The rivalry that is Falmouth-Cotuit

by Greg in ,

What is the best rivalry in the Cape League? Is it Chatham v. Y-D?  Wareham v. Bourne?  Brewster v. Harwich?  Orleans v. Y-D?

These are all good, and you will add obvious match-ups that I've missed. But for me Cotuit v. Falmouth is the one I enjoy the most. It's close to home. The Cotuit fans show up for road games and it seems their games always matter.

Like tonight. After a 4-3 win this evening, Falmouth stays alive in the West with a 14-19 record. Cotuit falls behind .500 with a 15-16 record. 

TepeschThe 5:30 game was surprisingly a pitcher's duel with Falmouth's Nick Tepesch (Missouri) squaring off against Cotuit's ace Chad Bell (Walters State). The score remained a 2-2 tie into the 7th.

Talking with Falmouth GM Dan Dunn before the game, I expected Bell to dominate. But instead Tepesch surprised. I watched him strike out 8 in six innings. He gave up two in the second on doubles by Cody Stanley and Tony Plagman but then really found himself -- striking out the top of the order in the 3rd.

Falmouth's Todd Cunningham was player of the game with an RBI double in the 3rd and then a walk-off single in the 9th.

The defensive play of the game was Falmouth's 9-4-5 put out in the 5th. Cotuit's Jeff Rowland drove one to right field. The ball was juggled out in right but then Rowland was thrown out stretching his double into a triple.

The highlight for me tonight was joining the  Falmouth Commodores broadcast. I don't have his full name but the play-by-play announcer, Mike, is a class act. He knows the team, he knows the league and he knows baseball. I believe the full broadcast team is from Syracuse. They do a very good job.

A persistent question I get about why we do CodBall 12 months a year is, why? I said on the broadcast tonight, why do we breath? We have to do it. I am sitting here tonight watching the White Sox - Tigers game. Gordon Beckham is playing in this game. I can remember like it was yesterday watching him play for Y-D, sign autographs and play in the all-star game in Wareham. We do it because the moment they play in the Cape League is the moment just before they become Big Leaguers. It's important and it's rewarding to look back on those posts.