The regular season is done. After an exhaustive couple of months grinding out games on the shores of Southeastern Massachusetts, the Cape Cod League has entered the playoff portion of their season.
Last week we talked about how a few Diamond Heels had already made it to the postseason, and this week we are happy to report the one who was staring at missing them, Ike Freeman’s Brewster Whitecaps, pulled through in the end. Thanks to some rough weather in Massachusetts, the first games were delayed, and the playoffs will look like this:
Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox Vs. Brewster Whitecaps
Chatham Anglers Vs. Harwich Mariners
Wareham Gatemen Vs. Cotuit Kettleers
Hyannis Harbor Hawks Vs. Falmouth Commodores
Each series is a best two out of three, with the winner of the East ultimately taking on the winner of the West for the right to call themselves Cape Cod League Champions. For the purpose of the teams we care about, ignore the West Division as all the Tar Heels in the CCL play in the East. It’s very likely teammates will have to take each other out in order to try and win it all.
Meanwhile, those Diamond Heels have been continuing to make their mark. In Chatham, not only is Austin Bergner pitching some gems, he’s actually responsible for ground work on the field:
After Saturday's rain, Chatham game one starter Austin Bergner (@DiamondHeels) will have his work cut out for him when he repairs the mound before Sunday's contest. See how he does it here (from @ddschneidman): https://t.co/NJeb2HZQKe pic.twitter.com/d5jHwEEFKx— Chatham Anglers (@ChathamAnglers) August 4, 2018
Bergner also won the Most Outstanding Player for the Anglers along with Alek Manoah from West Virginia:
The 2018 Willard Nicholas Most Outstanding Player Award Recipients: Alek Manoah (@WVUBaseball) and Austin Bergner (@DiamondHeels)! pic.twitter.com/ngAxxgwGVr— Chatham Anglers (@ChathamAnglers) August 1, 2018
Meanwhile, Michael Busch has continued his slugging for Chatham, getting an important enough hit to warrant being interviewed after his game this past Wednesday:
LISTEN: Michael Busch (@DiamondHeels) talks with @cooperkboardman postgame after blasting a 2-run home run in the A's win over the Firebirds. https://t.co/Uxi8dRHOnX— Chatham Anglers (@ChathamAnglers) August 2, 2018
Ashton McGee completes the trio for Chatham. Tyler Baum should be facing them on the other side, but Buam hasn’t pitched since mid-July, and he no longer appears on their roster. No real word on what happened, as his pitching was strong. Hopefully it’s just precautionary and he’ll be ready for the 2019 season.
Meanwhile, over in Brewster Ike Freeman leads the Whitecaps agains the Red Sox. Brandon Martorano was a teammate of Freeman’s, but even though he put up a great week prior, the Whitecaps decided to let him go on back to Chapel Hill.
We’ll see who the last Heels standing will be, meanwhile let’s see how everyone is doing:
Tyler Baum, Harwich Mariners-Released
2018 Season: 3 G, 12 IP, 0.75 ERA, 0-0, 0 SV, 12 K, 2 BB, 13 H
Austin Bergner, Chatham Anglers
Week of 7/29-8/4: DNP
2018 Season: 4 G, 22 2/3 IP, 2.38 ERA, 2-1, 0 SV, 26 K, 7 BB, 22 H
Michael Busch, Chatham Anglers
Week of 7/29-8/4: 4 G, 6-11, .545, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 SB, 1 2B
2018 Season: 27 G, 29-90, .322, 6 HR, 17 RBI, 19 BB, 17 K, 3 SB, 4 2B
Ike Freeman, Brewster Whitecaps
Week of 7/29-8/4: 4 G, 4-13, .308, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 SB, 0 2B
2018 Season: 23 G, 17-68, .250, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 7 BB, 17 K, 0 SB, 1 2B
Joey Lancellotti, Orleans Firebirds-Released 7/12
2018 Season: 4 G, 13 1⁄3 IP, 3.37 ERA, 1-1, 0 SV, 17 K, 3 BB, 14 H
Brandon Martorano, Brewster Whitecaps-Released 7/28
2018 Season: 18 G, 14-58, .241, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 21 K, 0 SB
Week of 7/29-8/4: 3 G, 2-10, .200, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 SB, 1 2B
2018 Season: 23 G, 6-43, .140, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 5 BB, 13 K, 2 SB, 1 2B
Good luck to all the Diamond Heels in the playoffs, and we’ll check in next week!