FALMOUTH -- As children, Massachusetts natives Adam Ravenelle and Rhett Wiseman aspired to play in the Cape Cod Baseball League.
Now, not only are the two Vanderbilt University teammates living up to their dreams, but they are making an immense impact on a Cotuit Kettleer squad that is in the midst of a playoff run.
Wiseman, a starting left fielder for Cotuit from Mansfield, scored the eventual winning run, and later knocked in an insurance run, in Thursday night’s 5-2 win over the Falmouth Commodores in the final game of a best-of-three first round series.
“It’s been incredible just being down here after kind of growing up near here,” said the 2012 Buckingham, Browne and Nichols grad. “I just lived 30 minutes away and this baseball was the first baseball I ever really saw. Before I played, this is where I came and this is what influenced me to play.”
Ravenelle, a 2011 Lincoln-Sudbury grad lived in Centerville until he was 11, and attended Kettleer and Hyannis Harbor Hawk - at the time, called the Mets - camps in his youth.
“I literally came to these camps and watched them play and idolized them more than anything,” said the 6-foot-2 righty who carried the L-S Warriors to a Division 1 baseball title in his senior season on the mound. “I just wanted to be one of them ... I never thought I would be, but coming back here is just unbelievable.”
Wiseman, a CCBL All-Star, led all Kettleers this summer in hits, runs, doubles, triples, RBIs and games played.
“Rhett has really played excellent defense in left field and he’s had a lot of clutch hits for us,” said Cotuit manager Mike Roberts. “He’s kind of making the transition from an athlete to a baseball player right now. He’s a really good athlete but there a lot of baseball things that he hadn’t necessarily done all that well his first 18, 19 years, and now he’s beginning to do the little things better.”
Ravenelle, primarily a relief pitcher this summer, has thrown 17 1/3 innings with 16 strikeouts and a 3.11 ERA. With a fastball topping out at 97 miles per hour, Roberts says the rising junior has the “best arm on the club,” though he has only faced one batter through the first three games of the playoffs.
“When Adam stays behind the ball, he really gets people out well, but right now he’s a little inconsistent with his delivery point,” Roberts said. “But he has a great arm, and so when he goes in there and throws strikes, he’s tough to beat.”
Ravenelle, Wiseman and Kettleers will next take on the Bourne Braves in the CCBL West Finals.
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