The Harwich Mariners won their first Cape Cod League championship in 21 years Thursday night, beating Cotuit 2-1 in the decisive third game of the championship series. Mark Fleury (North Carolina) delivered a pinch-hit, two-run single in the ninth inning against Kettleers closer Drew Storen (Stanford), turning a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 win for Harwich.
“Coach (Steve Englert) told me the inning before to get ready, get loose,” Fleury said in a release. “I told him I was ready. The guy (Storen) was throwing hard, I was just trying to get the bat on the ball up in the air somewhere . . . it worked out.”
Joseph Sanders (Auburn) opened the inning with a leadoff triple against Cotuit starter Nick Hernandez (Tennessee), who had kept Harwich off the board for the first seven innings. Storen followed by hitting Brian Kemp (St. John’s) and walking Chase Leavitt (Arkansas) to set up Fleury’s heroics.
Harwich got a strong start from Chris Manno (Duke), who struck out nine while allowing just an unearned run on five hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings. Willie Kempf (Baylor) followed with 2 1/3 scoreless to pick up the win in relief.
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