9 August 2006
THIS WEEK IN THE CAPE LEAGUE
BREWSTER, Mass. – The Eastern Division Playoffs continued on Wednesday afternoon at Stony Brook School in Brewster, where the Whitecaps held the 1-0 lead in the series against the Y-D Red Sox on their home turf. Game Two lacked the excitement of Tuesday’s action-packed 13 innings; however, for Sox fans, nine innings were just fine as Y-D topped Brewster 3-1.
With the Sox up 2-1 in the top of the fourth, Stanford's Michael Taylor homered to left field to put an exclamation point on the win for Y-D. Taylor's home run was his fifth of the year (counting regular season play). He went 2-for-3 with a double in Game Two. Taylor's homer in the fourth and a Steve Strausbaugh (Western Carolina) triple early in the game along with strong defense and pitching led to today's win.
Taylor has been a consistent player for the Sox this season, and today's game-winning homer comes as no surprise to Y-D fans. Entering the playoffs, Taylor notes that his mindset has changed a bit from regular season play. "Going into the playoffs it’s a completely new ballgame, it’s a new season,” Taylor said. “We come in facing pitchers at the top of their games. It really comes down to focusing on what we're good at. We've played these teams a couple of times in the past and now we need to capitalize on their weaknesses to be as successful as we possibly can."
Taylor's Stanford teammate Nolan Gallagher pitched in relief today. Gallagher has been a jack of all trades this season for Y-D, coming in as a starter and finishing the year from the bullpen. Taylor holds his teammate in high regard, saying, "Nolan is a great ballplayer. He is a hard worker with great focus and I am fortunate to have played with him for two years." Gallagher says the same of Taylor, crediting him with helping him become more social while off the field, and pushing him to work harder while being his support system during games.
By Courtney Reilly, CCBL Intern firstname.lastname@example.org
Interns 2006 : Chad Burkart, Johnna DeChristoforo, Jonathan French, Michael Kydd, Lauren Malone