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HARWICH – Sunday marked the 51 st  edition of the Falmouth Road Race, welcoming runners from across the globe to compete, raise money and enjoy the salty Cape Cod air along a 7-mile course. The race, which started in Woods Hole and ended in Falmouth Heights, attracted a whopping 9,246 participants, many of which ran for the 191 different charities that were represented. Two of those runners were Harwich reside...

Anglers Hire Jeremy Sheetinger As New Manager

By: Brad Joyal

CHATHAM – The Chatham Anglers found their new skipper.  The team announced Monday that it had hired Jeremy “Sheets” Sheetinger to manage the club for the 2024 season. Sheetinger, 42, has been the head coach at Georgia Gwinnett College since 2020, amassing a 170-36 record with a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national championship and two 50-win seasons during his tenure.  Prior to ...

ORLEANS – One of the most historic seasons in Orleans Firebirds history ended with the East Division champions finishing just short of reaching Cape League immortality. The Firebirds’ magical summer came to a close in heartbreaking fashion Sunday night, when the team’s bats went silent in a 5-2 loss to the Bourne Braves in Game 3 of the best-of-three Cape League championship series. ”They played better toni...

ORLEANS – Like thieves in the night, baseball fans flocked to Eldredge Park after hours to leave out blankets and chairs along the hillside overlooking the diamond. By the time first pitch rolled around, late arrivals were forced to carve out enough space to sit or stand anywhere they could fit. Eldredge Park has long been recognized as one of the crown jewels of the Cape League, though the championship run th...

ORLEANS – Shortly after Orleans held on for a 4-3 victory over Bourne in Game 2 of the Cape Cod Baseball League’s championship series Saturday night, the Firebirds were thrown a postgame curveball by the host Braves. Instead of hopping on the team’s chartered school bus to make the hour-or-so commute back to Orleans, the Firebirds players, coaches, interns and support staff were forced to stand around the Dora...

Athlete Of The Week: Joichiro Oyama

By: Brad Joyal

ORLEANS – It was hard for Orleans Firebirds second baseman Joichiro “Jo” Oyama to keep his emotions in check. Long after the final out had been recorded and Bourne’s championship celebration was well underway, tears continued to fill Oyama’s eyes as he said his goodbyes. Whether it was the parade of fans seeking autographs or photos or heartfelt encounters with Orleans teammates, coaches, and interns, Oyama wa...

45th Annual Brew Run Welcomes Over 900 Runners

By: Brendan Samson

BREWSTER – The 45 th  annual Brew Run was held on Saturday, and while the race itself is a long-standing town tradition, the Brew does not just stand for Brewster, it stands for the ice-cold suds that each runner receives upon completion. The 5.2-mile race had a whopping 906 runners participating, a 116 runner increase from last year, all of whom gathered at the Woodshed bar for a celebration of their accompli...

Cranberry Sprints Regatta Set For Saturday

By: Brad Joyal

HARWICH – Local rowers ranging from 12 to 84 years old will embark on Long Pond in Harwich early Saturday morning to take part in the Cranberry Sprints Regatta. The regatta will feature a 1,000-meter timed stake race with rowers competing in single, double and quadruple shells. The action is scheduled to take place from 6 until 9 a.m. Saturday, with an awards ceremony slotted for 9:15 a.m. Visit capeandi...

ORLEANS — One of the most historic seasons in Orleans Firebirds history ended with the East Division champions finishing just short of reaching Cape League immortality. The Firebirds’ magical summer came to a close in heartbreaking fashion Sunday night, when the team’s bats went silent in a 5-2 loss to the Bourne Braves in Game 3 of the best-of-three Cape League championship series. ”They played better toni...

BOURNE – Throughout the summer, Orleans Firebirds closer Sean Matson made pitching in the Cape Cod Baseball League look easy.  The flame-throwing righty from Harvard was named the Cape League’s Most Outstanding Relief Pitcher after a perfect regular season in which he didn’t surrender a run in 21 ⅔ innings of work.  On Saturday night, when the Firebirds needed Matson the most, the Chadds Ford, Pa. native ro...

ORLEANS – The Firebirds are flying back to the Cape League championship for the first time in a decade.  Orleans captured the East Division title Wednesday night with a 4-3 victory over Yarmouth-Dennis in front of a packed crowd of 4,633 at Eldredge Park. The win completed a 2-0 series sweep of the top-seeded Red Sox and clinched the second-seeded Firebirds’ first championship berth since 2013, when the team f...

SOUTH YARMOUTH – Longtime Orleans Firebirds manager Kelly Nicholson decided to insert Fenwick Trimble into the game at a crucial time. The outfielder from James Madison University didn’t let the skipper nor his teammates down. Trimble launched a go-ahead grand slam home run over the left field fence in the top of the eighth to complete a comeback and power Orleans to an 8-4 victory over Yarmouth-Dennis on Mond...