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Cape League Season Openers Set for Friday

for immediate release: 9 June, 2003
      

 Cape League  Season Openers Set for Friday


CAPE COD, Mass. – 118th Season Begins Friday, June 13th

     The opening of the 118th season of the Cape Cod Baseball League begins Friday with a slate of five games – Bourne at Cotuit and Hyannis at Yarmouth-Dennis at 5 p.m. and Wareham at Falmouth, Brewster at Orleans and Chatham at Harwich at 7. The Y-D Red Sox have planned several activities for opening day against Mets, including the Yarmouth Police Department color guard, officer Stephen O’Brien from the Barnstable Police Department singing the national anthem and the first ball toss by 95-year-old work-renowned marathoner Johnny Kelly of Dennis. The Chatham at Harwich opening game will be the first of 12 regular season games televised on College Sports Television (CSTV) (see below)


SportsPix Named Official CCBL Photographer

     The Cape League is pleased to announce that SportsPix has been named official photography company of the CCBL. Specializing in sports action photography, SportsPix has covered high school, college and youth sports since 2000, with the goal of preserving the memory of a very special time in each athlete’s life. Using cutting edge digital technology, the SportsPix staff of professional photographers documents each covered game with stunning color action photos. With over 45,000 images, these photos may be viewed on www.SportsPix.biz at no charge, and the prints may be purchased on-line. SportsPix has covered CCBL action since the 2000 season and families, friends, coaches and fans can access photos from this season, as well as the 2000, 2001 and 2002 seasons, simply by logging onto the SportsPix web-site.
      "The Cape Cod Baseball League is the premier amateur baseball league in the country and a staple for summer vacationers on the Cape,” said SportsPix CEO Jan Volk. “SportsPix is proud to be the official photographer of the Cape League, documenting through pictures the play of these extraordinary athletes.”
     Sports Pix is also official photographer for both the Summer and Winter Bay State Games. The personable Volk is no stranger to top-level athletics, as he is a former legal council, business manager and GM of the Boston Celtics.


138 Cape League Players Selected in Major League Draft; 11 Taken in First Round

    A total of 138 former Cape League players were selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, including 11 of the first 37 picks in the first round and first round supplemental selections. Included among the Cape Leaguers in the first round were Cotuit Kettleers pitcher Kyle Sleeth (3rd overall) of Wake Forest by the Detroit Tigers; Chatham A’s pitcher Tim Stauffer (4th) of U. Richmond by the San Diego Padres; Wareham Gatemen shortstop Aaron Hill (13th) of LSU by the Toronto Blue Jays; Cotuit/Bourne outfielder Brian Anderson (15th) of U. Arizona by the Chicago White Sox; Wareham Gatemen outfielders David Murphy (17th) of Baylor and Matt Murton (32nd) of Georgia Tech by the Boston Red Sox; Bourne infielder Conor Jackson (19th) of U. California by the Arizona Diamondbacks; Falmouth pitcher David Aardsma (22nd) of Rice by the San Francisco Giants; Cotuit third baseman Bryan Snyder (26th) of Stetson by the Oakland A’s; Harwich Mariners catcher Mitch Maier (30th) of Toledo by the Kanasa City Royals; Cotuit infielder Omar Quintanilla (33rd) of Texas by Oakland.


CCBL Games Televised Nationally on CSTV

     College Sports Television (CSTV), the first 24-hour college sports network, will provide the first national television coverage of the Cape Cod Baseball League when it presents 13 Cape Cod Baseball League games, commencing Monday June 16. In addition to 12 regular season games, CSTV will join Fox SportsNet New England in televising the CCBL All-Star Game. Jack Edwards will provide the play-by-play for the CSTV regular season package. CSTV is available on DirecTV on channel 610. For information how to receive College Sports Television, log on to www.cstv.com. The Cape League games will be televised tape delay every Monday and Friday, along with one Thursday, at 8 p.m., from June 16 to August 1.


 

Cape League TV Game of the Week

  (All games broadcast at 8pm)

Broadcast Date Matchup Playing Date
     
Monday, June 16 Chatham at Harwich June 13
Friday, June 20 Wareham at Harwich June 15
Monday, June 23 Bourne at Harwich June 18
Friday, June 27 Y-D at Chatham June 20
Monday, June 30 Harwich at Chatham June 22
Friday, July 4 Hyannis at Chatham June 23
Monday, July 7 Brewster at Orleans June 27
Thursday, July 10 Hyannis at Orleans June 29
Monday, July 14 Cotuit at Harwich July 1
Friday, July 18 Harwich at Brewster July 4
Monday, July 21 Chatham at Brewster July 6
Friday, July 25 Bourne at Brewster July 7
Friday, Aug 1 All Star Game Falmouth July 26

 

Ten Game Monday Package on WCIB, 101.9 FM Begins June 16

     The Cape Cod Baseball League’s radio game of the week package begins next Monday June 16, with Cotuit at Wareham. The Cape League will air a 10-game broadcast schedule live on WCIB, Cool 102 (101.9 FM), with eight consecutive regular season Monday night games at 7 p.m., the CCBL All-Star Game July 26 at 6 p.m. and the league championship game in August. Sports Director Larry Egan of Cool 102 and John Garner of the Cape League will bring the live action from the field. Most of these games can also be heard on www.capecodbasell.org. Any businesses interested in supporting the Cape League Game of the Week, contact Dana or Mark at 508-778-2888. WCIB, Cool 102 is a 50,000 watt, commercial station that covers Cape Cod and the South Shore to Boston and Providence.

 

Cape League Radio Game of the Week on WCIB, Cool 102

 
June 16 Cotuit at Wareham 7 pm
June 23 Hyannis at Chatham 7 pm
June 30 Hyannis at Falmouth 7 pm
July 7 Orleans at Chatham 7 pm
July 14 Brewster at Orleans 7 pm
July 21 Bourne at Falmouth 7 pm
July 26 CCBL All-Star Game at Falmouth 6 pm
July 28 YD at Orleans 6 pm
Aug. 4 Harwich at Orleans 7 pm
TBA CCBL League Championship TBA


Trivia Question:
     What player holds the Cape League record for most home runs in a season?  Answer below.


NCAA College World Series Begins Friday

     Several players headed to the Cape League will be delayed because their teams qualified for the NCAA Division I World Series, beginning Friday, June 13 in Omaha, Neb. Teams that have already qualified for the College World Series are Cal State Fullerton, LSU, Miami and Stanford. Texas (leads 1-0) and Florida State play tonight and tomorrow (if necessary) in one super regional, while Houston plays Rice (tied 1-1) tonight in the deciding game in another. The College World Series champion will be decided June 22 or 23.


Hall of Fame Inductees Announced at First Pitch Brunch

     The 2003 CCBL Hall of Fame class was announced by Bob Stead before a packed house at the league’s First Pitch Brunch, sponsored by The Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub, held at their location on Rt. 28 in West Yarmouth, Sunday. Each of the league’s 10 field managers gave a brief preview of his 2003 team. Pete Sheppard f WEEI Radio (850 am)’s “The Big Show” in Boston served as MC. The 11 Hall of Fame inductees include current major leaguers Sean Casey and Carlos Pena, former major league slugger Cory Snyder, hard-hitting infielder Ron Perry Jr., CCBL manager Jack McCarthy, hurlers Ed Baird, Joe Jabar and Noel Kinski, slugger Jim Perkins, former player/coach/administrator Pat Sorenti and Cape League President Judy Walden Scarafile. The CCBL Hall of Fame exhibit is featured at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, MA. 


CCBL’s Mass. License Plate Program Available on-line

    The Cape Cod Baseball League’s Special Edition Massachusetts automobile license plate program registration is available on-line by visiting www.capecodbaseball.org. 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 1500 individuals interested in obtaining a CCBL license plate in order to proceed with the approval process through the legislature.   Applications or further information is available by contacting Jim McGonigle at 508-385-6260 or e-mail vipjlm@usadatanet.net.


Who’s Hot and Who’s Not – Cape League Alumni

    AL –  Kevin Millar (Harwich ’92) homered three times and drove in eight runs – including a pinch-hit grand slam Saturday -- leading the Boston Red Sox to two wins at Pittsburgh this weekend, 11-10 and 9-1. Todd Walker (Brewster ’92) hit a two-run double on Sunday, while Jason Varitek (Hyannis .93) slugged a go-ahead solo HR in the ninth inning Saturday for the Red Sox. Bill Mueller (Bourne ’92) is second in the AL in batting (.355)…Frank Thomas (Orleans ’88) belted a two-run homer to lift the Chicago White Sox to a 10-3 win over the Dodgers Sunday…Adam Kennedy (Falmouth ’96) hit a run-scoring single to lift the California Angels to an 8-5 win over Florida Sunday.


    NL –  Southpaw flame-thrower Billy Wagner (Brewster ’92) hurled a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 19th save, pacing the Houston Astros to a 2-1 win over the Devil Rays. Wagner is third in the NL in saves…Rich Aurilia (Hyannis ’91) went 2-for-5 with a run-scoring double to lift the SF Giants to a 7-6 win over the Tigers…Mike Lowell (Chatham ’94) is third in the NL with 18 homers…Todd Helton (Orleans ’94) of the Colorado Rockies is 7th in the NL in batting avg. (.325) and tied for first in RBI (54)…Matt Morris (Hyannis ’93) is 7th in the NL in strikeouts (79).


Answer to trivia question:
     Cory Snyder of the Harwich Mariners, who hit a Cape League record 22 home runs in 1983. He enjoyed an 11-year major league career with Cleveland, Chicago, Toronto, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He will be inducted into the CCBL Hall of Fame on Nov. 8.


John Garner, Jr.
CCBL Director of
Public Relations & Broadcasting
(508) 790-0394
johnwgarner@earthlink.net