THE CAPE LEAGUE: Harwich, Falmouth Eliminated, Playoffs Start Today

BREWSTER — Both the Harwich Mariners (20-22-2) and the Falmouth Commodores (16-27-1) had one last shot to make some postseason noise Sunday, but both teams watched their seasons come to an end as Harwich fell to Brewster, 8-7, and Falmouth fell to Bourne, 6-5.

Orleans' slugger Willie Abreu (Miami) continued his torrid hitting streak Sunday night in the 'Birds 8-4 win over Chatham. Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports

Orleans’ slugger Willie Abreu (Miami) continued his torrid hitting streak Sunday night in the ‘Birds’ 8-4 win over Chatham.
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Even though Harwich battled with intensity to the very end – scoring three runs in the 6th, two in the 7th and one in the 8th innings – St. John’s righty Tommy Hackimer came in in the 9th inning and struck out the side in succession to successfully eliminate Harwich from postseason contention. Hackimer’s 10th save of the season lowered his earned run average to 0.47 on the season and gave him 28 strikeouts in 19.1 innings pitched versus just six walks.

Hackimer’s save gave North Carolina’s Hansen Butler his second win of the season as Brewster now sets its sights on the Y-D Red Sox in round one of the Cape League playoffs today at 4:00 pm at Stony Brook field.

JC Escarra (Florida International) and Ryan Peurifoy (Georgia Tech) both had two hits for the Whitecaps while Tennessee’s Nick Senzel belted is 4th home run of the season and went 1-3 with three RBI.

Harwich needed a win but it also needed both Chatham and Y-D to lose on the season’s final day and both the Anglers and Red Sox accomodated that need but Harwich could not pull it out in the end.

Quinn Belts Two HRs, but Bourne Braves Send Falmouth Home for Summer’s Remainder

While the Falmouth Commodores (16-27-1) hammered out 13 hits last night at Elmer “Guv” Field, the Bourne Braves nevertheless prevailed, 6-5, and, thus, ended the Commodores’ season on its final day of the regular season.

Falmouth's Heath Quinn (Samford) belted two homers last night but it was not enough to salvage a playoff bid for the Commodores. Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports

Falmouth’s Heath Quinn (Samford) belted two homers last night but it was not enough to salvage a playoff bid for the Commodores.
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Falmouth needed a win and needed Cotuit to lose – which the Kettleers did – but also needed a win to advance and remain alive.

The Braves plated four runs in the first inning and added lone runs in the fifth and 10th innings to take home the win. Falmouth needed the win and needed Cotuit to lose in order to move on in today’s first playoffs round. Cotuit lost, but so, too, did the Commodores.

Falmouth was down, 5-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning but Heath Quinn (Samford) walked and Tristan Gray (Rice) drove him in to tie it at 5-5 with a sacrifice fly to centerfield to force the game into extra innings.

Reid Humphreys (Mississippi State) singled to lead off the 10th for the Braves, and then he advanced to second base on a wild pitch and then to third base on a Nick Solak (Louisville) sacrifice fly. Humphreys then scored to make it 6-5 on another wild pitch as Falmouth saw its postseason bid fade. Falmouth’s JB Woodman (Mississippi State) doubled with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning but Bourne’s Nick Jensen-Clagg retired the final two batters for the save.

Long Island’s Daniel Jagiello got the win for the Braves in relief, his first of the season. Falmouth’s Quinn went 2-4 with two RBI – both solo home runs. Oregon State’s Caleb Hamilton also homered for the Commodores, while Bourne’s Corey Julks (Houston), CJ Chatham (Florida Atlantic) and Humphreys each homered for the Braves. Humphreys went 3-4 with two RBI on the night.

Bourne (22-20-2) welcomes the Wareham Gatemen (17-25-2) tonight at 6:00 pm for the first round of the playoffs.

Centerville’s Melley Returns to Hyannis Lineup, Has Banner Day at Plate

The former bat boy for the Hyannis Mets, UConn’s Bobby Melley returned to the Harbor Hawks’ lineup Sunday and put on a hitting clinic as he went 4-5 with two RBI to lead the ‘Hawks to a 5-4 win over the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox at Merrill “Red” Wilson Field.

Melley – who played for the Harbor Hawks last season and was added as a temporary player to start this season – played in just four games in early June before

Corey Bird (Marshall) and the Hyannis Harbor Hawks will take on Cotuit in the playoffs tonight at McKeon Park. Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports

Corey Bird (Marshall) and the Hyannis Harbor Hawks will take on Cotuit in the playoffs tonight at McKeon Park.
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returning to the Harbor Hawks yesterday and leading his hometown team to victory. Melley is a Barnstable native and lifelong resident of Centerville and will be heading into his senior year at the University of Connecticut this fall. For many years as a boy, Melley was one of the Hyannis Mets’ bat boys (now called the Harbor Hawks).

Tied 3-3 heading into the 7th inning, Hyannis plated a pair of key runs in the top of the frame with Corey Bird (Marshall) leading off with a single, followed by Melley’s fourth hit of the game, also a single. Bird came home on a Jake Noll (Florida Gulf Coast) basehit to make it 4-3, Hyannis.  Melley scored to make it 5-3 on an Austin Hays’ sacrifice fly.

Cal-State Fullerton’s Blake Quinn got the win for Hyannis and finished the regular season with a 3-1 record.

Noll went 3-5 on the night with two RBI and his second home run of the season.

Michael Donadio (St. John’s) went 4-4 for the host Y-D Red Sox.

Y-D (22-22) will face the Brewster Whitecaps (24-19-1) in the first round of the playoffs today at 4:00 pm at Stony Brook Field. Hyannis (24-19-1) will face the Cotuit Kettleers (17-27) today in the playoffs at McKeon Park at 6:00 pm.

Gatemen Handle Kettleers in Regular Season Finale at Spillane Field

Cotuit (17-27) bounced back from a 7-1 deficit in the top of the 7th inning last night at Clement S. Spillane Field, but the host Wareham Gatemen held fast for a 7-4 victory on the season’s final day.

Cotuit's Branden Berry hit his 5th homer of the season last night but it was not enough to beat the host Wareham Gatemen. Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports

Cotuit’s Branden Berry hit his 5th homer of the season last night but it was not enough to beat the host Wareham Gatemen.
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Both teams advance to the playoffs today with Wareham heading to Bourne and Cotuit going to Hyannis.

Tim Susnara (Oregon)hammered his first home run of the season – a solo shot – and went 2-4 with one RBI for Cotuit, while Alabama’s Will Haynie went 3-5 and Branden Berry (Cal-State Northridge) hit his fifth homer of the season and went 1-4 with three RBI.

Wareham’s Kramer Robertson, Nick Cieri and Dave MacKinnon (Hartford) each had two hits for the Gatemen.

Ian Hamilton got the win on the mound and was superlative with nine strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work. He walked none and allowed one run on five hits. Evan Hill got the save in spite of allowing three runs.

Orleans Wraps up Two-Game Sweep of Chatham and will Face Anglers Again in Playoffs

The dominant Orleans Firebirds (31-12-1) wrapped up their regular season Sunday with a decisive, 8-4 win over the Chatham Anglers at Veterans Field as Arizona’s Bobby Dalbec crushed his league-leading 12th home run of the season.

Dalbec went 2-5 with three RBI while teammates Bryan Reynolds (Vanderbilt), Kyle Lewis (Mercer) and Alex Call (Ball State) each had two hits on the night. Hot-hitting Firebirds’ slugger Willie Abreu (Miami) led all teammates with a 3-5 night at the plate and one RBI.

Liberty’s Parker Bean notched his second win of the season for the ‘Birds.

Orleans will face Chatham (22-22) tonight in the opening round of the playoffs at Eldredge Park at 7:00 pm.

2015 Cape League Playoffs Schedule:
Monday, August 3, 2015 (Playoffs)
Y-D at Brewster, 4:00 pm
Wareham at Bourne, 6:00 pm
Cotuit at Hyannis, 6:00 pm
Chatham at Orleans, 7:00 pm
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 (Playoffs)
Brewster at Y-D, 4:00 pm
Hyannis at Cotuit, 4:00 pm
Orleans at Chatham, 7:00 pm
Bourne at Wareham, 7:00 pm

— 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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