Summer college baseball is wrapping up around the country. A few notable championships were decided this weekend—in the Cape Cod League, Coastal Plain League and National Baseball Congress World Series.
In the Cape, the Cotuit Kettleers won their first title since 1999 with a 6-0 win against Yarmouth-Dennis in the decisive third game of the championship series on Friday. Cotuit capitalized on four Y-D errors and got a brilliant relief outing from righthander Nick Tropeano (Stony Brook) after starter Brady Rodgers (Arizona State) left with a back strain in the third inning. Tropeano, the top prospect in the Atlantic Collegiate League last summer, retired the first nine batters he faced and finished with seven strikeouts over 6 2/3 hitless innings of relief.
“There was no doubt in my mind that if Nick Tropeano finished that ballgame, the Cotuit Kettleers were going to win,” Cotuit coach Mike Roberts told the Cape Cod Times. “(He) is one of the greatest competitors I've ever seen in collegiate baseball in my 30-plus years of coaching. He is Long Island tough.”
Cotuit stifled Y-D's previously red-hot offense in the finals, allowing just two runs in three games. Righty Matt Andriese (UC Riverside) threw a complete-game shutout in the opener.
In the Coastal Plain League, Forest City won its second consecutive title with a 5-0 win against Edenton in the final game of the best-of-three championship series on Saturday. Brian Burton (Canisius) hit a two-run homer in the second inning to put the Owls ahead for good, and Will Skinner (Middle Tennessee State) added another two-run shot an inning later to give Forest City's pitchers a comfortable cushion. Starter Jeremy Fant (Rice) and reliever Andrew Brown (Akron) combined on a five-hit shutout, allowing just one walk while striking out four. Forest City is the first team to win back-to-back titles in the CPL.
In the NBC World Series, the Liberal BeeJays of the Jayhawk League won their fifth title—and first since 2000—with a 9-6 win against the Seattle Studs in Friday's championship game. Liberal finished with a 7-1 record in the tournament and avenged a quarterfinals loss to the Studs in the championship. Joe Vaskas (Concordia, N.Y., College) went 4-for-5 with three runs and three RBIs to lead Liberal's 15-hit attack in the finale.
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