For the second consecutive year, the Wareham Gatemen & Cotuit Kettleers will meet in the Cape Cod Baseball League Playoffs; this time to decide the Western Conference representative in the CCBL Championship Series. Game 1 is on Monday afternoon at Lowell Park in Cotuit.
The Gatemen and Kettleers met last year in a one game, first round matchup that was also at Lowell Park. Cotuit defeated Wareham 5-2 and eventually moved on to play in the CCBL finals for the 2nd consecutive year where they lost to the Bourne Braves. The last time Wareham and Cotuit met in the Western Division final was in 2006. In that series, 4 years ago to the day, the Gatemen swept the Kettleers behind Riley Boening’s (Texas) 14 strikeout, 4 hit shutout performance and moved onto the 2006 championship.
In 2006, the Kettleers and Gatemen finished 1 & 2 in the division respectively; immediately qualifying them for the Western Division Finals. Thanks to a new playoff format in 2010, both teams have arrived in the very same position but have taken a different route to there. The Western Division 3rd place team Cotuit swept 2nd place Falmouth 2-0 and the 4th place Wareham Gatemen defeated division champion Bourne 2-0 for the right to meet the Kettleers in the division final.
Cotuit arrives in this series swinging hot bats; hitting .290 as a team; led by the trio of Jordan Leyland (UC-Irvine), Chad Wright (Kentucky) and Deven Marrero (Arizona State) who combined to go 11 for 22, 3 doubles, 8 rbi and homerun in the first round. The Gatemen hit .311 in their first round series vs. Bourne and leading the way was a pair of UCONN Huskies – LJ Mazzilli & John Andreoli. They combined to go 9 for 18, scored 6 runs, 4 rbi and 3 stolen bases.
On the mound, the Gatemen will send Jack Armstrong to hill in game 1 against the Kettleers.