Aug 12 2014

The Kettleers of 2014

Published by at 1:14 pm under Baseball,Cape Cod,Cotuit

Cotuit's baseball season came to an end last night as Falmouth took the second of the three-game Western Division championship with a blow-out 17 hit, 10 to 2 victory at Lowell Park.

I missed the game but as I drove into the village around 7:45 pm I passed the remnants of it and saw  a Kettleer walking down Lowell Avenue onto Main Street in his untucked uniform, his host family surrounding him, escorting him home f or the evening after a season of highs and lows, two bats sticking up in the air from his backpack on his shoulders, the wooden bats the Cape league is known for.

I didn't catch a lot of games this year due to a variety of excuses, but I did catch a wonderful come-from-behind performance against Bourne over the weekend. Cotuit was down 5-0 and the air was out of the home fans' tires, when the Kettleers rallied in magnificent fashion to tie the 3 game series at one apiece. It was the perfect game, vintage Mike Roberts baseball, all the more memorable because my friend Jim D. turned to me at one point when Cotuit had runners at first and third and said to me: "Watch the runner at first get into a run-down so the runner at third can steal home."

Five seconds later exactly that occurred, chaos ensued, and the fact that Cape Cod baseball is far more entertaining than pro ball was underscored.

Congratulations and thanks to the Kettleers for another great season.

Just a few more months to find the cash to save the woods behind the ball field. At the Bourne  game the Barnstable Land Trust ran some yellow tape across the area of the outfield that would be lost if the land isn't preserved. Essentially the park would become unplayable as a big slice of outfield from the flagpole to the visiting bull pen would be lost.

Here's Barnstable Land Trust's Casey Dannhauser throwing the first pitch at the last Bourne game of the season.

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2 Responses to “The Kettleers of 2014”

  1. Mark Buckleyon 12 Aug 2014 at 8:34 pm

    I have exercised the public easement on the field for the last 29 years and have had permits from Dave Curley Director of Recreation on the field to teach soccer to students at both the Jr. High and the High School. The field has been used , with the fences clearly on Lowell property , for at least 50 years . Because of adverse possession we will be able to continue to use Lowell Field no matter what happens . That said , everyone should support the Land Trust’s efforts to preserve these woods just as the Lowell family has for more than 100 years .

  2. Anonymouson 17 Aug 2014 at 11:04 am

    Dave, your baseball fan writing is some of the best I’ve ever seen. Kudos.
    JimF

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