Patrick Winkel swings into the first of two home runs he had, the balls flying well over the sign on the Whitehouse Field fence reading "400" marking the distance of center field. KAT SZMIT PHOTO
The Harwich Mariners fell to the Cotuit Kettleers in two straight games in the Cape League Championships.
After Cotuit won a 15-inning squeaker on Thursday, they beat Harwich 10-3 Friday afternoon to end the series and the season.
The majority of Cotuit's hits were homers, which didn't set things up well for the visiting Mariners, who were only able to push two runs across in the fifth, the first when Riley Tirotta hit a home run of his own after a ball, a foul, a called strike, and another ball. Two batters later, Niko Kavadas came up big with another home run, bringing the score at that point in the game to 4-2, Cotuit.
Unfortunately for the Mariners the Kettleers plated six runs in the bottom of the fifth, taking a seven-run lead they'd cling to for the game's remainder.
The Harwich Mariners battled back from an early deficit to tie their rivals in the Cape League Championship series, but after 15 determined innings, the Cotuit Kettleers eked out a run in the top of the 15th to take Game 1 with a final score of 7-6.
The Kettleers homered in the opening inning to take an early 3-0 edge, but the Mariners battled back, ultimately tying the game in the seventh, with catcher Patrick Winkel hitting not one but two impressive home runs over the center field fence. After Harwich took a two-run lead in the bottom of the eighth, the visiting Kettleers rallied back in the ninth to tie the game again, sending the game into many extra innings before a lone run in the 15th, followed by a 1-2-3 bottom of the 15th ended the game.
Get all the details and hear final thoughts from Coach Englert and several key players from the 2019 season in this week's Chronicle.