During the Summer of 2017, the Brewster Whitecaps played a Cape League record 53 games, and finished off the season as champions. A 2-0 win over Bourne on August 13 in Game 3 of the Championship Series capped off a resilient season for the Whitecaps. After finishing the regular season at 21-21-2, Brewster earned the #3 seed in the East Division and a first round date with the 3X defending champion Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. They beat the Red Sox 2-1 in a best-of-three series after dropping the first game, and did much of the same against the Orleans Firebirds, also beating them 2-1 in the East Division Championship Series. In the finals against Bourne, it took till a deciding Game 3, when a Hunter Bishop home run gave them insurance run in the sixth inning to take the title with a 2-0 victory. This is the first title that Brewster has celebrated since 2000.
The National Women’s Hockey League recently announced their schedule for the upcoming 2017-18 season. The Boston Pride will play 16 regular season games, playing eight home games at the Warrior Ice Arena, which is also the home of the Boston Bruins practice arena. Their home schedule is as follows:
Saturday, November 4: vs. Connecticut Whale, 7:30
Saturday, December 2: vs. Buffalo Beauts, 7:30
Saturday, December 16: vs. New York Riveters, 7:30
Saturday, January 20: vs. New York Riveters, 7:30
Friday, February 2: vs. Connecticut Whale, 6:00
Sunday, February 18: vs. Buffalo Beauts, 2:30
Saturday, March 3: vs. Connecticut Whale, 7:30
Saturday, March 10: vs. New York Riveters, 7:30
The Pride have been the most successful franchise in the short history of the NWHL. After the winning the inaugural Isobel Cup in 2016, they finished runner-ups to the Buffalo Beauts in 2017 and hold the highest winning percentage of any team in league history. The team has now opened sales for season tickets, and will soon starting selling single-game tickets as well. The 2017 NWHL Draft will take place on August 17th at 7:00.
For the first time in franchise history, the Valley Blue Sox captured the NECBL Title, defeating the Ocean State Waves 2-0 in a best-of-three series. Game 1 of the series was called mid-game on August 7th due to rain, so they finished up the game on August 8th, and the Blue Sox pulled out a 9-3 win. Game 2 of the series was played immediately after, and Michael Wroth hit one home run and drove in two in a 6-3 championship clinching victory for the team from Holyoke. The Blue Sox finished the regular season at 26-18 and grabbed the #2 seed in the Northern Division and never looked back. An opening round win over the Keene Swamp Bats was followed series sweeps of the Upper Valley Nighthawks and Waves, bringing the title to the Pioneer Valley.
Valley Blue Sox Fighting for Title
After winning the play-in game and then the Northern Division, the Valley Blue Sox are playing for the NECBL Title. They will face off against the Ocean State Waves in a three-game series from August 7-9. The game schedule is as follows:
2017 NECBL Championships: Valley Blue Sox (29-18) vs. Ocean State Waves (33-13)
August 7: Blue Sox @ Waves, 6:30, South Kingston, RI
August 8: Waves @ Blue Sox, 6:35, Mackenzie Stadium, 500 Beech Street, Holyoke, TICKETS
August 9: Blue Sox @ Waves, 6:30, South Kingston, RI (If Necessary)
Cape Cod Baseball League Playoffs Heat Up
The CCBL’s playoffs kicked off on August 5, with the top eight teams in the league battling it out in best-of-three series against division rivals. The West Division and East Division both will kick off their division championships on August 8. In the West, Wareham Gatemen and Bourne Braves to advanced to the Division Championship, while in the East it was the Brewster Whitecaps and Orleans Firebirds advancing. The winners of the East and West Division’s will face off against each other for the championship. Each matchup will be a best two out of three series. A schedule of games is as follows:
6:00- Wareham @ Bourne
7:00- Brewster @ Orleans
4:00- Orleans @ Brewster
6:30- Bourne @ Wareham
August 10 (If Necessary)
6:00- Wareham @ Bourne
7:00- Brewster @ Orleans
The three days following the completion of the Division Championships (likely August 11-13)
Future’s League Playoffs Set to Begin
Massachusetts team will take up four of the six spots in the FCBL playoffs. The regular season ended on August 6, and the playoffs are set to begin on August 8. The two division winners will get a first-round bye while the next four highest finishers will face off in play-in games on Tuesday, August 8th. Below is the playoff seeds and schedule as we know it:
1. Brockton Rox
2. Bristol Blues
3. Wachusett Dirt Dawgs
4. Pittsfield Suns
5. Nashua Silver Knights
6. Worcester Bravehearts
August 8: First Round
Worcester Bravehearts @ Wachusett Dirt Dawgs, 6:35, Doyle Field Leominster
Nashua Silver Knights @ Pittsfield Suns, 6:35, Wahconah Park, Pittsfield
August 9-11: Semifinals, Best-of-Three
Brockton Rox & Bristol Blues will host two of the three games in each series.
With the conclusion of the NECBL on August 1, fans finally learned who will be battling it out in the playoffs. The Ocean State Waves and Upper Valley Nighthawks won the Southern and Northern Division’s, respectively, and will get a bye to the division finals. The Wild Card Round will see some strong Massachusetts flavor, with the Plymouth Pilgrims grabbing the #3 seed in the Southern and the Valley Blue Sox getting the #2 seed in the Northern. Both teams will play in the single-game Wild Card Round, for the right to face the #1 seed in their respective divisions. The Pilgrims will travel to Groton, Connecticut to face off against the Mystic Schooners, with first pitch scheduled for 6:05 on Thursday, August 3rd. The Valley Blue Sox will host the Keene Swamp Bats on Thursday, August 3rd as well, with a 6:35 first pitch. Below is information about the Blue Sox playoff game in Holyoke:
Northern Division Wild Card Round
Keene Swamp Bats (20-24) @ Valley Blue Sox (26-18)
August 3rd, 6:35
500 Beech Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids and seniors.
All playoff games can be seen on the NECBL Broadcast Network.