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UNC Baseball: Wrapping up the 2017 Cape Cod League

Which Tar Heels made it all the way to the Championship Series?

Al Hood

It’s been a great season of baseball down on Cape Cod, but like all good things, the 2017 season had to come to an end.

In the East, Chatham with four Tar Heels faced off against Orleans with four of their own. Brewster, housing two Tar Heels for the summer, took on Yarmouth-Dennis which was devoid of any Diamond Heels. For the West, Wareham, also devoid of any Tar Heels, faced off against Falmouth which had one Tar Heel. The final matchup had Bourne face off against Cotuit, neither team hosting a Tar Heel for the summer.

Cotuit and Falmouth went out quickly in the West, losing the first two in the best of three, while Yarmouth-Dennis and Chatham managed to take it to all three games before sending their players home for the rest of the summer. That left Orleans facing Brewster (Tar Heels on Tar Heels) and Wareham faced off against Bourne. The set up insured at least some Tar Heels would get to face off for the CCBL title, and they wouldn’t have to face off against teammates for it.

In the end, Brewster held off Orleans, and Bourne got the best of Wareham. Kyle Datres and Zach Gahagan would lead their squad of Whitecaps against the Braves of Bourne.

Brewster took Game One, 5-4, as they managed to Homer Simpson their way to a win in the bottom of the 10th. Bourne fought back in Game Two, winning a slugfest 13-7. It all came down to Sunday’s game at Brewster. It was a pitching duel, but Brewster managed to eek out a 2-0 win, sealing their first Cape Cod title since 2000.

So, congratulations are in order to Kyle Datres and Zach Gahagan! After two months on Cape Cod, they’ve been able to experience what it’s like to win a title. The experience will surely help them as they come back on campus this weekend and get ready for the 2018 UNC Baseball season.

One final time, let’s see how the Diamond Heels did out on the Cape:

Austin Bergner, Chatham

2017 CCBL Playoffs: Pitched 8/6, W, 1 ER, 5 IP, 6 K, 2 BB, 6 H

2017 CCBL Season: 4-1, 1.25 ERA, 36 IP, 36 K, 13 BB, 30 H

Rodney Hutchinson, Chatham

2017 CCBL Playoffs: Pitched 8/5 1 G, 4 2/3 IP, 7 K, 1 BB, 5 H

2017 CCBL Season: 2-0, 0.60 ERA, 2 SV, 30 IP, 21 K, 7 BB, 25 H

Ashton McGee, Chatham

2017 CCBL Playoffs: One At Bat, Strikeout

2017 CCBL Season: 23 G, 72 AB, 10 H, 5 R, 1 3B, 4 RBI, 9 BB, 32 K, 1 SB, .139 Avg.

Cody Roberts, Chatham

2017 CCBL Playoffs: 1 G, 2 AB, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 R

2017 CCBL Season: 22 G, 72 AB, 7 R, 11 H, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 16 BB, 23 K, .153 Avg

Tyler Baum, Harwich

2017 CCBL Season (no playoffs): 5-1, 2.72 ERA, 7 G, 43 IP, 41 K, 10 BB, 36 H, CCBL All Star

Cole Aker, Harwich

2017 CCBL Season (no playoffs): 1-4, 4.24 ERA, 13 G, 23 1/3 IP, 26 K, 21 BB, 17 H

Brett Daniels, Orleans

2017 CCBL Playoffs: 1 G, 1-0, 1.50 ERA, 1 ER, 6 IP, 8 K, 3 H

2017 CCBL Season: 1-0, 3.38 ERA, 14 G, 34 2/3 IP, 1 SV, 31 K, 6 BB, 23 H

Josh Hiatt, Orleans

2017 CCBL Playoffs: 3 G, 0-1, 2.25 ERA, 1 ER, 2 SV, 4 IP, 3 K, 2 BB, 1 H*

2017 CCBL Season: 4-1, 2.67 ERA, 21 G, 8 SV, 27 IP, 29 K, 12 BB, 12 H

Brandon Riley, Orleans

2017 CCBL Playoffs: 3 G, 7 AB, 2 H, 1 R, 1 RBI, .286 Avg

2017 CCBL Season: 42 G, 125 AB, .256 Avg, 32 H, 19 R, 5 2B, 2 3B, 18 RBI, 22 BB, 28 K, 3 SB

Taylor Sugg, Orleans

2017 CCBL Playoffs: 1 G, ND, 1.80 ERA, 5 IP, 1 ER, 1 K, 1 BB, 5 H

2017 CCBL Season: 12 G, 12-1, 4.94 ERA, 31 IP, 19 K, 12 BB, 32 H

Robbie Peto, Falmouth

2017 CCBL Season (DNP in Playoffs): 8 G, 1-2, 7.36 ERA, 1 SV, 22 IP, 21 K, 22 BB, 21 H

Kyle Datres, Brewster

2017 CCBL Playoffs: 9 G, 35 AB, 9 H, .257 Avg, 1 2B, 2 HR (!), 6 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 BB, 1 SB

2017 CCBL Season: 41 G, 146 AB, 34 H, 146 AB, 4 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 24 BB, 33 K, 6 SB

Zach Gahagan, Brewster

2017 CCBL Playoffs: 6 G, 14 AB, 3 H, .214 Avg, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 SB

2017 CCBL Season: 26 G, 64 AB, 14 H, .219 Avg, 9 R, 3 RBI, 8 BB, 24 K, 4 SB,

I wanted to note Hiatt’s performance. He appeared in three of Orleans games, the nights he only pitched one inning, he got the save. It wasn’t until his last outing, on August 10th, where he was asked to go two, and that’s where the loss comes from.

Datres left his mark in the playoffs, hitting two homers when he had one all season going in. Both he and Gahagan were key contributors to the title for the Whitecaps.

With that, the sun sets on Cape Cod. Hopefully, the Diamond Heels who went will get a couple of days to enjoy their summer before coming back to campus in the next week. For all who participated, hopefully the experience they got will help them for 2018 as they try to go a little further in the NCAA playoffs.