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Orleans wins in 14 Innings

08/07/2003 9:41 AM

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Due to a quilt show at Cape Tech on Friday, 
fans can park at Whitehouse Field at Harwich High School.
 Shuttle buses will run from 1:30 until game time.

for immediate release: 7 August, 2003

      Orleans 1, Brewster 0 (14 innings)

ORLEANS – Jon Zerengue scored the winning in the bottom of the fourteenth as Orleans took the first game of the Eastern Division playoffs.

     The two teams meet for game two today at 3:00 p.m. at Cape Tech. Due to a quilt show at Cape Tech, fans can park at Whitehouse Field at Harwich High School and take a shuttle bus to Cape Tech.

     Zerengue (LSU) started the winning rally with an infield single up the middle. Myron Leslie walked to put runners on first and second. Cesar Nicolas, the league’s RBI leader, hit a slow roller down the third base line which Brian Bixler (Eastern Michigan) barehanded and then bounced his throw in the dirt allowing Zerengue to score from second to bring to an end the 3 hour and 41 minute marathon. Bill Bray (William & Mary) earned the win with five shutout innings of relief work. Bray, 2-1 with 4 saves in the regular season, allowed six hits, struck out six and walked none. In a game played in a constant drizzle, pitching and good defense from both teams kept the game scoreless.

     Both teams had scoring opportunities throughout the game, Brewster’s first chance came in the second when the Whitecaps loaded the bases with no outs, but a force out at home and a 6-4-3 double play ended the threat. Brewster left runners on first and second in the fourth and had runners on second and third with no outs in the sixth but failed to score. Another force at home and a fly out to center ended that threat. 

     The Whitecaps then had 12 players in a row set down by Cardinals starter Brandon Camardese and Bray. Camardese (Miami, FL) pitched nine shutout innings, scattering five hits and striking out seven.

      Orleans first scoring chance came in the fifth when Myron Leslie (South Florida) leadoff with a double down the rightfield line. Leslie moved to third on a sacrifice by Nicolas and was thrown out at home by J. C. Holt (LSU) for an inning-ending double play after Holt caught a fly ball off the bat of Jason Jaramillo (Oklahoma State). The Cardinals almost ended the game in the 12th inning when they loaded the bases with two outs on a single by Nicolas, a walk to Jaramillo and an infield single by Rodney Allen (Arizona State). Bixler fielded Matt Cooksey’s bunt down the third base line and in a bang-bang play just got Cooksey for the third out.

     Josh Rummonds (USC) started for Brewster and went seven innings, allowing only four hits while walking two and striking out four. Jordan Thomson (Northeastern) pitched two innings of hitless relief with three strikeouts. Brewster closer, Jarrett Santos (UNC Greensboro) went four innings in relief and took the loss. Santos gave up five hits, an unearned run and struck out three.

     The game came three days after Orleans set a CCBL record with a 20-inning marathon against Harwich, which the Mariners won 3-2. This game was second-longest playoff game and the longest playoff game ever for the Cardinals. It matched the longest 1-0 playoff which was in 1998 when Wareham beat Chatham in a finals game. The longest playoff game 15 innings in 1989 between Y-D and Brewster in which the Red Sox won 2-1.

Bruce Hack, CCBL Historian
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