Y-D Takes Title, Cape Baseball League Season Ends Later Than Usual

Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox pitcher Walker Buehler pitched shut out baseball Thursday night at Guv Fuller Field.

Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox pitcher Walker Buehler pitched shut out baseball Thursday night at Guv Fuller Field.

FALMOUTH – The Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox prevailed in the Cape Cod Baseball League finals Friday evening, beating the Falmouth Commodores in the second and last game in the series by a score of 10 to 4.

Cape Cod Baseball League President Judy Scarafile was among the packed crowd at Falmouth’s Guv Fuller Field Thursday  night for the first game in the season and what would turn out to be the second to last game of the season.

As a player hit a ball out to center field, Scarafile spoke of the excitement of the night.

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“It’s the culmination of all of the work all summer and this series is just so exciting. The games have been absolutely phenomenal. You see players that are professional baseball quality at this point in time. Actually just outstanding,” she said.

Safe at first during Thursday night's game at Guv Fuller Field.

Safe at first during Thursday night’s game at Guv Fuller Field.

The league’s season has gotten an audience of about 300,000 coming to its games annually and that number has held steady for the past several years, she said.

Scarafile said she thought the rain helped with attendance for the playoff games this week. “The further we get in August, the bigger the crowds,” she said.

This year, ending either on August 15 or 16 will be the latest the league has gone in the summer in decades, Scarafile said.

“But there’s no rule about that. Everybody thinks there’s a rule about ending August 15 and that rule ended about 20 years ago,” she said.

Out at second despite the slide, in Thursday night's playoff game.

Out at second despite the slide, in Thursday night’s playoff game.

The season was originally scheduled to end on August 13, but the rain pushed it back a couple of days.

“We lost a few players because of that. That certainly hurts and some of the teams have scrambled to find some replacements. But in the end it all works. With the teams that are in the playoffs have a full complement of players.