First off, apologies for the delay in posting this week’s column, I have been out of the country celebrating my sisters college graduation from St. Andrews University in Scotland. Between my time traveling around the ancient town of St. Andrews (the university itself is more than 600 years old – compared to mine which just turned 50, go UMBC!) and helping to pack up my sister (after four years you gather a lot of stuff) my mind kept wondering back to the Cape League and what was going on in college baseball and I got my first taste in awhile of how most Cape League fans follow the league, online and from a distance. I decided to take the opportunity to try something new and see how difficult it would be to watch a game and follow the league from afar and that is the focus of this week’s blog post.
There are a few main ways to follow the league, if your looking for a quick update on scores and standings the best place to go is the league website. Here you can see with a quick glance you can see who is playing, when, and where, as well as the league standings. This is the easiest way to follow along as you can see all the basic details about what’s going on and keep up to date with the specifics of the league. If you looking to follow a specific team you can visit the teams website (accessible from the league website) or their social media page, over the last week I have been very impressed with the Brewster Whitecaps page with some of the featured stories they have been running and their Mobile Mondays series, which follows the Caps while they are away from home and talks about the fields and teams they are traveling to face.
But the holy grail of following the league from afar is being able to sit down and watch a game from wherever you are. This I have found is also pretty easy to do. Each of the 10 teams broadcast heir games online and its fairly easy to access, visit the website of your favorite team to find the details on how your team broadcasts. I checked with the Hyannis Harbor Hawks and found the team broadcasts through Youtube, making it very easy to get online and watch a game. Of corse the biggest issues I ran into being oversees was not watching the games, but rather accessing them. Being oversees I had limited access to reliable internet and no data to use on my phone, meaning I was reliant on Wifi which made watching away from home or a coffee shop with public access internet difficult. The other issue I ran into was time change. Scotland is five hours ahead of the Cape which meant just as the games were starting (6:00pm for the Harbor Hawk games) it was already 11:00pm and the end of a long day for me and more than once I fell asleep part way through the game leaving me with no idea what happened and an incomplete scorecard. Despite that the internet and the advent of social media has made it easier than ever to follow along from afar, making it a truly fantastic time to be a Cape League fan and keep your eyes on Codball during the next week or so for a detailed guide on how to follow each team.
Week in Review
Despite being out of the country using the tips and tricks listed above I was able to follow along with another great week of Cape League action. Since my last post the Hyannis Harbor Hawks have scored not just their first win but their first three, and with the return of their players from the College World Series (I so wanted Michigan to pull it off) they look poised to add more wins to their record and possibly make a run at the playoffs in a struggling West Division.
This week also saw the Orleans Firebirds take over as the number one team in the league with a record of 10-4-2 (22 points), and the defending champions Wareham Gatemen keep control of the West with a 9-7-1 record (19 points) just one point above a surging Cotuit Kettleers team. The rest of the league standings are available on the league website, and as the College World Series is now over, and most of the temporary players have either left their teams or been signed onto full season contracts, and the cream of the crop players have made their way to the Cape the standings are poised to get closer and closer as we hit the meat of the season in July.
This week also saw the annual Cape League workout at Fenway Park, the League has published a great featurette on this fantastic annual tradition. While I was unable to be present this year, I can tell you from my past experiences that this is a great event and there is nothing like watching future MLB stars play around under the watchful eyes of the Red Sox staff and scouts from just about every team in an all but empty Fenway.
Codball Players of the Week
This weeks Codball Batter of the Week is Cotuit’s Nick Gonzalez (New Mexico St.). During the last seven days Gonzalez has a .524 batting average and 7 RBI’s over five games, contributing to this league leading 15 RBI’s.
The Codball Pitcher of the Week honors go to Orleans Firebirds pitcher Noah Skirrow, who went 5 innings in his only start this week with nine strikeouts as compared to three walks and the win.
The Week Ahead
Week four promises to bring more exciting Cape League action as we get to the heart of the season highlighted by the traditional rivalry matchups on July 4th. The Harbor Hawks travel to YD to take on the Red Sox at 5:00pm on the 4th, and the Anglers will face off against the Firebirds in Orleans in a midseason battle for the top of the east.
In conclusion things on the Cape are heating up, and the action only looks to get better from here now that the best college players in the country have reported for duty. A lot will be decided in the next few weeks and I hope you will keep coming back to our coverage here on Codball and follow along as the action picks up. If you have any stories we missed or something you’d like to share with us send an email to Harrison@codball.com or tweet at us @codball.
Until next week,