Hyannis Defeats Cotuit, Clinches West Division Title (SLIDESHOW)

HYANNIS — the Hyannis Harbor Hawks (23-18-1) clinched the West Division title last night with a solid, 6-2 win over the host Cotuit Kettleers (16-26) at Lowell Park.

Home plate umpire John Leeds calls Hyannis' Jake Rogers safe as he slides past Cotuit catcher Will Haynie in the second innng of last night's 6-2 Harbor Hawks' win. Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports

Home plate umpire John Leeds calls Hyannis’ Jake Rogers safe as he slides past Cotuit catcher Will Haynie in the second innng of last night’s 6-2 Harbor Hawks’ win.
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And from a run-scoring standpoint, all it took was the second inning.

Jacksonville’s Austin Hays led off the second frame with a double to left, followed by a single from Mississippi’s Colby Bortles. Hays came home on a Jake Rogers single and the visitors had a 1-0 lead. With two outs and the bases loaded, however, Marshall’s Corey Bird ripped a high-bouncing hot shot toward first that skipped up and over the outstretched glove of Kettleer first baseman Branden Berry and two runs came home for a 3-0 lead.

The host Kettleers bounced back with one run in the fifth inning on a Saige Jenco (Virginia Tech) basehit that plated Bryant’s Cole Fabio, but Hyannis erased that flicker of hope with three more runs in the seventh inning.

The loss for Cotuit – combined with a huge Falmouth win over Wareham last night – kept the last place Commodores still in contention for the final playoff spot in the West. With two regular season games remaining before the playoffs begin Monday, Falmouth is just one point behind the Kettleers in the West Division standings.

Hyanis catcher Jake Rogers (Tulane) came through twice for the Harbor Hawks last night and finished the night 3-4 at the plate with two RBI. Hays and Bird both added two hits to the cause but half of the Harbor Hawks’ runs came unearned and of the four runs allowed by Cotuit righty Austin Sexton (Mississippi State), only one was earned.

Hyannis righty Marc Skinner (Troy U.) turned in three solid innings of middle relief last night against the Cotuit Kettleers at Lowell Park. Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports

Hyannis righty Marc Skinner (Troy U.) turned in three solid innings of middle relief last night against the Cotuit Kettleers at Lowell Park.
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Cotuit’s Will Haynie (Alabama) went 2-4 with one RBI.

Hyannis southpaw Thomas Burrows (Alabama-Tuscalossa) notched the victory on the mound with five innings of work and six strikeouts. He struck out the side in succession in the bottom of the third inning and is 3-0 on the season with a 2.04 earned run average. Sexton took the loss.

Falmouth will have its hands full tonight when it heads to McKeon Park to face the host Harbor Hawks. Cotuit is at home at Lowell Park against the tough-to-beat Y-D Red Sox.

— Written by Sean Walsh, sports editor for www.capecod.com. His email is seanwalsh@ccb-media.com. Follow him on Twitter @coachwalshccbm

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