THIS WEEK IN THE CAPE LEAGUE
(18 June – 25 June 2006)
Big Hitters Earn the Early Headlines
Coca Cola Pitcher and Player of the Week
COCA COLA PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Reese Havens (University of South Carolina) made an immediate impact with the Cotuit Kettleers, playing in just three games this week. In those three games, Havens went 6-for-13 at the plate, drove in seven runs, had an average of .462 and an OBP of .500. Two of his six hits were home runs, which helped him to a 1.000 slugging percentage. Havens’ biggest game of the week came against Orleans, on his first day with the team. Havens went 3-for-5 while driving in six runs and helping Cotuit earn the win against Orleans, 17-1.
COCA COLA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Y-D Red Sox pitcher Donnie Hume (Long Beach State) worked hard and long to earn this week’s Coca Cola Pitcher of the Week. Hume threw a complete game three-hit shutout this week against Hyannis. In the nine innings he pitched, Hume only faced 31 batters, striking out seven while giving up only two walks. Y-D gave Hume five runs of support, four more than he would need to get the win.
By Kevin Wolfe, CCBL Intern firstname.lastname@example.org
Braves Searching For Stability and Victories
BOURNE, Mass. – Suffering from a rainout in their first week, the Bourne Braves completed every game but Saturday’s washout in the second week of their Cape League season. The Braves are looking toward their late arrivals for some improvement both offensively and defensively.
The Braves began the week facing division rival Wareham. Taking the mound for the Braves was RHP Tom Farmer (Akron), who pitched extremely well over the course of six innings, giving up only one hit. Farmer was able to retire 17 out of the 23 batters he saw. In the top of the eighth, the Braves were unable to tame the bats of the Gatemen any longer and gave up five runs on three hits.
On Monday night the Braves traveled to Harwich to face the Mariners in search of their first win. Unfortunately for the Braves, they only saw offensive production by RF Brian Leclerc (Florida) and 1B Mitch Mooreland (Mississippi St.), who combined for the only hits allowed by the Mariners. Leclerc has hit safely in all but one of the games this year at Bourne. Eammon Portice (Highpoint College) took the mound to face the bats of the victorious Harwich Mariners.
With a day of rest coming on Tuesday, the Braves were looking for a chance to earn their first win against the Brewster Whitecaps. After surrendering two runs in the first, Bourne starter Michael Lee (Bellevue CC) controlled the game until the fifth. Austin Krum (Dallas Baptist) and 2B Andy Goff (Wake Forest) led the team with two hits apiece and two runs scored. Luke Tucker (Florida State) came in to close the door on the Whitecaps, giving Lee and the Braves their first win in five games by a score of 8-6. Tucker has posted a 2.25 ERA over four appearances.
Coming off their first win, the Braves were looking to add to the win column against the hot bats of the Cotuit Kettleers. Cotuit started out scoring two runs in the first on two hits. Braves starting pitcher Mickey Storey (FAU) began to settle down until he was relieved in the fifth after giving up a total of four runs on seven hits and seven strikeouts over a span of five innings. Cotuit LHP Dan Delucia (Ohio State). Delucia controlled the bats of the Braves, throwing a two-hitter in eight innings.
Friday night the Braves traveled to Chatham to face the Eastern Division powerhouse. Unable to earn the win, the Braves showed promise offensively, scoring two runs on eight hits. Matt Hall (ASU) was the top Braves hitter, going 3-for-4 with an RBI, and OF Brett Linnenkohl (Wake Forest) added two hits while reaching base on three of his four plate appearances.
With three of the next five games at home, the Braves are looking toward the home crowd for support. The Braves are expecting the return of Bobby Bell (Rice), who has been late in his arrival due to his stint in the College World Series, within the next week. The Braves will also see the arrival of Andrew Carignan (North Carolina) and Mike Stutes (Oregon State) in the coming week.
Daniel Scalia, CCBL Intern email@example.com
Cotuit Swinging Hot Bats
COTUIT, Mass. – The Cape Cod League is a league where many players struggle adjusting to wooden bats at the beginning of the season. The league also plays home to some of the nation’s best pitching prospects who constantly flirt with complete games and shutouts day in and day out.
Someone apparently forgot to tell the Kettleers.
In its first six games, Cotuit has scored over eight runs every time out except one, which was a 5-1 loss at the hands of Falmouth. The explosion has catapulted the Kettleers into first place in the Western Division with a healthy 5-1 record.
Despite the amount of runs scored, this team has stuck to the small ball style of play for which head coach Mike Roberts has been known. They have already swiped 17 bases, good for second in the league, and even Cotuit’s power hitters have succumbed to the unselfish style of ball played in Cotuit, laying down sacrifice bunts and doing whatever it takes to manufacture runs.
The biggest contribution has come from the bat of Reese Havens (South Carolina) who has an astonishing seven RBIs in nine at-bats. Equally amazing is Jeff Dunbar (UC Riverside) and his six RBIs in six at-bats. The hot hitting has been contagious for Cotuit, where fans have seen every player on the roster record at least one RBI thus far on the young season. The Kettleers have a combined team batting average of .343, easily far and above the rest of the league, which is struggling to reach the .250 mark.
With everything seemingly functioning to perfection, Coach Roberts hasn’t been shy going to the hit-and-run and taking chances on the basepaths, a strategy he is more than happy to implement.
“Hitting like this makes my job a lot easier. The boys are making the games fun to manage,” claimed the third-year Cotuit coach after an emphatic beating of Orleans on Wednesday.
To say the bats alone are leading to the success of the Kettleers would be a slap to the great young pitching staff that has been assembled. The staff has only allowed more than three runs in one game, and pitcher of the week Dan Delucia (Ohio State) has been nearly perfect in his 16 innings of work, scattering just five hits. His two starts have gone eight innings apiece, with a gem coming at the hands of Bourne, where he struck out seven Braves.
The pitching staff has compiled a combined ERA of 1.70.
The numbers speak for themselves. Cotuit is the league’s best team in hitting and pitching. This dominance has left the loyal fans and citizens of Cotuit foaming at the mouth in hopes that their team can keep these numbers up and bring the Cape League title to where it rightfully belongs.
By Nicholas Mucci, CCBL Intern firstname.lastname@example.org
Commodores Struggling Out of the Gate
FALMOUTH, Mass. – With eight players representing two of the nation’s top collegiate programs that have advanced deep into the College World Series, the Falmouth Commodores have struggled in their absence. Fortunately for Falmouth, the Clemson Tigers were eliminated from the tournament and their players should be arriving soon. Oregon State, however, has magically advanced to the finals of the Series despite losing in its first tournament game.
Falmouth has filled its roster with temporary players along with their original signees in an attempt to salvage the beginning of the season. Thus far, despite the record, Falmouth has been very competitive in every game this season. The Commodores have lost four games by one run, leaving them essentially one clutch hit away each time.
At every game you hear whispers from the crowd about the scores in the College World Series. Fans have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of their highly touted players from Clemson and Oregon State, but the players on the field are hoping that the fans notice them. The team has been out to prove its worth and a few players have flown out of the gates with exceptional starts.
Three batters have had tremendous success in the first full week, while many more have struggled adjusting to the wooden bats. Aja Barto (Tulane) and Brett Wallace (Arizona State) have been swinging the hot bats, with two and three home runs respectively, on the young season.
Barto has adjusted well and has enjoyed his stay on the Cape thus far.
“The season so far has been a thrill. Things are going great,” said the 6-5 giant.
Barto is a huge presence at the plate, undoubtedly striking fear in opposing pitchers who must be conscious of the fact that Barto could go deep on any pitch. Barto’s spring at Tulane didn’t go as well as planned, and this summer he is out to prove something. So far he is doing quite well.
As for the fans of Falmouth who have already witnessed some difficult defeats, they can’t help but ask one question – when does Oregon State play?
By Nicholas Mucci, CCBL Intern email@example.com
Harwich Native Shifts Allegiance to Hyannis
HYANNIS, Mass. – With a second week in Cape League under their belts, the Hyannis Mets captured third place in the Western Division. This is a welcome change for fans of the Mets, who last year went 7-36-1 with the worst record in the league. But this season, things appear to be different. The Mets have won four of their last five games.
Perhaps the most exciting game so far, and the first of the Mets season to go into extra innings, was on June 23 against the Wareham Gatemen. The 10th inning tested the Mets, who scored on a Wareham error with two outs. Although everyone was pleased with the win, it could not be more satisfying for veterans from last year’s team. Starter Charlie Furbush (St. Joseph’s - Maine) was solid for the Mets, striking out five players and walking only two for the five innings that he pitched. In addition, closer Daniel Latham (Tulane) garnered his first win of the season for the three innings (including the 10th) that he pitched. But right fielder Mark McGonigle (New Orleans) was the true hero of the game. McGonigle, who has struggled at bat this summer, came through in a big way. McGonigle’s grounder to Wareham second baseman Jason Ogata (LSU) drove in the Matt Mangini (NC State) run that won the game for Hyannis.
Along with the veterans, some new players are making names for themselves here in Hyannis. At least once in his life, almost every local boy on the Cape dreams of playing for the Cape Cod Baseball League. In 2006, Jared McGuire (Boston College) is living that dream. At the start of the season, the Hyannis Mets signed the 2005 Big East Player of the Year to a regular contract.
Although he grew up in Harwich, his family members were not always rooting for the same team. “I was a Harwich fan and my dad was General Manager of the Chatham A’s. So I think it will be fun playing against teams that I’m familiar with. And we’re definitely Hyannis fans now,” says the 6-1 left fielder.
This season, McGuire and his BC Eagles spent their first year in the ACC, where they finished ninth – not bad for a young team starting in such a competitive league. However, McGuire notes that although it offers competition similar to the level he faces at school, the CCBL is a league like no other.
“The ACC, where I played at school, is a good league, but down here there is good competition. Everyone is an outstanding player and the competition day in and day out is unbelievable, and the pitching is good … so it’s gonna be a challenge.” Some of the talented pitchers he will be up against this summer are his own Boston College teammates, including Kevin Boggan and Terry Doyle.
Both Boggan and Doyle are members of the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, who shut out the Mets (the team’s only loss in four of the past five games) in Tuesday’s makeup game by a score of 5-0. McGuire and the Mets will take another crack at Y-D on Monday, June 26 at Red Wilson Field in South Yarmouth.
By Courtney Reilly, CCBL Intern firstname.lastname@example.org
Gatemen Riding High in the West
WAREHAM, Mass. – After starting the season off with four straight wins, the Wareham Gatemen have experienced their first three losses in the last four games. The Gatemen have shown their strength offensively, placing themselves among the league leaders.
Shawn Haviland (Harvard) made his regular season debut on Sunday against the Bourne Braves after earning his first win in the preseason. Haviland pitched strongly over the course of 3 2/3 innings, giving up only one hit and one earned run. Leaving with two men on, Haviland was replaced by Steven Schwartz (Pennsylvania), who needed all of one pitch to get out of the jam. It was not until the eighth inning when the bats began to come around for the Gatemen. In the ninth, the Gatemen turned to the bullpen and veteran RHP Martin Beno (Mississippi Gulf Coast), who closed out the game to give the Gatemen their fourth win in as many games. Beno is currently among the league leaders in pitching, posting a record of 1-0 and giving up only five hits over the course of eight innings pitched.
Monday night brought the Gatemen their first loss of the season when they faced the Cotuit Kettleers. John Ely (Miami-Ohio) earned the loss after providing six innings of work and giving up three earned runs. The Gatemen saw little production offensively with only six hits, two of which were earned by 3B/1B Steffan Wilson (Harvard). Wilson is leading the league in runs batted in (eight) as well as hits (13) while among the leaders with his .360 batting average. “He has done everything that has been asked from him offensively,” said GM John Wylde. “He puts the ball in play.”
After a day’s rest, the Gatemen rebounded from their first loss by facing the Harwich Mariners Wednesday night. Travis Banwart (Wichita St.) held the mound for six innings, giving up only one run and striking out four. Banwart received help from the hard-hitting bats of the Gatemen, who posted 10 runs on 11 hits. Shortstop Beemer Weems (Baylor) and OF Diallo Fon (Vanderbilt) each had three hits in the game. Banwart turned it over again to Beno out of the bullpen, who threw three innings of three-hit shutout ball.
Costly errors made defensively proved to be the reason for Thursday’s 5-1 loss to Orleans. Riley Boening (Texas) lasted 4 1/3 innings, giving up only two hits and five runs, two of which were earned. “Boening pitched well but lost his command in the bottom of the third,” said GM John Wylde. “He didn’t make the pitches he tried to make.” Connor Graham (Miami-Ohio) came in to throw the ninth to tame the bats of the Cardinals. Graham’s high velocity and strong command has put him on top of the leader board in the save category.
Tim Matthews (Baylor) pitched six strong innings for the Gatemen on Friday at Hyannis while showing movement and command of his pitches. Nick Cassavechia (Baylor) came in to pitch four no-hit innings only to earn the loss after a frustrating error was given up in the bottom of the 10th. The Mets pulled away with a 4-3 win.
After Georgia Tech’s disappointing loss in the College World Series, the Gatemen are excited to welcome 1B Luke Murton (Georgia Tech) and are looking forward to the arrival of Chris Hicks (Georgia Tech). Wylde is happy with the start to the season and looks toward an improvement defensively after an unfortunate week of errors.
Daniel Scalia, CCBL Intern email@example.com
Home Sweet Home
BREWSTER, Mass. – After an up-and-down week, the Whitecaps ended with an exciting win at home over the Cotuit Kettleers. Everything seemed to be going right on Friday night. Defense was great, as the infield made two important double plays. There were continuous hits throughout the game and a solo home run by Jason Corder (Cal-Berkley), his first of the season. Pitcher Shaun Seibert (Arkansas) threw for 101 pitches and left the game without giving up a run.
All that quickly changed when relief pitcher Jeff Stallings (NC State) gave up two runs in the ninth inning. The Whitecaps brought in Barry Enright (Pepperdine), who debuted by striking out the last of the Kettleers to get his first save as a Whitecap.
General manager Ned Monthie praised his Whitecaps and said they are “all working as hard as they can to play good baseball.”
Working particularly hard are three of Cape Cod’s finest who are home for the summer to play for the Brewster Whitecaps. They are Harwich boys Adam Laplante (Wheaton) and Cody Crowell (Vanderbilt) and Brewster’s own Jake Yagjian (Wheaton).
As they grew up in neighboring towns and watched the CCBL with the hopes of playing one day, there were many shared years of baseball and friendship and, during their high school years, a little bit of rivalry – but a lot has changed since their years at Harwich High and Nauset Regional.
Laplante and Yagjian are now teammates at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. These old friends are roommates, but not only do they share a room, they also shared the experience of playing in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. The Lyons eventually fell short in the last game to Marietta College, but finished up an impressive season with a 42-10 record.
Deciding to leave Massachusetts for Tennessee, Crowell has been an integral part of Vanderbilt’s rotation this season. After being redshirted in his first year, he has made tremendous improvements to his pitching. Throwing for the Harwich Mariners last summer also helped to polish up his skills for this year. Crowell has taken on a new role as a starter for the Whitecaps and has been great so far this season. His goals are simple: he wants to “take it game by game and try to win every game.” To that end, he is currently the league leader with 17 strikeouts.
Along with the fans, GM Ned Monthie is very happy to have the hometown favorites as part of the Whitecaps organization, saying, “It is great that they were able to play for us. It’s nice to have Cape kids playing out there.” As for the team as a whole, Monthie said, “The season is too young; we are still working ourselves out.” However, he did close with his trustworthy trademark statement, with which we would all agree: “Just looking forward to an enjoyable season.”
By Johnna DeChristoforo, CCBL Intern firstname.lastname@example.org
Winning Is More Fun Than Losing in Chatham
CHATHAM, Mass. – You can’t help but notice the infectious smile of field manager John Schiffner during a Chatham A’s game. Schiffner recently commented, “It’s the greatest job in the world, no question about it. How good can it be when you are in the Cape Cod League, coaching with and against the best college players in the country; you are in Chatham, Massachusetts, one of the most beautiful towns in the world. It doesn’t get any better.” Coach Schiffner forgot to add one thing – it’s easy to smile when you are winning.
The Chatham A’s are providing their coach with an abundance of smiles these days. Chatham currently stands atop the Eastern Division with a 5-1-1 record. The team has been close to flawless through seven games. Hitting collectively, they are second in the CCBL with a .249 team batting average. The pitching staff can also boast about the second best ERA in the league at 2.21, while the defense has chipped in with some spectacular plays by Daniel Espinosa (Long Beach State) at third base and shortstop.
Chris Carrara (Winthrop) has been the perfect catalyst for the offense. The leadoff hitter for Chatham, he leads the league in hitting with a .500 average. He also has stolen five bases for the A’s. The hitters behind Carrara, have also done their part to fuel the offense. Matt Rizzotti (Manhattan) leads the league with 10 RBIs, while young star Allan Dykstra (Wake Forest) hit two home runs during the week. At the end of the order, Adrian Ortiz (Pepperdine) is special when he gets on base. After an infield hit on Wednesday’s game against the Hyannis Mets, he quickly advanced to third on an errant pickoff attempt with his blazing speed.
Ricky Hargrove (Houston) has provided the team with solid starting pitching, allowing only three hits and without a run in two starts. The pitching staff will receive a boost with the late arrival of Robert Woodard (UNC), who is currently playing in the finals of the College World Series. However, Coach Schiffner noted that “We’ve dodged [Team] USA the last couple of years, but this year we got two.” Tim Federowitz (UNC), currently playing in the College World Series, and Todd Frazier (Rutgers) will be absent from the Chatham A’s while they compete for Team USA, but the team has plenty of players to pick up the slack.
The lone blemish for Chatham came in a breezy afternoon game at McKeon Park against the Hyannis Mets. Chatham jumped out to an early lead in the third with runs from Espinosa and Rizotti. However, with the game tied in the bottom of the sixth at 2-2, an uncharacteristic fielding error lead by Espinosa led to a run scored by Matt Mangini (NC State). The run would be the last of the game in a 3-2 win for Hyannis. Alex Hale (Richmond) and Daniel Latham (Tulane) pitched five strong innings of relief for Hyannis, with Hale receiving the win and Latham the save.
The A’s game against the Falmouth Commodores was cancelled for a second time on June 20, this time due to fog. General Manger Charlie Thoms noted, “The Cape League is one league that always has one or two games cancelled due to fog.” The game will be made up on June 27 at Veterans Field.
By Jonathan French, CCBL Intern email@example.com
Hill Takes Over On the Mound
HARWICH, Mass. – Get used to hearing the name Nick Hill (Army), because aside from getting the win Thursday night, he is turning out to be one of the best baseball players – or some might say, the best – to wear the Army uniform. During his three years he has made, matched or beat Army records, was invited to play for the USA Baseball National Team, was chosen by the Boston Red Sox in the draft and has achieved many other accomplishments. The southpaw from Bluff City, Tenn., has another year before he graduates, but throughout that year we are sure to see even more great pitching and record-setting.
It may take him a little time to settle into a game, but once he does, he can be outstanding. His first start as a Mariner did not go as well as he anticipated, but Thursday’s win is hopefully a sign of things to come. He went deep into the game with seven strikeouts and gave up one run. The well-mannered and respectful Hill was quick to give credit to his teammates and said, “The guys behind played excellent.” Defense has been a major strength for the Mariners so far this season, and Hill even got in on the action by sliding into first base to get an out.
Although defense is strong, the Mariners’ greatest strength is pitching. Head coach Steve Englert said, “We have solid pitching and the bullpen is excellent but we need to be more consistent.”
Tony Watson (Nebraska) had a very good outing on Monday night and led the Mariners to an 11-0 shutout against the Bourne Braves. Both Watson and Hill were supported by relief pitchers Josh Ellis (Wake Forest) and Dan McDonald (Seton Hall), both continuing to perform tremendously.
All-around this week, things have gone relatively well for the Mariners. Monday night’s win came from offensive support throughout the entire lineup. Falling short to Wareham on Wednesday, the Mariners once again turned things around against Y-D on Thursday. Adam Amar (Memphis) hit the first home run of the season for the Mariners and now leads the team in batting. Johnny Giavotella (New Orleans) and Devin Thomas (Brown) have been reliable run providers throughout the week as well.
This Sunday at Whitehouse Field, Johnny Dorn (Nebraska) hopes to redeem himself as he takes the mound against Aaron Brown (Houston) of the Hyannis Mets.
By Johnna DeChristoforo, CCBL Intern firstname.lastname@example.org
Winning Ugly in Orleans
ORLEANS, Mass. – Fans of baseball enjoy watching games that play out like a movie script. The people in attendance want to see mammoth homeruns and dominant pitching performances. The 2006 Orleans Cardinals don’t have those kinds of games. Most of their games can be best characterized as “ugly,” but they find a way to win. Kelly Nicholson’s Cardinals currently sit in second place in the Eastern Division behind the Chatham A’s. Nicholson recently noted after an Orleans win, “It’s better than a well played loss, we will take a [win] anytime.”
Thursday night’s 5-1 win against the Wareham Gateman illustrates the team’s ability to win a game unconventionally. The team scored all five of its runs in the bottom of the fifth without a single hit. Four walks and two errors lead to five Orleans runs. The team has yet to hit a home run, has only three extra base hits, and is hitting under .200 as a team, but that doesn’t stop it from winning.
In Friday night’s 2-1 win against the Falmouth Commodores, Mark Hallberg (Illinois-Chicago) and Matt Scogin (Army) were each able to lay down perfect bunts that moved runners over. In each instance, the bunts lead to runs by Joe Mahoney (Richmond) and Hallberg. The RBIs on the runs were credited to Josh Satin (California) and Kody Kaiser (Oklahoma). However, the offense did explode in a win against the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. The offense put together 15 hits to win 11-7. Scogin and Hallberg each had three hits to lead the team.
The pitching staff is holding up its end of the bargain too, as an ability to keep the game close and battle with runners in scoring position has helped the team tremendously. Nicholson recently commented, “It’s easy to pitch with nobody on and out of the wind-up, with nobody on, but the sign of a good pitcher and a good staff is the ability to pitch out of jams.”
Nicholson’s point about the pitching staff being able to battle was clearly noted on June 17 in a 2-1 win over the Bourne Braves. The game lasted 12 innings as the collection of Ryan Pond (NC State), Clayton Shunick (Georgia State), Brett Cecil (Maryland) and Brock Baber (Kentucky) combined to allow only one run, putting the team in position for a dramatic Josh Satin RBI single to score Shane Buscini (Georgia) and win the game in the bottom of the 12th.
The game of the week will occur on Monday, June 26 at Eldredge Park, when the Cardinals take on the first-place Chatham A’s in a rematch of last year’s Eastern Division playoff.
By Jonathan French, CCBL Intern email@example.com
Y-D’s Humble Hurler
SOUTH YARMOUTH, Mass. – Lexington native and Boston College junior right-handed hurler Kevin Boggan says of his time playing for the Y-D Red Sox: “I’m just happy to be here enjoying the moment.” These humble words are coming from the No. 43 pick overall in the 2006 MLB Draft.
Boggan followed the Cape League growing up but never had allegiance to any specific team, until now. “My family comes down to almost every game and everyone is really excited.”
There is a sense of familiarity for the pitcher who finished the season earning All-New England Second Team recognition for the BC Eagles after only the team’s first year in the ACC.
Boggan is lucky enough to have two other members from his college team recruited to Y-D – Terry Doyle and Matt Meyer, who signed his professional contract this week. The BC players add to the dynamic of a winning team. They took on another Eagle, Jared McGuire, in Tuesday’s makeup against the Hyannis Mets. Says Boggan, “McGuire’s a good kid. It’s fun to have a little competition going with him.” The Sox beat the Mets 5-0 in a shutout on Tuesday at McKeon Park in Hyannis.
Despite the win at Hyannis, Boggan’s Y-D Red Sox are in last place in the Eastern Division with a record of three wins and five losses thus far. Friday’s game against Harwich marked a two-game losing streak for the Sox.
The Sox took a 5-2 loss against the Mariners on Friday. Strong pitching for Harwich and several fielding errors for Y-D contributed to the loss. The first inning started off with a Devin Thomas (Brown) single to right center off Evan Crawford (Auburn). That hit would start the scoring for Harwich as Thomas would advance to home on a throwing error by Y-D catcher Zach Etheredge (Texas-San Antonio). However, Y-D answered back in the second with a Steve Strausbaugh (Western Carolina) homer to tie the game.
Strong pitching for both ball clubs kept the game tied until the eighth inning, when Harwich scored two runs. A home run by Adam Amar (Memphis) off Crawford drove in the run by Josh Donaldson (Auburn) making the score 3-1 in favor of Harwich. But Y-D would not go quietly. Harwich closer Josh Ellis (Wake Forest) walked Alden Carrithers (UC Santa Barbara), who scored on a Buster Posey (Florida State) single. But Harwich wouldn’t let up, scoring two more runs to end the game with the win. Y-D will tough it out and look forward to ending the losing streak on Sunday against the Chatham A’s at Veterans Field at 7 p.m.
By Courtney Reilly, CCBL Intern firstname.lastname@example.org
Around the Cape League Horn
Cape League Returns to Sandwich: For the fifth straight season, there will be a regular season game played at Fenton Field in Sandwich. The Bourne Braves host the Falmouth Commodores in the Cape League Returns to Sandwich, presented by The Community Bank, on Monday, June 26 at 7 p.m. The Community Bank’s Shafeena Rahmin will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. “We are really very excited by this great opportunity to bring some of the best family entertainment to Sandwich, to be a part of the premier college-level summer baseball league in the Nation,” said The Community Bank President Dave Curtis. “We’re also thrilled at our partnership with the Bourne Braves, our new host team this year. It’s great they’re willing to give up playing at their brand new field for a night to work with the kids in Sandwich and celebrate and host the Falmouth Commodores with us.”
Weather Postponements: Last Tuesday’s rescheduled game, Falmouth at Chatham, was postponed again, this time because of fog, and is rescheduled for Wednesday, June 28 at 7 p.m. The other originally postponed game, Cotuit at Bourne, will also be played on June 28 at 5 p.m. The weekend’s rains forced the washout of all five games scheduled for Saturday, out of which Orleans at Hyannis was also scheduled for June 28 at 5 p.m. The CCBL schedule at capecodbaseball.org will remain updated with postponements and rescheduling information.
Mid-Summer Meeting: The next CCBL Executive Committee meeting is scheduled for Saturday, July 8 at the Comfort Inn in Hyannis at 8:30 a.m.
Photo-Journalism: The Boston Globe’s Stan Grossfeld is planning to shoot a photo-essay on Cape League players working at their summer jobs.
Road To Recovery: Brewster Whitecaps pitcher Erik Davis, who was struck in the eye during a game vs. the Hyannis Mets last week, was released from Massachusetts General Hospital the next day and is recovering.
Sponsor Nights: Sullivan Tire Team Volunteer Awards were presented to Commodores GM Chuck Sturtevant in Falmouth and Mariners’ volunteer Bob Prew in Harwich … Keyspan Employee Appreciation Night, in combination with Habitat for Humanity Family Night, is scheduled for Tuesday night at Y-D’s Red Wilson Field in South Yarmouth.
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