06/13/2022 7:00 AM
Article By: Kayla Gregoire
Despite a rainy and cloudy day on the Cape, fans came out to watch all 10 teams battle on Opening Day of the Cape Cod Baseball League. Many fans continued to support their teams in the stands with umbrellas and hoodies to keep themselves dry.
“Happy” by Pharrell Williams blasted throughout Guv Fuller Field before first pitch to echo fan’s excitement to watch baseball on the Cape again.
Fans took to social media to show their support for Opening Day on the Cape. Former players, coaches, and interns that have a connection to the Cape wished everyone good luck on their season.
Falmouth, Bourne, Wareham, Orleans, and Chatham grabbed the honor of hosting at their home fields for the first day of the season. While Brewster, Harwich, Hyannis, Yarmouth-Dennis, and Cotuit took their first road trips of the season to the other ballparks.
Many people come to Opening Day for different reasons, but the one thing they all have in common is their love and enjoyment for baseball.
“I love baseball, I love watching baseball. I enjoy coming to see the games,” one fan said before the game at Guv Fuller Field.
For coaches, the first game of the season is when they are trying to navigate their new team. They are faced with mostly new players and do not know what their team will look like until the first game of the season is played.
“Any opening day is an exciting day,” Harwich Mariners head coach, Steve Englert said. “It’s kind of strange because you’ve got all new faces and you’re trying to build some chemistry and get ready for the long grind of the summer, but so far so good.”
In the anticipated rematch of the 2021 CCBL championship series, Bourne avenged their loss to the reigning Cape League champions, the Brewster Whitecaps.
The Gatemen and Harbor Hawks kept a close game through six innings, but once the seven inning came, the Gatemen pulled out a one-run win.
Despite both teams having four hits to end the game, Chatham could not string together at-bats to push a run across the board. This gave Cotuit their fifth consecutive Opening Day win.
The nine-inning limit rule affected the Firebirds and Red Sox in their first game back. Orleans was up 4-3 heading into the 7th inning, but a home run by Yarmouth-Dennis tied the game up and neither team could take a lead.
The team that walked away with the most runs on Opening Days was the Mariners. In the third inning, Kenny Levari and Nick Goodwin both hit home runs to give Harwich a two-run lead. The Mariners tacked on a total of nine runs by the end of the game. The Commodores could not battle back.
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