08/14/2017 10:45 AM
Wow! The Cape Cod Baseball League 2017 season was off the charts with excitement. The Championship Series of our playoffs featured the two #3 seeded teams from each division and going right down to the wire with the Brewster Whitecaps defeating the Bourne Braves 2 games to 1 for Brewster's first championship since 2000. What a great series between two outstanding franchises and all fans in attendance will agree that they witnessed pure collegiate baseball at its absolute highest level. The Brewster Whitecaps are the proud owners of the Arnold Mycock Championship Trophy. Congratulations to Manager Jamie Shevchik, GM Ned Monthie, President Chris Kenney and their outstanding volunteers for attaining their championship dream season!
The Orleans Firebirds ran away with the Eastern Division regular season championship as well as being recipients of the President’s Trophy signifying the best record and most points during the regular season. The Falmouth Commodores outdistanced their opponents in the Western Division to capture that divisional crown. The Falmouth Commodores also unanimously won the coveted Commissioner's Cup honoring professionalism and integrity on and off the field.
Our annual All Star Game was held at Spillane Field in Wareham on July 22nd. The Gatemen volunteers came out in huge numbers to make this day so successful for the enormous crowd under beautiful blue skies. It was a very special day highlighted by two Duke University players sharing MVP honors. Jimmy Herron from the Orleans Firebirds in the Eastern Division and Griffin Conine from the Cotuit Kettleers in the Western Division deserved those special accolades on a great day.
As our regular season was winding down and playoffs nearing, crowds really began to swell and the fever pitch of the playoffs arrived. In the Eastern Division, Orleans dispatched of Chatham 2 games to 1, while defending three-time champion Yarmouth-Dennis was upset by Brewster 2 games to 1. Brewster went on to upset Orleans 2 games to 1 and earned the right to play in the championship series. Meanwhile, in the Western Division, Bourne swept past Cotuit 2 games to 0 while Wareham swept Falmouth by an identical 2-0 margin. Bourne went on to sweep the Wareham Gatemen and settled the question of who would meet Brewster in the championship round. The Championship Series saw all three games won by the home team with solid, clean baseball. The fans were treated to excitement in every game and when the final out was recorded in Brewster's championship-clinching 2-0 victory, the crowd of nearly 5,000 fans in Brewster erupted in glee. All fans in attendance clearly realized why the CCBL is recognized as the finest collegiate summer wood bat league in America as the quality of play was simply outstanding. Special congratulations not only to the Brewster organization, but also to the fine Bourne Braves who were extremely formidable opponents led by Manager Harvey Shapiro who is the consummate professional, supported by GM Darin Weeks and President Nicole Norkevicius. Great season Braves fans!
Long-time Chatham Manager John Schiffner announced mid-season that this would be his final season after 25 years as Head Coach and holding the unique distinction of the winningest coach in the history of the Cape Cod Baseball League with over 500 victories!! Best wishes Schiff with your future plans. You will be missed!!
So, as we close out yet another spectacular summer of baseball, there are endless amounts of folks to congratulate and thank. The list is eternal, but suffice it to say that the volunteers and loyal fans continue to be the heartbeat of the Cape Cod Baseball League, and we are all so grateful for this unique and special gem we have here. We truly hope that when the players get back to school, their thoughts drift back to Cape Cod and they have as many joyful memories that they provided all of us with. We hope they never forget us, because they will always be with us.
This was a very special summer, with all ten teams reporting what spectacular student-athletes they had. They were all very fine baseball players, but even better people, and what more could you ask. The memories from this summer will be endless. The interns, trainers, broadcasters, endless volunteers and incredible fans can be very proud to know that the summer of 2017 on Cape Cod was one for the ages and very special.
This just doesn’t seem to cover it, but thank you one and all!
Paul A. Galop, Commissioner