Day 1: A Summary of Opening Night for Cape Baseball

by Greg in

codball-t-shirt.jpgOpening Day for the Cape Cod Baseball League sounded very much like its final moment last season. RED SOX WIN! RED SOX WIN!

The Y-D Red Sox won the Cape championship last season, and opened 2007 with a win. Ok, there wasn't quite as much enthusiasm tonight in the voice of announcers after the Red Sox beat the Hyannis Mets 6-3 on opening night. The game did end with a diving catch in right field. And Y-D pitcher Bobby Gagg of Coastal Carolina pitched 4 innings with 4 strike-outs (that I counted)

I tuned in over, but Andrew is attending games this weekend and we look forward to his posts.

Bourne beat Cotuit 7-6 earlier in the evening. I did not catch that game. See Eric's post.

The Brewster-Orleans game was a nail-biter. The Cardinals won 1-0 before 1,231 fans at Eldredge Park. The online broadcast was excellent -- the commentary and the video were high quality.

Kyle Kamppi of Georgia Southern got the win. He had bases loaded in the top of the 6th and got himself out of a jam. In the top of the 9th reliever Matt Karl closed things out with two. He struck out Brewster's Tekotte and then got Lima to fly-out.

The highlight, though, may have been Orleans outfielder Jon Gaston's (Arizona) catch to rob Yonder Alonso (Miami) of a homer. His catch kept the game scoreless in the top of the 6th.

Wareham beat Falmouth 5-2. But Falmouth led for much of the game 2-0. Falmouth's David Adams of Virginia made some noise with a triple. See Andrew's post.

The story of the night might be the pitching of Harwich's Danny Farquhar (Louisiana-Lafayette). He had 11 strike-outs against Chatham through the 5th when I stopped listening. Announcers called his stuff "electric." Harwich had a 9-4 lead after 5 innings. Broadcasters described it as a cold night. The game was cut short by an accident. See Andrew's post.

Opening Night for Broadcasters: A note about the broadcasts tonight. I listened over the Internet. I could not make the cell phone connection work for some reason.

As I mentioned earlier, the Orleans-Brewster broadcast was excellent. I thought the Falmouth-Wareham broadcast was a little rocky. One of the announcers had lower volume than the other, which made it difficult. And he seemed a little nervous. The announcer for the Hyannis-Y-D game described the night as a "disaster" from a broadcast perspective. The video was not great, but I'm not sure what he was referring to. Overall, we are lucky to have the CCBL broadcasts.