2016 Schedule Released; All-Star Game in Chatham

by Andrew

The Cape Cod Baseball League has officially released the 2016 schedule. The first five games of the season are on June 10, 2016 with first pitches in Brewster and Y-D at 5pm. There are no scheduled doubleheaders this season.

The All-Star Game will be in Chatham at Veteran's Field on July 23, 2016.

Playoffs start on August 8, 2016 and the eight-team format will be used again.

"On The Cape" short film + interview

by Andrew

The "On The Cape" short film has been in heavy circulation the past few days on Twitter and Facebook. CodBall had a chance to do a quick email interview today with Ben Fraternale, who created the video with his friend Jeff Friedlander.

Congrats on the video - it really came out great. How'd it come to be? How long were you planning it?

Thank you! My friend Jeff and I have been visiting the Cape since childhood.  When we discovered the Cape league, it became the highlight of every summer. Suddenly trips to the Cape meant calculating the math of how many games we could fit into a weekend. I started photographing the games when I was 15 years old and as Jeff and I grew older, we both gravitated toward careers in video production. This year, we felt we had the right equipment and right creative juice to really represent our Cape experience on film.

What was the filming process like?

We filmed for only three days, bounced all around the Cape, and each day we tackled a different region. We'd film for most or all of one game and then shoot over to the next. At night, we'd head to the beaches and docks for timelapses. Filming felt very similar to photographing games, trying to capture those key moments, so the whole filming experience was really nostalgic in itself.

Tell us about the voiceover. Was that always planned?

I knew from the outset that I wanted a voiceover which captured the nostalgia and essence of our experience. After I finished the editing process, I asked my girlfriend Laura Pavlo (who is a talented writer/author) to try and tackle the material as poetically as possible. I think she did an incredible job of baking the emotion and visuals into words. It only felt right that my grandfather, Ladd Fraternale, would then voice those words. With some editing to make it sound like a vintage radio broadcast, I think the voiceover compliments the video in an essential way.

At CodBall, we've had a bit of discussion about the best parks in the league. The top parks mentioned always seem to be Veterans Field in Chatham, Eldredge Park in Orleans, and Lowell Park in Cotuit. But, all of the parks continue to make improvements thanks to volunteers and donations. What are your favorite parks and places to sit when watching games?

Veterans Field and Eldredge are classics for sure, but I have a soft spot in my heart for Red Wilson Field. When I first started following the league, I latched onto the Y-D Red Sox and got to see some incredible players as a result. That park, though doesn't have every bell and whistle, just fosters unique memories for me, and we shot quite a bit of "On The Cape" there. 

Beyond the Cape League, what are your favorite spots on the Cape?

If I had a "home town" on the Cape, it would be Hyannis. From the record store to the ice cream shops, it screams childhood for me. With the field in such close proximity and the hall of fame in the heart of town, it's always my first stop. 

What's next for you guys?

We've had an incredible reaction to "On The Cape" from the league, players, and fans. Talking to league personnel and hearing such positive feedback made the film more instantly rewarding than we ever could have expected. I think it's important that, with such prestige and talent, the league is artfully filmed in some capacity beyond game streams and televised events. That being said, we'd love to do another Cape league project in some capacity, with the league's permission, for summers to come.

Harbor Hawks Walkoff; Anglers Nip Firebirds

by Dave B.

    HYANNIS 2 - COTUIT 1:  Florida State's Ben DeLuzio singled with two out in the bottom of the ninth to score Jacob Noll (Florida Gulf Coast) with the winning run in Hyannis' win over Cotuit.  Noll had singled to lead off the inning, moved to second on  a wild pitch, and to third on a groundout, before DeLuzio came through.

    Although he didn't get the "W," Nick Deeg (Central Michigan) turned in another outstanding effort for the Harbor Hawks.  Deeg pitched 8 innings and allowed the run while limiting the Kettleers to 5 hits and walking none.  Thomas Burrows (Alabama) took over for Deeg in the ninth and, after allowing two singles, retired Jackson Klein to end the Cotuit threat.  Burrows earned the win.  Deeg is 2-1 with a 0.40 ERA over 22 innings.  He is holding the opposition to  a .160 batting avg. and has a .64 WHIP. 

    Javon Shelby (Kentucky) hit his first homerun of the summer in the 2nd for Hyannis' first run.  Kort Peterson singled and eventually scored on a hit by Klein to produce Cotuit's only run.

    Jon Woodcock (Virginia Tech) turned in a strong effort on the mound for the Kettleers, working 5.2 innings and giving up one run on 5 hits.  Woodcock did not walk a batter and struck out 5.

    The win ended a 3 game losing skid for the Harbor Hawks who remain in first place in the West with a 9-6 record.  Cotuit has now lost 6 in a row, 10 of 11 overall, and sit in last place in the West at 4-11.

    CHATHAM 2 - ORLEANS 1:  Pinch-runner Parker Dunshee scored on  a wild pitch with 2 out in the 10th inning as the Anglers beat the Firebirds in their first meeting of the year.  Dunshee was running for his Wake Forest teammate, Will Craig, who walked to start the inning.  Dunshee moved up on a sacrifice by Zack Short (Sacred Heart) and a fly to center by Todd Czinege (Villanova) before Kit Scheetz uncorked the wild pitch.

    T.J. Zeuch (Pittsburgh) had been outstanding in his first 2 starts for Chatham and nothing changed last night as he tossed 6 shutout innings.  Nick Zammarelli's (Elon) 6th inning single was the only hit allowed by Zeuch, who walked 2 and fanned 5.  Zeuch has only given up one unearned run in 16.2 innings.

    Chatham was limited to just 4 hits in the game but broke through when Nate Mondou (Wake Forest) singled and Nick Sciortino (Boston College) walked to start the 3rd inning.  Mondou came around to score when Trenton Brooks (Nevada) grounder to short was thrown away.

    Orleans' Eric Lauer (Kent State) nearly matched Zeuch.  Lauer gave up just the unearned run while also being touched for one hit.  He walked 2 and struck out 6.   

    Kyle Lewis (Mercer) tripled off Anglers reliever Jim McDade to begin the home half of the 7th and, one out later, scored on a ground out by Jeremy Martinez (USC) to tie the game.

    Andre Scrubb (High Point) issued a 2-out walk in the 10th but struck out Zammarelli to end the game.  Scrubb earned his 4th save and has yet to allow a run in his 5 appearances.

    With the win, Chatham (9-5) moved to within one game of first-place Orleans (10-4.)       

Lions, Tigers and.... Baseball, Oh My!

by Dave B.

    On  a night when Falmouth's Jayhawks duo of Stephen Villines and Michael Tinsley may actually have felt they were back in Kansas, the Commodores beat host Wareham, 4-0.  

    Due to rain, lightning, and tornado warnings across all of southeast Massachusetts, the game didn't begin until 7:49, then the hardy few in attendance waited out a 1:01 rain delay, before someone figured out how to turn on the sprinklers at 11:04 and put everyone out of their misery.  (The league may want you to believe the sprinklers came on automatically, but you don't believe that, do you?  C'mon, these are smart college guys playing these games.  They can figure out how to turn on the sprinkler system!)

    As for the game....  Falmouth starter Alex Phillips (San Jacinto Coll.) earned the win by going 5 innings and giving up just 3 hits and a walk, while striking out 5.  Sean Gustin (Holy Cross) followed Phillips to the hill and walked one in his inning of work.  Andrew Frankenreider (Northern Illinois) came on in the 7th and allowed just a walk while striking out 2 in his 1.2 innings.

    After Wareham starter Zac Houston (Mississippi State) walked Heath Quinn (Samford) to start the second inning, Missouri's Shane Benes homered to give the Commodores all the scoring they would need.  Tristan Gray's (Rice) 4th inning sac fly scored Quinn and JB Woodman (Mississippi) scored on  a wild pitch in the 8th to round out the scoring.

    Frankenreider was on the mound with 2 out in the bottom of the 8th when the sprinklers came on and the 16 people who remained in the stands could finally go home.    

    NOTES:  Phillips now has a 0.67 ERA over 13.1 innings with 13 strikeouts and just 3 walks.  He is holding the opposition to a .159 batting average and has a .77 WHIP....  Frankenreider has appeared in 6 games and has given up just one hit while striking out 12 and issuing 3 walks over 9 innings.  He has not allowed a run and has a .040 OBA and .44 WHIP....  The Commodores are now 6-7 while the Gatemen drop to 6-8.  

Harwich, Y-D, Chatham Sweep

by Dave B.

    It was a good day for East Division teams yesterday as they took 8 of the 10 games played on a day full of doubleheaders. 

    HARWICH 5 - COTUIT 3:  Joe O'Donnell (North Carolina State) gave up just one hit in 5 shutout innings for Harwich, but the win went to his college rival, Spencer Trayner (North Carolina), who allowed 3 runs in his inning of work.  Luke Scherzer (Virginia Tech) recorded his 4th save in 4 appearances with a perfect 7th inning.  Only 2 of Harwich's runs were earned as the Kettleers made 4 errors for the second game in a row.

    HARWICH 6 - COTUIT 1:  With Harwich up 3-1 in the 6th, Michael Hernandez (Nova Southeastern) belted a 3-run homerun to put the game out of reach.  In his first game in a Harwich uniform since coming over from Orleans, Adam Pate (North Carolina) went 3-for-3 with 2 doubles, a walk, and scored 2 runs.  Cavan Biggio (Notre Dame) went 2-for-3 with a double, walk, and 2 RBI.  Hunter Williams (North Carolina) struck out 5 over 5 innings and allowed just the unearned run to pick up the win.

    CHATHAM 3 - HYANNIS 2:  Will Craig (Wake Forest), Aaron Barnett (Pepperdine) and Zack Short (Sacred Heart) drove in runs in the first inning and that would be all the scoring Chatham would need.  The Harbor Hawks out-hit Chatham 6-4, but the Anglers were able to turn 2 double plays.  Blake Tiberi (Louisville) lead Hyannis offensively, going 3-for-3 and Javon Shelby (Kentucky) added 2 hits and a RBI.

    CHATHAM 3 - HYANNIS 1:  Ty Damron (Texas Tech) worked 5 innings and gave up just 2 hits and one walk to earn his first win.  Zack Short lead off the 2nd inning with a homerun to tie the game and a Trenton Brooks (Nevada) single one out later gave the Anglers a lead they would not relinquish.  Cory Raley (Texas Tech) walked with the bases loaded in the 7th to add an insurance run.  After 5 successful attempts, Hyannis' Errol Robinson (Mississippi) was caught stealing for the first time this summer. 

    YARMOUTH-DENNIS 7 - FALMOUTH 6:  Connor Wong's (Houston) sac fly capped a 4-run 7th inning as Y-D came back to beat Falmouth.  The win snapped a 4-game losing streak.  Stephen Wrenn (Georgia) had 3 RBI.

    YARMOUTH-DENNIS 5 - FALMOUTH 1:  The Commodores opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, but it was all Red Sox after that.  Tommy Edman (Stanford) had 2 RBI and Dan Rizzie (Xavier) added an RBI and scored twice. Y-D starter Ricky Thomas (Fresno State) struck out 7 over 5.2 IP to earn his second win in as many starts.  It was the second doubleheader sweep of the season for Y-D with the Sox having swept Cotuit last week.

    BREWSTER 5 - WAREHAM 4:  Brewster broke a 1-1 tie, scoring 4 runs in the 4th inning in the opener.  Eli White (Clemson) capped the inning with a run-scoring double.  The other 3 Whitecaps runs came via passed balls (2) and a wild pitch.  Toby Handley (Stony Brook) had 2 hits, including a homerun, and scored twice for Brewster.  Trent Paddon (Oregon), Nick Highberger (Creighton) and Thomas Hackimer (St. Johns) came out of the Whitecaps bullpen to settle things down as the trio allowed just one unearned run over the last 3.2 innings. Nick Cieri (Maryland) drove in 2 runs for the Gatemen.  Zach Plesac (Ball State) allowed all 5 runs, giving up 5 hits and walking 3 in 2 innings.  Plesac is now 0-2 with an 11.88 ERA.  Brewster catcher Cassidy Brown (Loyola Marymount) threw out 3-of-4 attempted base stealers, including one on  a strike 'em out, throw 'em out to end the game.   

    WAREHAM 5 - BREWSTER 0:  Michigan's Evan Hill allowed just 3 hits and a walk over 6 innings to get the win in the second game.  Grant Dyer (UCLA), who was just activated on Sunday, struck out 2 while pitching a perfect 7th inning to get the save.  Andrew Knizner (North Carolina State) and Logan Sowers (Indiana) each had 2 RBI.  Brewster starter Anthony Arias (Fresno State) struggled, giving up 3 earned runs on just 2 hits, but he walked 6, and threw 4 wild pitches.  

    BOURNE 6 - ORLEANS 3:  Orleans started the scoring with a 2-run first inning, but Bourne ended the Firebirds 6-game winning streak in the opener.  Mike Garzillo (Lehigh) and Reid Humphreys (Mississippi State) were each 2-for-4 with a double.  Garzillo scored twice.  Speedy Jacob Robson (Mississippi State) also had 2 hits, including a 2-run triple.  Corey Julks (Louisville) scored twice for the Braves.

    ORLEANS 3 - BOURNE 0:  The Firebirds won the nightcap behind the pitching of Mitchell Jordan (Stetson) and Joe Ryan (CS-Northridge.)  Jordan started and lasted 5 innings, giving up 3 hits and walking one while striking out 7.  Ryan allowed just one batter to reach (by error) in his 2 innings.  The game remained scoreless into the 6th inning before Orleans broke through with Austin Miller's (Loyola Marymount) 2-run single being the big blow.            

Wrapping Up the Weekend; Notes

by Dave B.

    I was able to take in three games this weekend and was hoping for more, but Mother Nature had other plans and yesterday's doubleheaders were washed out.

    After beating Brewster, 1-0, on Thursday, it looked like there was a very good chance the Anglers would lose by that same score the next night when Cotuit's Jackson Klein (Stanford) homered in the  seventh inning for the first run of the game.  Chatham's offense looked inept against Kettleers starter Austin Sexton (Mississippi State.)  In the home half of the 7th, Sexton retired the first batter but then hit a  batter and gave up a single - only the  second hit he had allowed.  Cotuit went to the bullpen and three singles later, capped by  a 2-RBI hit by Will Craig (Wake Forest), Chatham had a 4-1 lead and went on to win by that score.  Jesse Adams (Boston College) started for Chatham and pitched well, giving up just 4 hits and 2 walks over 6 shutout innings.  Adams did not look overpowering, but spotted his fastball well.  

    The plan for Saturday was to take in the Cotuit at Brewster and Bourne at Chatham games.  Big mistake....  unless you are a fan of ugly baseball.  The 16-6 final, with Brewster coming out on top, tells you all you need to know about that one.  Cotuit starter Duncan Robinson (Dartmouth) gave up 6 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits and a walk, and lasted just 2.1 innings.  Things went from bad to worse when Nick Lewis took over and allowed 7 more runs (4 earned) to cross the plate in 1.2 innings.  Austin Solecitto (Rice) took over and allowed 3 more runs over the final 2 innings.

    Nick Senzel (Tennessee) and Robbie Tenerowicz (California) homered for Brewster.  Tenerowicz' shot cleared the scoreboard in leftfield.

    4 errors didn't help the Kettleers cause.

    The only potential bad news for Brewster on this day came in the third inning when starter Brandon Gold (Georgia Tech) made a pitch and immediately walked toward the dugout, tossing the ball to the catcher.  Gold was done for the day.  He did not seem right before that, having walked 4 batters in only 2.1 innings and leaving with a 2-0 count on just the twelfth hitter he faced.

    Brewster did all their damage over 6 innings.  The game was called after the top of the 7th.  I left after the 5th inning with the score 12-4 and the temperature having dropped 10 degrees since the game began.

    Time to head to the car, grab an extra jacket, and head over to Chatham where I would see a better game than the one I just left.  Or not.  The Anglers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second but the Braves scored the next 8 runs to walk away with the 8-2 win. 

    Chatham tried to match Cotuit's ugliness in this one to the tune of 4 errors, and 3 wild pitches.  Somehow, when a ball was hit through the legs of the third baseman, a fifth error was not charged.  4 of Bourne's runs were unearned.

    Nick Solak (Louisville) had 2 more hits in the game.  When Solak joined the Braves on Tuesday, they were 0-6-1.  Solak is batting .438 (7-for-16) and he has been a big part of Bourne's 4-game winning streak. 

    NOTES FROM AROUND THE LEAGUE....  Had I been smart and consulted with my Magic 8 Ball, I would have ended up at Whitehouse Field on Saturday where  Hyannis' Devin Smeltzer (Florida Gulf Coast) pitched a no-hitter in a 5-0 win over Harwich.  Cavan Biggio (Notre Dame) was the only Mariner to reach base, walking on a 3-2 pitch with two out in the 7th inning.  Smeltzer only needed 91 pitches to finish off his masterpiece....  Smeltzer's FGCU and Harbor Hawk teammate Jacob Noll is batting .480 (12-for25) and has 9 RBI in just 7 games....  I was disappointed to see that Cotuit released Stephen Alemais (Tulane.)  I enjoy watching good defensive play from the shortstop position and in the  games I've seen, Alemais has shown good range, the ability to charge the ball, and make strong accurate throws with a very quick release....  Bryant INF Cole Fabio was released by Harwich on Saturday and signed with Cotuit today....  OF Adam Pate (North Carolina) was also released by Harwich on Saturday and went just a few miles down the road when he signed with Orleans later that day....  In a bit of an oddity, Chatham had an all-Boston College battery on Friday with Nick Sciortino catching Jesse Adams and the Anglers followed that up with an all-Pepperdine duo the next night with A.J. Puckett on the mound and Aaron Barnett behind the plate....  Hyannis ranks first in team batting avg. (.268), team ERA (1.90), team fielding (.968) and stolen bases (28.)....  Orleans is 6-0 at Eldredge Park.  Brewster is 0-3 away from Stony Brook Field....  The new lights in Chatham are a huge improvement over the 1970's lighting that had been in place at Veterans Field.  Still seems strange not to see the fire station beyond the rightfield hill though....  4 of Wareham's 6 losses have been by one run....  Orleans has hit 10 homeruns.  Brewster, Cotuit and Wareham are next closest with 4 each....  The Orleans pitching staff has held opponents to a .171 avg....  Hard to believe we're a quarter of the way into the season already.      




Anglers Extend Whitecaps Slump

by Dave B.

    Todd Czinege's (Villanova) homerun in the first inning held up as the only run of the game as Chatham ended their 3-game slide while extending Brewster's losing streak to 6 games.

    T.J. Zeuch (Pittsburgh) started for Chatham and worked 5 solid innings, allowing 5 hits and issuing just one walk, while striking out 6.  Zeuch is now 2-0 and has not allowed an earned run over 10.2 innings.  

    Brandon Miller (Millersville) entered in the sixth and gave up just one hit over the next 3 innings.  Miller, recently signed to a permanent contract, fanned 5.  In the ninth, Andre Scrubb (High Point) worked around a two-out single by Brandon Gold (Georgia Tech), striking out the side to earn his second save.

    Brewster out-hit Chatham, 7-4, and had 9 batters reach, but the Whitecaps stranded 7 baserunners and Anglers catcher Nick Sciortino (Boston College) threw out two others attempting to steal.

    The Whitecaps threatened immediately when Colin Lyman (Louisville) lead off the game with a double and moved to third with one out.  Zeuch got Jack Meggs to ground out and struck out Nick Senzel to end the inning.  Brewster threatened again in the next inning when JC Escarra (Florida International) and Gold singled before an out was recorded.  A two-out walk loaded the bases but Lyman grounded out.  The Whitecaps left two more on in the fifth. 

    NOTES:  Czinege was released by Harwich on June 14 before being signed by Chatham....  Sciortino has thrown out 4 of 7 runners attempting to steal....  In a meeting of teams with matching 3-6 records, Yarmouth-Dennis travels to Stony Brook Field to take on Brewster at 5:00 this evening.  Chatham will host Cotuit at 7:00. 


Firebirds Top Red Sox Again

by Dave B.

    After beating Yarmouth-Dennis for the fourth time this season, Orleans has now won four in a row overall and is tied with Hyannis at 7-2 for the league's best record.  The Firebirds entered the ninth inning with a 6-2 lead but the Red Sox pushed across 3 runs and had a runner on third when Jason Harper (Southern Connecticut State) induced Ryan Noda to ground out and end the game. 

    Bryson Brigman (San Diego) had 3 hits and a RBI, Kyle Lewis (Mercer) contributed 2 hits and scored twice, and Bobby Dalbec (Arizona) scored twice to lead the Orleans offense. Relievers Parker Bean (Liberty), Sean Watkins (Loyola Marymount) and Joe Ryan (Cal. St. Northridge) each pitched a shutout inning to keep Y-D off the board from the sixth through the eighth inning.

    Y-D had plenty of opportunities.  The Red Sox garnered 8 hits, walked 4 times, and the Orleans defense contributed 4 errors, but the Red Sox left 10 runners on base.  With 3 more hits last night, Donnie Walton remains hot for the Red Sox, and is batting .323. 

    Orleans has now outscored Y-D, 28-4, in their 4 matchups.

    Harwich continues to feast on their neighbors from Chatham.  The Mariners shutout the Anglers, 4-0, and have now won 12 of their last 14 meetings going back to 2013 - an impressive accomplishment considering the roster turnover from year-to-year.  Overall, the Mariners have won 3 in a row.  

    Geoff Bramblett (Alabama) went 6.1 innings to earn his second win.  Bramblett allowed just 2 hits and walked 2 while striking out 6.  He now has a 0.73 ERA over 12.1 innings.      

    Connor Justus (Georgia Tech) had 2 hits, scored a run, and had a RBI.  Cavan Biggio (Notre Dame) also had 2 hits and added a RBI.  Biggio is batting .360. 

    For Chatham, losers of 3 in a row, starter Daniel Castano (Baylor) allowed 6 hits, 4 walks, and all 4 runs in 5 innings of work.  Gabe Friese (Kennesaw State) came out of the bullpen to settle things down and tossed 4 perfect innings, but the Anglers couldn't muster any offense.  Luke Persico (UCLA) had 2 of Chatham's 3 hits.  

    Harwich was successful on all 3 stolen base attempts while Chatham had 2 runners thrown out attempting to steal.

    After going winless in their first 7 games, Bourne has now won 2 in a row.  The Braves beat Falmouth, 4-3, when Mike Garzillo (Lehigh) lead off the bottom of the ninth with a single.  Garzillo advanced to second on a sacrifice and moved to third on a wild pitch before racing home on a passed ball for the walkoff (slideoff??) win.  

    Falmouth held 2-0 and 3-1 leads in the game before Bourne scored 2 in the sixth to tie the game.  In addition to scoring the winning run, Garzillo had 2 hits, a walk, and a RBI.  Charles Galiano (Fordham) also had 2 hits, scored a run and drove in a run for the Braves.  Bryan Baker (North Florida) pitched the eighth and ninth and got the win.

    For the Commodores, Boomer White (Texas A&M) had 2 RBI and Logan Ice had 2 hits.

    Cotuit kept Brewster reeling, beating the Whitecaps 4-3 at Lowell Park.  After Brewster jumped out to a 2-0 lead, Cotuit tied it in the bottom of the third and took a 3-2 lead in the fifth.  Nick Senzel (Tennessee) doubled to lead off the eighth for the Whitecaps and came home on a hit by Louisville's Will Smith to tie the game.  The Kettleers came right back in the home-half of the inning when Keenan Innis (Georgia Tech) walked, was sacrificed to second by Stephen Alemais (Tulane) and scored what would prove to be the winning run on a single to center by Jackson Klein (Stanford.)

    Jon Woodcock earned his second win in as many appearances, giving up just one run on 2 hits over the final 4 innings.

    Senzel (2 hits, 2 runs, 2 stolen bases) and Smith (2 hits, 2 RBI) paced the Whitecaps offense.

    Wareham thumped Hyannis, 7-0, behind the pitching of starter Bailey Clark (Duke) who went 5 innings and gave up 2 hits, Daulton Jefferies (California) who gave up just one hit over 3 innings, and Shea Spitzbarth (Molloy Coll.)  

    Andrew Knizner (North Carolina State) had two doubles and 2 RBI for the Gatemen.  Hyannis made as many errors as they had hits in the game, and only one of Wareham's runs was earned as the Harbor Hawks 4 errors greatly helped Wareham's cause.

    Hyannis starter Nick Deeg (Central Michigan) pitched better than the final score would indicate, allowing 5 hits, no walks, and striking out 7 in 6 innings.  Deeg was charged with 5 unearned runs.           



Braves Win First; Harbor Hawks Soar

by Dave B.

    After starting the season 0-6-1, the Bourne Braves broke into the "W" column with a 4-2 win over Brewster.  Andrew Ravel (Kent St.) had another strong start, working 4.2 innings while giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits, and did not walk a batter.  Ravel struck out 6 Whitecaps and lowered his ERA to 0.93.  Nick Jensen-Clagg, entered in relief of his college teammate and picked up the win by tossing 4.1 innings of perfect relief, striking out 8 of those 13 batters.    

    After Bourne put runners on base in the 8th via an error and hit-batter, Vince Fernandez' (Cal-Riverside) 2-RBI single broke a 2-2 tie.  Nick Solak (Louisville), playing in his first game for the Braves, had a run-scoring single and double.

    Toby Handley (Stony Brook) had two hits for Brewster and is batting .462.

    In a game that was played in a crisp 2:05, Falmouth nipped Wareham, 1-0.  The loss was the fourth straight for the Gatemen.  Alex Phillips (San Jacinto Coll.) started for Falmouth and gave up just 2 hits and one walk in 5 innings.  Sean Gustin (Holy Cross) earned the win, allowing just one walk in 2 innings and Wyatt Short (Mississippi) picked up the save in his first appearance for the Commodores, striking out 3 over the last 2 innings.

    The Commodores only had two hits in the game but the timing was right as they both came in the 7th inning when JB Woodman (Mississippi) doubled to lead off the inning and Heath Quinn (Samford) followed with a single to provide all the offense the Commodores would need.

    Wareham starter Zac Houston (Mississippi State) pitched very well in defeat, facing just one batter over the minimum (walk) in 5 innings.  Houston struck out 9.

    Orleans beat Yarmouth-Dennis for the third time in the young season, this time by a score of 5-1.  The Firebirds have outscored the Red Sox 24-4 in their meetings.  In a scheduling quirk, these teams meet again tonight at Red Wilson Field.  

    Bryson Brigman (San Diego) homered and Bobby Dalbec (Arizona) hit his league-leading fourth homerun, a two-run shot, to pace the Orleans offense.  

    Y-D out-hit Orleans, 8-5, but couldn't get a key hit and ended up leaving 14 runners on base.  Brandon Bailey (Gonzaga) gave up 5 runs in 5.1 innings of work.

    Cavan Biggio's (Notre Dame) RBI-triple tied the game in the 7th inning and Sheldon Neuse (Oklahoma) followed with a single to score Biggio with what would prove to be the winning run as Harwich tripped Chatham, 4-3.  Four Harwich relievers combined to shutout the Anglers over the final 4 innings.  An infield hit and two walks loaded the bases for Chatham in the 9th but Luke Scherzer (Virginia Tech) struck out Aaron Knapp to end the threat. 

    Harwich swept the 6-game season series with Chatham last year and has now taken 11 of the last 13 meetings between the teams, going back to 2013.

    Hyannis has won 5 in a row and pushed their league-best record to 7-1 with last night's 7-3  win over Cotuit.  Jacob Noll (Florida Gulf Coast) had 3 RBI in the game and has 8 RBI in the last 3 games after driving in 5 in the Harbor Hawks doubleheader sweep of Brewster on Sunday.  JaVon Shelby (Kentucky) had 2 hits, scored twice, and added an RBI for Hyannis.  Michael King (Boston College) earned the win, working 5 shutout innings and allowing just 2 hits and one walk while striking out 5.

    Kettleers starter Matthew Milburn (Wofford) took the loss despite giving up just 2 unearned runs on 5 hits without walking a batter over 6 innings.

Eighth Annual Gentlemen's Smoker in Support of the CCBL

by Andrew

The Chatham Bars Inn's annual benefit for the CCBL will be Thursday, June 4 at their Beach House. Former Major Leaguers Lou Merloni (Bourne '91, Cotuit '92) and Randy Flores (Chatham '95) will be the guest speakers. Call the Chatham Bars Inn at 508-945-0096 for tickets ($198/person).

"Keep Lowell Park Green" Needs $400,000

by Andrew

On February 26, Barnstable Town Council appropriated $525,000 toward the Barnstable Land Trust's (BLT) $1.9 million purchase of land surrounding Lowell Park. Read more on The Barnstable Patriot.

Now, BLT needs to raise $400,000 by September. You can help visiting the campaign page and clicking the Donate Now button.  BLT's plans include brushing out the sides of Lowell Avenue to make more room for cars.