Just 8 months from the start or the 2007 season, the Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratogian reports that former Saratoga Phillies pitchers Louie Bernardini (left) and Trevor Smith (below) have both accepted offers to play next summer on the Cape.
"I was extremely excited when I found out they wanted me," Bernardini told The Saratogian. He will reportedly play for the Hyannis Mets.
"It was a dream of mine since I was in Little League." said Smith, who will play for the Falmouth Commodores, of course the Greatest Team on the Cape. "It has been a lifetime goal of mine to someday get a chance to play in that league."
Bernardini is currently a junior at Wheaton College in Maine, and was 7-0 in seven starts for the New York Collegiate Baseball League champion Phillies last season with an ERA of 1.63. Bernardini also had five complete games and was named the NYCBL Pitcher of the Year.
Bernardini will also be one of the few NCAA Division III players who will be in the league.'
Smith, a Shenendehowa graduate and current Northeastern pitcher, was 3-0 in five starts for the Phillies last season with an ERA of 2.76. Smith was also a second-team NYCBL All-Star.
In a profound statement reminscent of the Late Great Cape Star Jamie D'Antona, Smith told the paper, "I am going to miss my family and friends. And Saratoga is a great place in the summer, but Cape Cod will be pretty sweet, too."