There's a sense of excitement in the air around Cape Cod and it all has to do with one thing: the return of the Cape Cod Baseball League. The summer season gets under way this week as teams prepare to celebrate opening day tomorrow (June 10). Here's a look at what to expect in the early days.
In Chatham, the Anglers will welcome back longtime head coach John Schiffner, the winningest manager in Cape League history, along with a full but still evolving roster of new and returning players.
Coming back to Cape Cod for another fun summer will be catcher Kyle Adams, shortstop Zack Short, and pitcher Jonathan Teaney.
According to the Cape League website (capecodbaseball.org), “Adams had a solid season behind the plate in 2015, posting a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage with 93 putouts and nine assists. Short ranked second on the team with 20 RBIs and 17 walks while playing in 41 game. Teaney, a sophomore, made 10 appearances out of the bullpen in 2015, managing 16 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings in his first season.”
In Harwich, the Mariners are looking to avenge their tough 2015 season and get back on the road to victory under the tutelage of head coach Steve Englert.
While their roster, like so many in the league at this time, is still changing, returnees reportedly include pitchers Hunter Williams, who made seven starts for the Mariners last summer, and Zach Schellinger, who, according to the website, “tossed 34 2/3 innings a season ago, compiling 34 strikeouts to go along with a 2-2 record and a 3.64 ERA. Schellinger led the team in appearances in 2015, making 16 in relief, spanning 33 innings. He struck out 30 and recorded a 3.55 ERA.”
Also slated to return is outfielder Brock Deatherage, who was in the top five on the 2015 team for hitting.
Both teams are at home Friday night, with Chatham hosting Falmouth at 7 p.m. at Veterans Field and Harwich hosting Cotuit at 6:30 p.m. at Whitehouse Field. The following night Harwich hosts Hyannis at 5:30 p.m., while Chatham travels to Bourne for a 6 p.m. start. Sunday finds the Anglers at home against Orleans, while the Mariners travel to Falmouth for a 5:30 start against the Commodores.