THE CAPE LEAGUE: Playoff Spots Down to Today’s Final Games

HYANNIS — The outcome of today’s Cape League games — all five of them — could have an impact on virtually every team except the Orleans Firebirds and Hyannis Harbor Hawks who both clinched their respective regular season division championship titles earlier this week. Still, the outcome of those two Cape League teams’ games tonight could have considerable impact on which teams make it or get eliminated.

Monmouth's Anthony Ciavarella was solid in relief for the Harwich Mariners last night in a huge, 7-3 win over the Brewster Whitecaps. Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports

Monmouth’s Anthony Ciavarella was solid in relief for the Harwich Mariners last night in a huge, 7-3 win over the Brewster Whitecaps.
Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports

It is nailbiting time and none of the scenarios are quite that simple.

The resurgent and never-say-die Falmouth Commodores drove that statement home last night at McKeon Park as the visitors staged a six-run, 8th-inning rally to mark a considerable, 9-3 upset over the host Hyannis Harbor Hawks and should Cotuit lose today to the Wareham Gatemen and Falmouth beat Bourne, then Falmouth will eliminate Cotuit from the final playoff spot in the West.

If the Y-D Red Sox defeat Hyannis tonight, then Harwich will be eliminated no matter what the Mariners do against the Whitecaps. But if Y-D falls, and Chatham falls, and Harwich succeeds for the second straight night in defeating Brewster, then a three-way tie in the East will culminate the regular season’s final day.

Brewster has wrapped up second place in the East and Orleans is safely atop first place by a vast margin as the Firebirds are the sole Cape team to win 30 games this summer.

The Bourne Braves are also safe in second place in the West but should Wareham lose to Cotuit tonight and Falmouth wins, the Commodores will eliminate the Gatemen from the postseason.

Falmouth will host Bourne at 5:30 tonight at Elmer “Guv” Fuller Field while Cotuit hits the road to face Wareham at 6:00 pm at Clement S. Spillane Field, not always the most hospitable of places for the visitors when it comes down to crunch time.

The Y-D Red Sox are equally in a sort of must-win situation and should the Sox defeat Hyannis at Merrill “Red” Wilson Field at 4:30 pm today, and Chatham loses, then Y-D will finish in third place. But if Chatham defeats Orleans at Veterans Field tonight, then a two-way tie will occur.

  • Cotuit at Wareham, 6:00 pm (Spillane Field) – Both teams need to win
  • Hyannis at Y-D, 4:30 pm (Red Wilson Field) – Y-D needs to win
  • Bourne at Falmouth, 5:30 pm (Fuller Field) – Falmouth must win
  • Orleans at Chatham, 7:00 pm (Veterans Field) – Chatham needs to win
  • Harwich at Brewster, 4:30 pm (Stony Brook Field) – Harwich must win and Y-D and Chatham must lose for Harwich to survive

— 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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