After I wrote this morning's Sunday playoff thread for CodBall, I headed down to the center of Woods Hole to run the Falmouth Road Race. I've run it for years and this race-day was like most -- beautiful, a little too warm for 7 miles of hard running, and then ultimately very satisfying. Like the Cape League, the Falmouth Road Race is something folks around here should treasure even if the traffic is a nightmare. I cleaned up after finishing, and sped East to Orleans to catch the first pitch of Game 2 between the Bourne Braves and Orleans Firebirds. It required some backroads ability but I made it just in time to find a place behind home plate where I stood through 7 innings.
All I can say is that Bourne was dominant. I'll look at the stats tomorrow morning, but I saw a team -- pitchers and hitters -- that wanted to win.
Seth Maness (East Carolina) entered the game 2-1 with a 3.44 ERA. He went 1-2-3 for the first three innings and finally gave up a hit in the fourth. He went 1-2-3 again in the fifth and gave up his second hit in the 6th. The game was a shut-out.
The Braves five-foot-eight second baseman Pierre LePage waits all summer to hit his first homerun, one of three runs I saw him score over seven innings.
League MVP Kyle Roller hit his 11th homer late in the game, but earlier played key roles -- knocking down a hard grounder at first (he later deflected one), hitting an RBI single, taking one for the team and then hitting a sac RBI.
The crowd was large in Orleans as we knew it would be (isn't it always according to league attendance figures?). There was almost a feel of October in the overcast, chilly Cape air.
Bourne moves onto the championship round after its 8-0 thumping of Orleans in the best of three series. Cotuit and Y-D will slug it out tomorrow in the deciding game after the Red Sox evened the series with a 10-5 win at Cotuit. I got to listen to some of that game on my drive to Orleans this afternoon.
One fun highlight for Orleans:
- In the 4th, pitcher Maness chased Orleans' Kevin Muno back to first 7 times plus a pitch-out. Muno appeared to be caught between first and second on a final pickoff move but slid safely into second for a stolen base.