By: Koki Riley
BREWSTER, M.A. – And just like that, it was over.
The 2019 Brewster Whitecaps season is officially completed following the Whitecaps 4-4 tie in Bourne on Thursday night.
It was a season that none of them left totally satisfied with, but it was a summer that none of them will ever forget.
“These guys made (the season) really enjoyable,” Whitecaps head coach Jamie Shevchik said. “I wouldn’t trade any one of these guys. If these guys were all eligible to come back next year I’d take every single one of them because it was that much fun for me.”
From Coach Shevchik on down to bat boys, this Whitecaps team became a family almost instantly. And despite constant roster changes, this Brewster team came closer together throughout the summer.
“I wish this summer could have kept on going,” Whitecaps bullpen coach Gene Bowles said. “We brought in a lot of different types of personalities from the first week of June until July 31st.
From T.J. Collett’s nature adventures to Chance Huff’s stand-off against the Wareham bullpen, this Brewster team kept things constantly light and fun throughout what was a long and erratic, especially weather wise, summer.
And as much as these players miss spending time at home with their families, they’ll also miss their time on the Cape with the new friends they’ve made this summer. The Whitecaps may have only played baseball together for about eight weeks, but the day in and day out grind of the Cape League season made those eight weeks feel like eight years.
“It’s been an unbelievable experience,” Whitecaps starting pitcher Mason Black said. “I hope I get to have this opportunity again next year.”
“It’s definitely a really tight group,” Whitecaps reliever Brian Craven said. “People were excited to go home but sad to leave each other.
“Hopping into a bullpen, even for a week, you get to know guys pretty quick and you spend a lot of time together messing around down there and cheering on for the team.”
With no more games on the schedule for 2019, it’s on to 2020.
We also want to thank you all for following along and reading our coverage of the 2019 Brewster Whitecaps this summer. Catch us again next summer for more coverage in 2020.
Until then it’s so long from the Game Reports section on brewsterwhitecaps.com.
By: Koki Riley
BREWSTER, M.A. – In the bottom of the second inning, Whitecaps catcher Brett Auerbach (Alabama) brought a plastic friend onto the field.
With its big green shell and bendable feet on Auerbach’s back, the inflatable turtle that had entered foul ground was handed to the Harwich (21-21-2) dugout as a gift prior to Greg Tobin’s (Brandeis) first pitch of the frame.
Brewster (18-22-3) went on to score their first run of the game that frame on a solo home run from Mason Dodd (Belmont Abbey College). But Dodd’s solo shot was not the focus point of the inning. In fact, none of the eight runs scored in Wednesday’s 4-4 tie were more important than the turtle shaped floatie that found its way on the field.
The fact of the matter was that Brewster and Harwich’s final matchup of the regular season had zero playoff implications for either team.
The Whitecaps had been eliminated from postseason contention by the Mariners the night before. On the other hand, Harwich, with just one game left to play, were locked into the fourth seed no matter the outcome of Wednesday’s game.
But, for Whitecaps starting pitcher Mason Black (Lehigh), that made pitching Wednesday evening even more difficult.
“It was tough not having anything to really pitch for team wise,” Black said. “We all grinded out this whole summer together so you just want to go out on a high note.”
So, in his final appearance with Brewster, Black was tremendous, allowing just one earned run in five innings of work to finish his summer with a 1.49 earned run average in 36.1 innings of work.
“It was a great year, (I) had a lot of fun and made a lot of friends that I’m definitely going to stay in touch with for the rest of my life,” Black said.
Black’s summer may be over, but the Brewster Whitecaps summer is not done yet.
Tomorrow, Brewster will play their final game of the season in Bourne. First pitch against the Braves will be at 6 p.m.