for immediate release: 5 May, 2003
CCBL Pitching Aces Faring Well in College Ranks this Spring
CAPE COD, Mass. – Notre Dame’s Cape League Aces
Falmouth-bound Chris Niesel hurled a one-hit, 1-0 win in Notre Dame’s recent victory over Big East rival West Virginia, to improve his won-lost record to 7-1. He has compiled a 2.63 ERA and 77 K’s in 79.1 innings pitched. Fighting Irish teammate John Axford of the Hyannis Mets is 9-1 with a 2.53 ERA with 61 K’s in 64 IP. Notre Dame has compiled a 36-12 record.
Texas Battery Headed to Y-D
The Texas battery of pitcher Hustin Street and catcher Curtis Thigpen will head to the northeast this summer to play for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. Hustin, the son of former Longhorn QB James Street , who led Texas to the 1969 national championship, has compiled a 5-0 record with a 1.51 ERA and 47 K’s in 48 IP. Thigpen is batting .299 with 4 HR and 26 RBI for the 37-14 Longhorns.
Falmouth’s Lumsden is Perfect for Clemson
Leading the Clemson Tigers to a 31-13 record is left-handed pitcher Tyler Lumsden, who will perform for Falmouth this summer. He has recorded a perfect 7-0 record and a 3.05 ERA, while holding opponents to a .225 batting avg. He will be joined on the Commodores’ roster by Clemson teammates Collin Mahoney, Jeft Hahn and Kris Harvey.
Heritage Openings a Success for CCBL
The new and expanded Cape Cod Baseball League exhibit at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, Mass., was showcased to the media and invited guests last Thursday and opened its doors to the public on Sunday. CCBL president Judy Walden Scarafile, CCBL commissioner Bob Stead, Heritage executive director Glenn Pare and Heritage deputy director Sunnee Spencer were among those involved in the two ribbon-cutting ceremonies at the CCBL exhibit at Heritage’s American History Museum. CCBL Hall of Famers Arnold Mycock (2000 inductee), Ed Lyons (2001 inductee) and Dick Sullivan (2002 inductee) all attended the Thursday night VIP reception at Heritage.
Hall of Fame Inductees to be Announced at the 99 Restaurant
The 2003 CCBL Hall of Fame class will be announced by league commissioner Bob Stead at The First Pitch Brunch, to be held at The Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub on Rt. 28 in West Yarmouth, Sunday, June 8 beginning at 10 am. Each of the league’s 10 field managers will give a brief preview of his 2003 team. Pete Sheppard of WEEI Radio (850 am)’s “The Big Show” in Boston will serve as master of ceremonies.
CCBL’s Mass. License Plate Program
The Cape Cod Baseball League is establishing a Special Edition Massachusetts automobile license plate. The proposed CCBL License plate will honor the nation’s premier NCAA-sanctioned summer baseball league that can trace its roots back to 1885. The Massachusetts Legislature requires a commitment and partial payment from 3000 individuals interested in obtaining a CCBL license plate in order to proceed with the approval process through the legislature. For more information, visit www.capecodbaseball.org/plate. Applications or further information is available by contacting Jim McGonigle at 508-385-6260 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who’s Hot and Who’s Not – Cape League Alumni
AL – In a classic pitching duel between “Cy Young and Cy Old,” Barry Zito (Wareham ‘97-98) of the Oakland A’s out-dueled Roger Clemons by hurling a four-hit, 2-0 shut-out win over the New York Yankees. Zito is 5-2, while the 40-year-old Clemons is 4-2 and was denied from reaching his 298th career win… Carlos Pena (Harwich ’96, Wareham ’97) hit a tie-breaking two run homer to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 7-3 win over the Devil Rays. The Tigers (4-25) avoided the worst 29-game start in major league history, still held by Baltimore of the American Association, which opened 3-26 in 1882… Jeff Conine (Orleans ’86) homered, drove in two runs and scored twice to lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 6-1 victory over the Royals… Boston’s Nomar Garciaparra (Orleans ’93) ranks second in the AL in runs scored (26). Garciaparra, Kevin Millar (Harwich ’92) and Todd Walker (Brewster ’92) had two hits apiece to pace the Red Sox to a 9-1 win over the Twins, backing a five-hit, no-walk, 12-strikeout pitching performance by Pedro Martinez on Saturday. Bill Mueller (Bourne ’92) had two hits and a run scored in Boston’s 9-4 loss to Minnesota Sunday.
NL – Matt Morris (Hyannis ’93) pitched a six-hitter and struck out six batters to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-2 victory over the Expos on Sunday. The hard-throwing right-hander is now 3-2… Jeff Bagwell (Chatham ‘87-88) of the Houston Astros leads the NL with 10 home runs, while Mike Lowell (Chatham ’94) ranks sixth in homers (8). Todd Helton (Orleans ’94) of the Colorado Rockies leads the league in RBI (30) and runs scored (31)… Flame-throwing reliever Billy Wagner (Brewster ’92) registered his sixth save in seven chances in Houston’s 5-2 win over the Florida Marlins on Sunday. Craig Biggio (Yarmouth-Dennis ’86) collected three hits including a home run to lift the Astros to a 5-2 win over the Marlins Saturday… Mo Vaughn (Wareham ‘87-’88) was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the New York Mets. Vaughn, who is batting .190 with 3 HR and a team-leading 15 RBI, was sidelined with inflammation in his left knee.
John Garner, Jr.
CCBL Director of Public Relations & Broadcasting