Cotuit Kettleers 2008 Season Review
Shorthanded Cotuit Kettleers
Battled to the Finish, but Couldn’t
Stop Harwich in Championship Series
COTUIT, Mass. -- The Cotuit Kettleers kept their composure through a close season despite losses of key players because of injuries, signings and early departures, claiming the West Division title before falling to the Harwich Mariners in the league championship series.
Manager Mike Roberts credited his players with picking up the slack and maturing individually, saying their efforts helped the team carry through a mid-season slump to finish first in the West with a five-game winning streak and a 24-18-2 record. One more victory would have tied Cotuit with Orleans for the league’s best regular-season record.
The Kettleers opened the 2008 campaign with a bang before hitting a period of difficult losses. They picked up steam in the closing weeks and pushed ahead of Hyannis and Falmouth in the last week of the season.
Pitchers Seth Blair (Arizona State) and Nick Hernandez (Tennessee) both made an impressive impact on the mound, earning spots on the West Division All-Star Team and as an alternate, respectively. Lefty Hernandez led the league in wins with six, then picked up two more in the post-season. Blair, the right hander, finished with a 1.72 ERA, the league’s third lowest.
Kevin Patterson (Auburn), Michael Gilmartin (Wofford), Jason Kipnis (Arizona State), and Dallas Poulk (North Carolina State) kept opposing pitchers on their toes, and Brett Jackson (California-Berkeley) played solid defense, sweeping up any loose balls that made their way to center field.
Patterson, who was also a West Division All Star, was named winner of the league’s Daniel J. Silva Sportsmanship Award.
The Kettleers accomplished a great deal in 2008, but from manager Roberts to the sponsoring Cotuit Athletic Association to the team’s loyal fans, the goal in 2009 will be to take one more step forward and bring the Arnold Mycock Trophy, symbolic of the league championship, back to Cotuit where they all believe it belongs.
Ashley Crosby, CCBL Intern ([email protected])
Interns: Chris Blake, James Chandley, Ashley Crosby, Phil Garceau, Stefanie Marini, Laura Rasmussen