for immediate release: 5 June, 2006
Cape League Hosts U.S. Military All-Stars
In Weekend Games At Chatham & Cotuit
CAPE COD, Mass. – Thirty-three players from all 10 franchises will represent the Cape Cod Baseball League when they take on the U.S. Military All-Stars as part of their 2006 Red, White and Blue Tour of America.
Presented by Bank of America, the CCBL will host two exhibition games: Saturday, June 10 at Veterans Field in Chatham at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 11 at Lowell Park in Cotuit at 4 p.m.
In addition, the U.S. Military All-Stars will host a free children’s baseball clinic on Saturday, June 10 at Veterans Field in Chatham from 1-3 p.m. and again Sunday, June 11 at McKeon Park in Hyannis from 12-2 p.m. Both clinics are sponsored by Bank of America.
Chatham A’s field manager John Schiffner will coach the CCBL squad during the game at Veterans Field, while Cotuit Kettleers’ skipper Mike Roberts will manage the CCBL squad for the second game at Lowell Park.
The CCBL squad includes five local players from Cape Cod: 2005 Big East Player of the Year Jared McGuire (Boston College) of Harwich and the Hyannis Mets, the Wheaton duo of catcher Adam LaPlante of Harwich and Jake Yagjian of Brewster, who are both temp players for the Brewster Whitecaps and former Barnstable standouts Matt Costello (Iona) of the Cotuit Kettleers and Rich Tri (Central Conn.) of the Chatham A’s.
“We’ve had tremendous support from everyone in the Cape League to put together this team in a hurry,” said CCBL Deputy Commissioner Sol Yas. “Many thanks to John Wylde for running the CCBL Tryout in Wareham and the GM’s and field managers for their assistance.”
The U.S. Military All-Stars (18-2) return to action Tuesday (6/6) at Point Loma Nazarene University against the U.S. Marine Corps before beginning the Red, White and Blue Tour of America in Boston Friday night against the Yawkey Baseball League.
The All-Stars return to the Cape League for a two-game series over the weekend before continuing south to North Carolina for a five-game series against the Coastal Plain League.
The purpose of the Tour is to "Promote the Awareness of All Americans in Support of the Honorable Sacrifices our Armed Forces Make at the Tip of the Spear"
Three players from the U.S. Military roster have been deployed for active duty in Iraq and will not accompany the team to Cape Cod.
Now in its 17th season, this historic U.S. Military program has had over 20,000 active duty and reserve personnel participate. Based in San Diego and recognized as the fastest growing, largest and only “Joint” armed forces baseball organization in the world, they feature players from all branches of the military.
Since 1990, there have been over 30 military teams formed in all service, and the U.S. Military All-Stars serve as the organizational model worldwide. In 2005, as in previous years when our country is at war, over 90 percent of the players have served one or more tours in Iraq or Afghanistan. For this reason, U.S. Military players and staff personally cover their own expenses.
To support their efforts here in the U.S., the Military All-Stars execute an extensive travel schedule of mare than 150 public appearances in support of charities that help our veterans. Their team has compiled a 520-194 overall record of .728 against professional, semi-pro, and collegiate teams.
In 2006, the Military All-Stars compete against some of the finest pro and NCAA-sanctioned summer collegiate organizations in the nation during its 46-game “Red, White and Blue Tour of America” including the CCBL, Golden, Southwest Pacific, Semiprofessional, New England Collegiate, California Collegiate, Coastal Plain, Atlantic, Central Plain, Western, and Semiprofessional Baseball Leagues and the Horizon Summer Series.
“Thanks to the entire Cape Cod community for helping make this a very special weekend for our U.S. Combined Military All-Star team,” said USN Lt. Commander Terry Allvord, General Manager. “The generosity of the Cape Cod Baseball League, Diamond Baseball and Barnstable Bat Company to help offset the expenses to our personnel, especially our lower ranking players, is greatly appreciated. I am deeply humbled by the true spirit of our personnel and Americans like the people in the Cape League who work within an organization with the willingness to work harder and the confidence to support our unique vision throughout the United States to help us accomplish our mission in 2006.”
The CCSOS and Boy Scout Dylan DeSilva will collect items for care packages to be sent to U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq during both games, which will include pre-game festivities that will honor the U.S. Armed Forces. View www.capecod4thetroops.com for a list of items needed.
The Cotuit Kettleers will donate gate proceeds from their game at Lowell Park. These funds will be donated to CCSOS and used to purchase "Quick Clot" bandages for U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Cape Cod Baseball League Preseason Team
Curran, Tom - LHP, Fordham (Temporary)
Recchia, Nick - LHP, Montclair State (Temporary)
Conway, Nick – RHP, U. Mass-Boston (Temporary)
Adam LaPlante – C, Wheaton (Temporary) – Harwich, Mass.
Yagjian, Jake – SS, Wheaton (Temporary) – Brewster, Mass.
Derba, Nick - C, Manhattan (Contract)
Rich Tri, OF, Central Connecticut (Temporary) – Centerville, MA
Josh Terletzky (RHP), Southern Conn. State (Temporary)
Angle, Matt - OF, Ohio State (Contract)
Costello, Matt - LHP, Iona (Temporary) – Centerville, MA
Delmonico, Tony - SS, Tennessee (Contract)
Kulbacki, Kellen - OF, James Madison (Contract)
Anetsberger, Ryan - 3B/SS, Illinois State (Contract)
Detwhiler, Ross - LHP, Missouri State (Contract)
Mancini, Bob - C, Franklin Pierce (Temporary)
Nuzzo, Matt - INF, Brown, (Temporary)
Schneider, Craig - LHP, Francis Marion (Temporary)
Arcadia, Ryan - RHP, Villanova (Temporary)
Asjes, Arshwin - RHP, Temple (Temporary)
McCloud, Jim - RHP, Holy Cross (Temporary)
Dinga, Milan - RHP/OF, Army (Contract)
Furbush, Charlie - LHP, St. Joseph's (Maine) (Contract)
Lee, Gary - RHP, South Carolina-Aiken (Temporary)
McGuire, Jared - OF/1B, Boston College (Temporary) – Harwich, Mass.
McGonigle, Mark - OF, Houston (Contract)
Cecil, Brett - LHP, Maryland (Contract)
Day, Larry, catcher, Connecticut (contract)
Hallberg, Mark - INF, Ilinois-Chicago (Contract)
Mahoney, Joe - 1B, Richmond, (Contract)
Satin, Josh - INF, Cal-Berkeley (Contract)
Shunick, Clayton - RHP, Georgia State (Temporary)
YARMOUTH-DENNIS RED SOX
Amar, Adam - 1B, Memphis, (Temporary)
Bowman, Nate - RHP, San Diego (Contract)
Petrie, Chris - OF, Univ. of Florida (Temporary)
Vigliotti, Max - OF, Stonehill (Temporary)
(Local Cape Cod players in bold face)
For more information on the U.S. Military All-Stars and a complete schedule please visit: www.usmilitaryallstars.us
John Garner, Jr.
Director of Public Relations & Broadcasting
(508) 790-0394 firstname.lastname@example.org