bourne leading Hyannis 5-4
Aug. 1 – Chatham’s Seth Etherton has 14 strikeouts making it 29 K’s in two straight games as the A’s blank Orleans, 1–0
Aug. 2 – Cotuit’s Josh Gandy pitches a 1-0 no-hitter over Wareham
Aug. 3 – Drew Fisher of Brewster earns a record-tying 13th save as the Whitecaps blank Harwich, 1-0
Aug. 4 – Brewster’s C. J. Ankrum goes 5-for-5 in a 9–3 win over Y-D
Aug. 7 – Billy Coleman of Harwich throws 12 shutout innings as the Mariners beat Orleans, 1-0 Aug. 11 – Drew Fisher of Brewster and Clint Chrysler of Wareham tie league record with 13 saves

June 13 – Y-D pitcher J. J. Putz strikes out 17 but loses to Hyannis, 2-1
June 15 – Cotuit commits six errors and Kettleer hurlers throw six wild pitches in 14-3 loss to Chatham
July 8 – Hyannis and Bourne play to a 13-inning 1–1 tie, called due to darkness
July 15 – Donald Rushing of Y-D throws one-hitter to defeat Bourne, 11-0; the night before his Y-D teammate Chance Capel one-hit Chatham, 1-0
July 26 – The West wins the Cape Cod League All Star Game, 5–4 over the East
July 31 – Jody Gerut of Harwich goes 5-for-5 in 5-4 win over Chatham

June 16 – Y-D beats Brewster 4–2 in a 14-inning game
June 17 – Pat Collins of Orleans strikes out 15 in a 2-0 win over Y-D
June 27 – Wareham is issued 14 walks in 10-4 win over Orleans
July 3 – Hank Thoms of Y-D no-hits Orleans, 6-0
July 3 – Harwich’s Rodney Nye hits for the cycle and goes 4-for-5 in an 8-6 win over Brewster
July 6 – Kevin Brown of Hyannis hits for cycle as the Mets beat Brewster, 13–6
July 13 – Pitchers combine for total of 43 strikeouts in Wareham’s 2-1 win over Falmouth in 13 innings. Ben Sheets of Wareham had 16 of those strikeouts.
July 28 – Bobby Kielty of Brewster has seven RBI in 11-8 win over Y-D, which is one shy of CCBL record of eight (which is tied by four players)
July 30 – Wareham opens the game with a Cape League record with six straight hits in an 8-5 win over Bourne
Aug 1 – The East beats the West 3-2 in the CCBL All-Star game
Aug 3 – All three Cape League games this evening end with the same 4-3 score: Brewster 4 – Harwich 3; Y-D 4 – Orleans 3; Chatham 4 – Hyannis 3
Aug 3 – Orleans has five errors in a 4-3 loss to Y-D
Aug 7 – Bobby Kielty finishes short of Triple Crown as he leads league in batting (.384) and RBI (45), but is tied for third in home runs (6), behind Dayton Holt and Edmund Muth (both of Y-D with 7)

June 12 – Brewster has 16 runners left on base in a 4-3 loss to Falmouth
June 17 – Jamie Bubela of Wareham goes 5-for-6 in a 10-7 win over Chatham
June 20 – In the longest game in Cape League history, Wareham edges Orleans 6–5 in 18 innings. That mark would be topped in 2003 when Harwich beats Orleans, 3-2 in 20 innings.
June 23 – Chris Rosado of Y-D steals home in a 6-2 win over Chatham
June 25 – Y-D turns a triple play in a 2-0 loss to Cotuit
June 25 – Harwich makes five errors, but still hangs on to beat Hyannis, 8-7
June 27 – Curtis Sapp of Hyannis goes is 5-for-5 in a 3-1 loss to Chatham
July 3 – Logan Dale of Wareham sets a record with 30 straight shutout innings before allowing an unearned run in a 1-0 loss to Hyannis
July 8 – Logan Dale’s consecutive-inning streak without allowing an earned run ends at record 37 as his Wareham team loses to Harwich 7-5
July 9 – Bourne hits six doubles in an 8-1 win over Hyannis
July 14 – Chatham scoreless string ends after 29 innings, but Brewster scores two in the fourth in a 5-1 win
July 19 – Hyannis hits three consecutive home runs in fourth inning as Kevin Brown hits a two-run homer before Chris Flanagan and Mike Scott go back to back.
July 24 – In the Cape League All Star Game, the West beats the East, 6–4
July 29 – Wareham manager Don Reed wins his record 332nd game, passing Chatham’s Eddie Lyons’ total of 331 in a 9-5 victory over Cotuit
July 29 – Falmouth snaps its 13-game losing streak by beating Harwich, 5–4; it is two shy of the Cape League record of 15 straight losses by Orleans in 1973
Aug. 4 – Derrick DePriest (Chatham) sets Cape League record with 15th save in a 6-3 win over Harwich. The 18 saves by Chatham pitchers is one short of the record of 19 set by Orleans in 1994.
Aug. 5 – Orleans’ Lance Niekro misses triple crown after finishing first in home runs (13) and RBI (44), and is second in batting average (.360) to Wareham’s Jaime Bubela who finishes at.369.
Aug. 5 – Chatham edges Orleans 7–6 in 14 innings
Aug. 13 – Cotuit beats Chatham two games to one in the finals and the Kettleers are awarded the newly-named Arnold Mycock Championship Trophy presented in honor of longtime Cotuit general manager and patriarch.

Cape League Records set (1995-99)
1995: Most doubles in one game – 9, Chatham in 14-7 win over Hyannis, June 18
1996: Earned run average – 0.21, Eric Milton, Falmouth; Doubles one game, player – 4, Jody Gerut, Harwich vs. Y-D, July 14
1997: Total shutouts in league, all teams – 48
1999: Innings pitcher, team – 406.2 – Orleans

Cape League Playoff Champions (1995-99)
1995    Cotuit beats Chatham, 2-1
1996    Chatham sweeps Falmouth, 2-0
1997    Wareham sweeps Chatham, 2-0
1998    Chatham beats Wareham, 3-2
1999    Cotuit beats Chatham, 2-1

No-Hitters (1995-99)
Date                  Pitcher                     Team        Opponent        Score
July 5, 1996    Eric Milton             Falmouth    Orleans            2-0
Aug. 2, 1996   Josh Gandy            Cotuit        Wareham         1-0
July 3, 1998    Hank Thoms            Y-D           Orleans            6-0

Cape Leaguers to Major League Baseball (1995-99)
1995 – Bourne: Mark DeRosa, John McDonald, Dan Reichert; Brewster: Todd Belitz, Seth Gresinger; Chatham: Eric Byrnes, Seth Etherton, Randy Flores, Jason Grabowski, Jeff Liefer, Ken Vining; Cotuit: Brandon Berger, Jack Cressend, Jason Grilli, Josh Paul, Kyle Peterson; Falmouth: Kelly Dransfeldt, Cory Lee, Eric Milton, Kris Wilson; Harwich: Ed Yarnall; Hyannis: Sean DePaula, Ross Gload; Orleans: Jonathon Johnson, Chad Moeller, Gabe Molina; Wareham: Pat Daneker, Mike Frank, Matt Miller, Scott Mullen, Denny Stark; Y-D: Matt Wise

1996 – Bourne: Jerry Hairston, Jr., Dan Reichert; Brewster: Jason Grilli, Corey Hart, David Ross, Aaron Rowand; Chatham: Matt Anderson, Shawn Camp, Jermaine Clark, Tony Cogan, Mike Colangelo, Seth Etherton, Jason Grabowski, Steve Stemie, Ken Vining, Scott Williamson; Cotuit: Jeff Austin, Nate Bump, Jack Cressend, Tom Jacquez, Kyle Peterson, Eric Valent;  Falmouth: Kelly Dransfeldt, Adam Kennedy, Cory Lee, Eric Milton, Todd Sears, Scott Strickland, Kris Wilson; Harwich: Jody Gerut, Sam McConnell, Carlos Pena; Hyannis: Pat Burrell, Eric Byrnes, Randy Choate, Dave Elder, Josh Fogg, Ross Gload, Brett Laxton, Matt Miller; Orleans: Jon Adkins, Jason Dellaero, Jason Michaels, Matt Morris, Scott Proctor; Wareham: Scott Atchison, Lance Berkman, Matt Blank, Pat Daneker, Matt Erickson, Dustin Mohr, Kevin Nicholson, Earl Snyder: Y-D: Scott Downs, Luke Hudson

1997 – Bourne: Brandon Inge, Mark Mulder; Brewster: Brandon Duckworth, Aaron Rowand, Termel Sledge, Kip Wells; Chatham: Jason Hart, Joe Inglett, Matt Kata, Mike Koplove, Matt White; Cotuit: Eric Brunlett, Chris Capuano, Mike MacDougal, Bart Miadich, Robb Quinlan; Falmouth: Javier Lopez, Scott Sobkowiak, Jeff Weaver; Harwich: Jody Gerut; Hyannis: Mike Bynum, Eric Byrnes, Eric Hinske, Scott Proctor; Orleans: John Gall; Wareham: Jerry Hairston, Jr., Carlos Pena, Brian Tallet, Barry Zito; Y-D: Morgan Ensberg, Matt Guerrier, Justin Lehr, J. J. Putz

1998 – Bourne: David DeJesus, Tim Hummel; Brewster: Reed Johnson, Bobby Kielty, Mike Neu, Mike Tonis, Chase Utley; Chatham: Matt Cepicki, Ron Flores, Matt Kata, Mike MacDougal, Kevin Mench, Brian Roberts, Chad Snyder; Cotuit: Garrett Atkins, Dusty Bergman, Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang, Bo Hart, Jim Journell; Falmouth: John Nelson, Cory Vance; Hyannis: Mike Bynum, Jason Lane, Scott Proctor, J. J. Putz; Orleans: Travis Chapman, David Pember; Wareham: Larry Bigbie, Jeremy Griffiths, Craig House, Ben Sheets, Brian Tallet, Matt Watson, Barry Zito; Y-D: Steve Smyth, Justin Wayne, Danny Wright, Jason Young

1999 – Bourne: Chris Capuano, Joe Inglett; Falmouth: Kevin Cash, Khali Greene, Lee Gronkiewicz, Cory Vance; Brewster: Mike Neu; Chatham: Jason Bay, David DeJesus, Kevin Reese; Cotuit: Garrett Atkins, Andy Canizarro, Justin Huisman, Kirk Saarloos, Dane Sardinha, Mike Schultz, Rich Thompson, Clay Timper, Chase Utley; Harwich: Dewon Brazelton, Jason Dubois, Marshall McDougall, John Nelson; Hyannis: Mike Smith; Orleans: Ryan Budde, Brian Esposito, Mike Gosling, Steve Holm, Tim Hummel, Lance Niekro, Ben Sheets, Mark Teixiera, Charles Thomas; Wareham: Jaime Bubela, Tommy Murphy; Y-D: Jeff Duncan, Brad Hawpe, Mitch Jones

Mike Richard is the official historian of the Cape Cod Baseball League and can be contacted by email at [email protected].