Topics: Cape Cod Baseball League

ORLEANS – A slight smirk appeared on Kelly Nicholson’s face as the longtime Orleans manager discussed the future of Jonathan Cannon, a 6-foot-6 right-handed pitcher from the University of Georgia who on Sunday made what will likely be his last appearance for the Firebirds. “He’s welcome back if the draft doesn’t go well,” said Nicholson. “He’s more than welcome back, but we’ll just have to wait and see.” Ca...

Eric Zmuda was riding high in early 2020. It was for good reason, too. He had completed the 2019 summer — the first in which he served as Cape Cod Baseball League commissioner — and was gearing up for a second season he anticipated would run even more smoothly than his first. “Going into year two as a commissioner was pretty exciting,” Zmuda said. “Year one was a good success with all 10 organizations. I ha...

ORLEANS – The chairs started being placed on the hill overlooking Eldredge Park on Friday. Melanie Amerault and her son Ryan, year-round residents of Orleans, wanted to make sure their preferred spot was secure well before their beloved Orleans Firebirds returned to the field for their season opener against the Harwich Mariners two days later. “It fills up fast,” said the mother minutes after she and her son, ...

Cape League Opens ’21 Season This Weekend

By: Brad Joyal

The wait is down to the last couple days. For the first time since Aug. 9, 2019, when the Cotuit Kettleers defeated the Harwich Mariners 10-3 to capture the Cape Cod Baseball League title, the top collegiate summer baseball league in the nation will return this weekend after the 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19. There will be a full slate of opening day games on Sunday, with all 10 of the league’s team...

CHATHAM – Paul Galop wasn’t an apathetic person. When he got involved with something, he gave it his all. “He just jumped right into everything,” said Laurie Galop, Mr. Galop's wife and best friend of 43-and-a-half years. “If we went to the store, we didn’t go for a couple things, we’d come home with several bags of groceries. It wasn’t like you would buy one paper towel roll — you’d buy a half dozen. He did e...

The schedule is set, the overwhelming majority of COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted and the countdown to the start of the Cape Cod Baseball League season is underway. The excitement surrounding the league’s return to play has been boiling for more than a year, and it’s finally almost time to play ball once again. “We’re very excited and very anxious to get back and open up the season this year,” said H...

Imagine watching your children or grandchildren play a game of catch with a future big-league pitcher in your backyard, or serving a hamburger to baseball’s next great slugger during your family’s summer barbecue. Those are a few examples of the experiences host families have when they welcome Cape Cod Baseball League players into their homes during the summer months. America’s top collegiate summer basebal...

Eventually somebody clever will come up with a name for that week in March 2020. You know the one, that stretch between Sunday, March 8, and Saturday March 14 — the week COVID-19 took hold of our nation and the world. The week everything changed. Monomoy Regional High School athletic director Karen Guillemette and Nauset Regional High School athletic director John Mattson remember that week well. They were ...

Cape Cod Baseball League Cancels 2020 Season

By: Kat Szmit

For the first time since World War II, there will be no summer baseball in Chatham. In fact, there will be no baseball at any of the Cape’s ballparks until 2021 after the Cape Cod Baseball League officially canceled its 2020 season amid concerns regarding COVID-19. News of the cancellation was announced by the League on April 24 via a statement on their website that reads: “ The Cape Cod Baseball League Execut...

Cape League Inducts 2019 Hall Of Fame Class

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH – Paul Galop isn't a fan of the spotlight but when it came to being honored as one of eight inductees to the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame on Nov. 23, the former league commissioner took it in stride, joining the Class of 2019 in expressing gratitude for the league's highest honor. Galop joined a host of fellow inductees in the 2019 ceremony, held Saturday at the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club...

HARWICH/COTUIT – After a stellar playoff run that earned them the East Division championship, the Harwich Mariners bid a bittersweet farewell to Cape Cod last weekend after falling in the finals to Cotuit. It was a summer of tenacity for the 2019 Mariners, who, after a bumpy start, found themselves battling their way out of the bottom of the East Division, doing so just in time to make the playoffs, where they...

Cotuit Sweeps Harwich In Cape League Finals

By: Kat Szmit

The Harwich Mariners fell to the Cotuit Kettleers in two straight games in the Cape League Championships. After Cotuit won a 15-inning squeaker on Thursday, they beat Harwich 10-3 Friday afternoon to end the series and the season. The majority of Cotuit's hits were homers, which didn't set things up well for the visiting Mariners, who were only able to push two runs across in the fifth, the first w...

Two home runs, clutch hits, solid pitching, and a never-give-up attitude led the Harwich Mariners to a 5-1 victory against the Y-D Red Sox tonight (Aug. 7) earning them the East Division Championship and a spot in the Cape Cod Baseball League finals.  The Red Sox made their way onto the scoreboard first with a run in the third inning, but a fourth-inning homer from Cory Acton over the left field fence gave the...

HARWICH – For much of the 2019 Cape League season, the Harwich Mariners fought to climb out of what's known as the basement. Now, with wins against Chatham and the Y-D Red Sox, the Mariners are poised for a place in the championship. After clawing their way into playoff position with a commanding victory against Brewster in their last regular season game, the Mariners kicked off the playoffs with a 1-0 win aga...

ORLEANS/SOUTH YARMOUTH – The chairs have all been collected off the hills, the scoreboard switched off, and the dugouts swept clean. Another summer has come to an end for the Orleans Firebirds, who fell in the playoffs to the Y-D Red Sox. The Firebirds made a big rally in the bottom of the ninth inning on Aug. 2 but it wasn't enough to overtake the Sox, who went on to win the first game of the first round 7-6....

HARWICH/CHATHAM – It wasn't necessarily the way the Chatham Anglers wanted to end their 2019 season, but the game of baseball can be a fickle friend as the A's learned when they fell to Harwich in the first round of the playoffs. One run was all it took for the Mariners to defeat the Anglers on Aug. 2, thanks to a timely sacrifice fly hit by Chris Galland in the top of the sixth that brought home Hal Hughes. T...