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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Cape Cod Has Baseball Fever

It is only August, but baseball play-off fever is gripping Cape Cod. How can that be? It will take until the end of September before we even know who will be contending for the Major League Baseballs (MLB) championship. Boston Red Sox fans of old never gave up hope for their team, but even the stoutest old timers are not counting on seeing this years woeful team in the October finals. What gives on Cape Cod now?

All summer long, baseball-loving guest at our  Cape Cod bed and breakfast have enjoyed Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) games. This premier college, student-manned summer league wrapped up its forty-four game regular season and are into the first round of the playoffs leading to the August 17, 2012 CCBL Championship. The compressed elimination series allows the student athletes to spend a little time at home before resuming classes at schools all around the country in September.

Sandwich does not have a team in the ten-team league, so I follow the Bourne Braves who play a few miles up scenic Route 6A at Doran Park as my ‘home’ team. I don’t get to enough games, but daily I track the standings. My Braves finished the regular season in fourth place in the Western Division with a 17-win, 27-loss record. In this regard, they remind of the MLB Boston Red Sox, who also seem to have a hard time getting over 500 and are also near the bottom of their division. Since the CCBL only has five teams in each division, the top four make it to the best-of-three first round playoffs. Bourne in fourth place had to play the Division leading Cotuit Ketteleers, with a 30 win, 14 lost, regular season record. In a shocker, the Braves won the first game, lost the second and hung on in a 6 to 4 victory to advance to the Eastern Division Finals.

In this next best-of-three series, Bourne faces the Wareham Gatemen. Wareham, the second best in the Western Division, advanced by beating the third best Falmouth Commodores in two straight games, the last in a lopsided 20 to 7 slug-fest. In the Western Division, the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox beat the Chatham Anglers in two straight and will face the Orleans Firebirds, who beat the Harwich Mariners in two straight, in the Western Division Finals.

My Bourne Braves have their work cut out for them, but they have already beat the best of the regular season, so let’s hope the magic holds. If only the Boston Red Sox can do as well. If not, as the saying goes, there is always next year. And next year, guests at our Inn will again be able to enjoy the unique experience of a summer night baseball game on beautiful Cape Cod.

 Charlie Preus, Innkeepers Assistant and Wine Steward at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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