By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
BREWSTER, M.A. - It was a magic summer for the Brewster Whitecaps and everyone around the team, and in the community.
The Brewster Whitecaps came back from five runs down to take down the Bourne Braves 10-6. The win capped off an amazing season for the Whitecaps, who finished champions of the Cape League.
I was around this team since day one, and you could tell there was something special going to happen. The different personalities of each player on the Whitecaps are what made this team so special.
Whether it be the bullpen chirping at the opposing outfielders, the smiles on the player's faces no matter if they had been playing good or bad, playing catch with footballs, or playing fungo golf, the Whitecaps were a must-see team on and off the field.
Many great moments happened as the season went on. Colin Davis, batting .420, Zach Neto, joining the team, the Rutgers pitchers dominating, Chad Castillo, hopping off a red-eye flight and having three hits, and Bryce Hubbart, becoming the strikeout king.
That is to name a few.
The coaches of this team included; Ryan Smyth, Scott Landers, Alex Schick, EJ Devarie, Sean Stevens, and Lance Ratchford.
The Brewster Whitecaps being the best team on the Cape started with these gentleman, when you have coaches with such great personalities as these guys had it's hard not to be good. These great coaches were always talking about what it would take to win a championship. The coaches would talk about it anywhere; the beach, a restaurant, or the car ride to and from a game.
They were always there for the players, whether it be waking up at 8 a.m. to hit ground balls to a player, or just sitting down and having a conversation with a player that had been struggling, or waking up at 6 a.m to make Stony Brook Field look like an MLB field.
The manager of this team was Jamie Shevchik. Shevchik was entering his sixth season as the manager of the Whitecaps. Shevchik is one of a kind and one of the smartest baseball minds in the country.
His players love to play for him, whether it's on the Cape or at Keystone College, where Shevchik is also the manager.
He gets players to buy in, and that simply is one of the hardest things to do as a coach. He knows the pro baseball system just as well as anyone and will do everything in his power to get a player to that next level.
Jamie Shevchik is truly a class act and deserves a lot of credit for helping Brewster bring home the title.
This title was for a community who went the 2020 summer with no fans, popcorn, or pretzels, families hosting players, and especially they went without seeing their beloved Whitecaps.
Sure enough, the 2021 season made up for that lonely quiet summer. It was hard to put into words the joy in Whitecaps' general manager Ned Monthie, and team president Bob Graczewski's faces.
You could tell what happened yesterday does not come around too often. When it does, it makes one magical summer.
BREWSTER, M.A. - Bourne struck first and struck hard in the top of the first. The Braves put five quick runs on the board.
The Whitecaps answered back right away, with a Zach Neto (Campbell) two-run home run.
In the top of the second, the Braves got the first two men on base and were looking to add to their lead, starting pitcher Chris McElvain (Vanderbilt) put a stop to that by retiring the next three batters in order.
The Whitecaps inched even closer in the bottom of the third. Chris Lanzilli (Arkansas) doubled with two outs in the inning, Jake Thompson (Oklahoma State) then knocked him in with a double of his own. Thompson’s RBI made the score 5-3, heading into the fourth.
The Whitecaps then pulled within one run in the fourth inning. Chad Castillo (Cal Baptist) and Kurtis Byrne (TCU) led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Castillo then reached third on a sacrifice fly. Alex Freeland (UCF) then stepped up to the plate and grounded into a fielder's choice to score the run.
After being down 5-0, the Whitecaps came back to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Chad Castillo (Cal Baptist) tied the game with an RBI Single, then Kurtis Byrne (TCU) gave the Whitecaps the lead with a double off the wall.
In the very next inning, the Braves tied the game up at six.
Once again, the Braves got the first two men on base in the top of the seventh. The tight situation forced Whitecaps’ manager Jamie Shevchik to bring in Brennan Oxford (Wake Forest). Oxford got the three outs the Whitecaps needed to keep it at six apiece.
Getting out of the jam was just another spark to fuel the Whitecaps. Tony Bullard (Arizona) hit a lead-off home run into left-field trees to give the Whitecaps a 7-6 lead.
The Whitecaps then started to pile it on in the eighth inning. A wild pitch scored Chad Castillo after that Spencer Jones stepped up and doubled to bring home two more runs.
The Whitecaps walked out of the inning with 10-6 lead.
Whitecaps’ ace Teddy McGraw (Wake Forest) entered in the ninth hurling 99 mph to shutdown the Bourne Braves to clinch the first Brewster Whitecaps CCBL title since 2017.
Chad Castillo walked away from the Cape the Playoff MVP, but honestly, everyone from the organization was an MVP all summer.
You had to be at this game to witness what happened on the field was more special than anyone can imagine.