The Kettleers finished the regular season last night at home against Falmouth, coming from behind to win 8-7. This has been a remarkable team this summer — they have the best record in the league, clinched first place in the West — and look very strong going into the playoffs which start
tomorrow Thursday (I am looking high and low for a schedule).
After the usual shaky start in June, the team won something like 20 out of its last 24 games, clicking together in an amazing way with five players hitting over .300 and one, Patrick Biondi the center fielder maintaining a .400+ batting average going into this week.
The Perfect Game has named the Kettleers the best college league team in the country:
“As teams from some 30-plus summer college leagues around the country continue to navigate through the most critical stages of the 2012 schedule, the Cape Cod League’s Cotuit Kettleers remain the No. 1 team in Perfect Game’s weekly ranking of the nation’s Top 30 summer clubs.
“Cotuit continues to play at a fast pace with 20 wins in its last 24 games, and has both clinched the Western Division regular-season title in the Cape, along with the league’s best record overall. The Kettleers have just two regular-season games remaining before the first round of the Cape’s eight-team playoff kicks off Thursday.
“If the Kettleers continue their hot pace in post-season play and win their second Cape League title in three years, it may be difficult for any other summer club to overtake them in the chase for No. 1. But it has been four years since the last Cape team with the best regular-season record went on and won the league playoffs.”
I’ll predict Cotuit vs. Harwich in the finals. Harwich, the winner of the Eastern division will be tough, very tough they looked very strong last Thursday when they beat Cotuit 11 to 5 at home.
PS: lest I forget, Lowell Park has some seriously good mojo working this summer, as the local Barnstable American Legion Team, Post 206, won the state championship this summer and is going to fight for a place in the American Legion World Series against Old Orchard Beach in Maine. I caught one of their games at Lowell Park when the Kettleers were on the road and I needed a baseball fix. Says the Boston Herald: “They seek become the 20th team from the Bay State to reach the American League World Series since the inception in 1925.”