By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
HARWICH, M.A. - The Brewster Whitecaps are heading to the 2021 CCBL Championship Series.
The Whitecaps completed the sweep over the Mariners in an epic second game by winning 5-4. It was a playoff game people should be talking about for years to come. With the sweep, the Whitecaps will now have a day off before playing in their first championship series since 2017, when the Whitecaps last won.
“I saw something cool. We all looked up into the stands and everyone was on their feet for that ninth inning,” Whitecaps’ manager Jamie Shevchik said. “Now it's about winning it for the Brewster Whitecaps, the town of Brewster, and everyone involved in the organization.”
The Whitecaps grabbed the lead first in the top of the third. Jake Thompson (Oklahoma State) walked with the bases loaded, giving the Whitecaps a 1-0 advantage.
The Whitecaps in the next inning pushed the score to 2-0, after Tony Bullard (Arizona) connected on a solo home run.
Harwich cut that lead in half in the bottom of the inning and scored their first run of the series.
The score stayed the same until the eighth inning. The Whitecaps put up two more runs to make the score 4-1. The first run came from a wild pitch that scored Zach Neto (Campbell). The second run came off the bat of Tony Bullard (Arizona) once again. Bullard singled, bringing in Jake Thompson (Oklahoma State). Right after the run scored Bullard was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double.
You could've heard a pin drop where the Harwich crowd was seated, after the top half of the eighth with their team down 4-1 and their offense only having one run 16 innings into the series.
Just like every great playoff game, there is always a comeback.
Harwich was able to push across three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to make the score 4-4 heading into the ninth.
Now, this is where it gets interesting.
The Whitecaps had the bases loaded, Zach Neto (Campbell) was at the plate going against Harwich reliever Owen Coady (UPenn).
The Umpire called a balk on Coady with the bases loaded, bringing in what would eventually be the winning run for the Whitecaps. It will be a moment fans on the Cape will be talking about for years.
“The balk aside, this game was a rollercoaster, between getting the lead, then the game being tied, and then us getting the bases loaded,” Jamie Shevchik said.
Dale Stanavich (Rutgers) came in for the save in the ninth and struck out the side to send the Whitecaps to the Championship.
Teddy McGraw (Wake Forest) started for the Whitecaps and gave a masterful performance. McGraw went six innings, recorded nine strikeouts, allowed five hits and only one run.
“Every time you go out, you just try to compete and have fun,” McGraw said. “It’s a great way to end the summer for my last time out on the mound, hopefully, I can keep getting better in the fall at Wake Forest.”
Some people may call this Whitecaps season lucky or unusual, but being around the team, it isn't luck, it's just called Whitecaps baseball, and somehow someway, the Whitecaps find ways to win.
The Whitecaps dream season will continue, as they will await the winner of Cotuit and Bourne. The first game in the championship series will be on Monday.