Two home runs, clutch hits, solid pitching, and a never-give-up attitude led the Harwich Mariners to a 5-1 victory against the Y-D Red Sox tonight (Aug. 7) earning them the East Division Championship and a spot in the Cape Cod Baseball League finals.
The Red Sox made their way onto the scoreboard first with a run in the third inning, but a fourth-inning homer from Cory Acton over the left field fence gave the home team Mariners all the motivation they needed to take control of the game and not look back, but it was a big seventh that lifted Harwich into the winner’s circle.
A timely sac fly from Harwich catcher Patrick Winkel brought in Acton, who had reached on a walk, with Joey Wiemer, Jr., coming home next on a single to third from Michael Ludowig, making it a 3-1 ballgame. But the Mariners still had more in store. Next up was Hal Hughes who swung into a two-run homer that brought in Ludowig, setting the score at 5-1, Mariners.
That’s when closing pitcher Nick Stewart went to work, forcing Y-D’s Noah Campbell to strike out swinging and Wyatt Young to bat into an easy putout before ending the game with a quick out against Noah Cardenas.
“It’s great,” said Harwich head coach Steve Englert. “We just couldn’t string wins together early on [in the season], and we finally got hot at the right time.”
Englert complimented the talent of the entire Cape League, noting that the season and the playoffs could have gone in many directions, though he’s pleased that his Mariners earned the East Division crown and a trip to the finals.
“We just had to find a way to get it done and get hot at the right time,” Englert said.
The Mariners will host the West Division champions, the Cotuit Kettleers, tomorrow night (Aug. 8) at Whitehouse Field in Game 1 of the finals, with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m.
Read more about the East Division championship game and how the Mariners fared in the finals in this week’s Chronicle.