This week I've been posting on our Twitter account in lieu of the blog, and I can't believe that the CCBL Championship could be decided this afternoon. Let's recap what happened yesterday:
- Matt Andriese (Cal Riverside) pitched exactly the game Cotuit needed. He threw a 120-pitch complete game in front of an estimated crowd of 2234. It was a perfect game through 3 & 2/3rds and a no hitter through 4 & 2/3rds. 85 of his pitches were strikes. If Andriese does not win MVP for the playoffs, something incredible will happen today or tomorrow. I absolutely love this picture from the CCBL press release of Andriese that shows the scoreboard behind him (photo credit: swilson).
- Sure, Andriese pitched great... but he also initiated a 1-6-3 double play in the 9th that was critical after Y-D's Joe Panik (St. John's) had a leadoff single.
- Y-D scored 49 runs and had 62 hits in their previous four playoff games. The wind was blowing in, but Andriese is the main reason Y-D only managed 3 hits.
- I stood behind the Cotuit dugout for much of the game. I love their "keep having fun" attitude. It's hard to catch Deven Marrero (Arizona State) without a smile. He is having a great postseason, batting .471 with 4 RBIs. Teammate Jordan Leyland (UC-Irvine) is also "having fun" and leads the Kettleers in postseason average (.500), hits (9) and RBIs (5).
- Y-D's Tyler Hanover (LSU) had a 10-pitch at bat vs. Andriese in the 1st inning. Kids were enjoying all of the foul balls on the 1st base side beyond the picnic area. It looked like the Red Sox knew if they could get through Andriese, they would probably win. The Kettleers bullpen is very, very thin, since a lot of players went home after they defeated the Gatemen.
- Speaking of, there has been a lot of chatter about players leaving early before or during the playoffs this year, but let's just focus on what matters right now: the Y-D Red Sox taking on the Cotuit Kettleers at beautiful Lowell Park this afternoon. After all, this could be the last game of the year. We have a whole off-season to discuss other things.
- See ya at Lowell Park.