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HARWICH — It was only a matter of time before Brock Wilken mashed his first home run of the summer. The moment finally came Monday night, when the coveted big-league prospect from Wake Forest launched an 0-1 breaking ball over the left field fence like a missile traveling through the night. After a successful college season in which Wilken hit .272 with 23 home runs and 77 RBIs, the 6-foot-4 third baseman f...

ORLEANS – Summer family trips to Cape Cod are a staple for many Massachusetts families. Being able to enjoy the beach, some baseball or mini golf make it a great place for a vacation getaway. Three Orleans Firebirds pitchers are getting the chance to relive those Cape memories, but this time as a part of a Cape League team. Orleans’ pitching trio of Alex Amalfi, Sam Conte and Ben Shields, who hail from Ashland...

BREWSTER – After sweeping the playoffs with four consecutive wins, the Brewster Whitecaps were crowned the Cape League’s 2021 champions. While the team is hoping to defend its title this summer, the Whitecaps’ focus at the start of the season has been finding the right team culture. Just like most teams at this early stage of the season, the Whitecaps are still waiting for some of their best players to arrive....

Athlete Of The Week: Nick Goodwin

By: Brad Joyal

HARWICH – Nick Goodwin felt that he was due. In the end, he provided the Harwich Mariners with an early-season memory they’ll never forget. After striking out in his first three trips to the plate during the first game of Monday’s doubleheader against Hyannis, Goodwin lifted the Mariners to a 3-1 win after hitting a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning. “It felt good,” said Goodwin,...

HARWICH – The Cape Cod Tech boys basketball team recently picked up some new hardware. On June 1, the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials’ Board 152 honored the Crusaders as the organization’s Sportsmanship Award recipient for the 2021-22 season. The Falmouth girls team received the organization’s girls award. “Our officials from IAABO Board 152 vote for those Cape school that demonst...

ORLEANS – Folding chairs lining Eldredge Park’s grassy hillside hours before the first pitch was thrown marked the first sign of Cape League baseball’s return to Orleans. The Firebirds faithful that arrived early were rewarded, as the team jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead against the visiting Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the first inning of Sunday’s season opener. Although the Firebirds and Red Sox ultimately f...

CHATHAM – Cape Cod baseball is back, but the Chatham Anglers are still waiting for some key contributors to arrive. The short-handed Anglers only mustered four hits in Sunday’s season opener, a 5-0 loss to the Cotuit Kettleers at Veterans Field. While the showing was not exactly what the team wanted, manager Tom Holliday said the roster is expecting reinforcements in the coming weeks as the majority of team...

HARWICH – It didn’t matter how far the fourth-seeded Monomoy girls tennis team advanced in the Division 4 state tournament, the team had already cemented itself as one of — if not the best — team in program history. Monomoy coach Bill Burke first recognized he had a great team when the group started preseason practices, and the players continued to impress their coach all the way until the state quarterfinals,...

Olivia Horton and Caroline Keeffe-Jones developed big sailing aspirations a few years ago. After competing together on Nauset’s sailing team as freshmen and then experiencing success at the Yarmouth Regatta during the summer before their sophomore year, the duo felt it was only a matter of time before they’d take the Cape and Islands League by storm. They saw the upperclassmen compete at the league’s fleet ...

CHATHAM – Welcome to the history books, Monomoy girls golf. The program reached new heights June 7 when it captured runner-up honors at the MIAA state championship held at Eastward Ho! Country Club. Monomoy finished with a team score of 394, only four strokes higher than state champion Ursuline Academy’s 390. Wellesley and Duxbury tied for third with matching 408s, while Notre Dame Academy of Hingham (422) ...

Athlete Of The Week: Luke Keaschall

By: Brad Joyal

ORLEANS – If there was any doubt about whether Luke Keaschall would be able to continue the success he experienced last summer with Orleans, the versatile infielder from the University of San Francisco looked right at home in his return to the Firebirds’ lineup during Sunday’s season-opening 4-4 tie with Yarmouth-Dennis. After batting .321 last season, Keaschall began this summer with a 2 for 3 performance tha...

Clifford Tosses Gem, Helps Monomoy Baseball Advance

By: Brendan Samson

HARWICH — Andrew Clifford helped the Monomoy baseball team have one last celebration. Although the 28 th -seeded Sharks suffered a season-ending 9-6 loss to fifth-seeded Manchester Essex in Monday’s Division 4 Round of 32 matchup, Clifford helped the team earn a 7-0 victory over No. 37 Lynn Vocational-Tech in Sunday’s preliminary-round game at Whitehouse Field. While the offense was rolling early, the real ...