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ORLEANS – The real work behind a home run chase happens hours before the first pitch. It happens outside of the batter’s box, away from the ballpark and long before any spectators arrive to the field. For Orleans sluggers Chase DeLauter and Tyler Locklear, two of the Cape League’s fiercest power hitters, the work begins in the weight room at Nauset Fit Co., where the duo meets Firebirds’ strength and condition...

Chatham manager Tom Holliday doesn’t mince his words. Ask the Anglers skipper about any aspect of the Cape Cod Baseball League and he’ll shoot you straight, often offering a colorful sound-byte that provides a glimpse at the manager’s unique outlook of baseball. Knowing Holliday is forthright, it makes the manager’s analysis of Chatham shortstop Josh Rivera all the more impressive. “He’s the real deal. He’s...

HARWICH –Pres Cavenaugh viewed this summer as an opportunity to return to form. After hitting .425 during his freshman season at the University of North Carolina Greensboro in 2020, the Charlotte native felt he regressed this spring when he hit .230 during his redshirt freshman campaign. That seems like a lifetime ago, however, especially considering how well Cavenaugh has fared in his debut season on Cape ...

COTUIT – Slowly, John DeGirolamo rubs a fresh baseball in the palms of his mud-stained hands. “This is Lena Blackburne’s rubbing mud,” he says. “It comes from a top-secret location on the shores of the Delaware River.” DeGirolamo points out that this particular mud — commonly used to rub new baseballs — was featured on Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs a number of years ago. He remembers the show’s host, Mike ...

CHATHAM – The Cape Cod Baseball League’s motto — “Where the Stars of Tomorrow Shine Tonight” — pays homage to the collegiate summer league’s longstanding track record of developing world-class Major League Baseball prospects. However, the league’s “Stars of Tomorrow” moniker isn’t limited to the players on the field. Each team attracts talented interns from around the nation who are eager to spend a summer on ...

It’s all starting to click for the Harwich Mariners. After playing .500 baseball for almost the entire first half of the season, the Cape Cod Baseball League’s 2019 runner-up is hitting its stride at the right time. The Mariners extended their unbeaten streak to seven consecutive games and took sole possession of second place in the East Division standings following a 2-2 tie against Yarmouth-Dennis on Monday....

CHATHAM – It’s not always easy for Cape Cod Baseball League teams to come together. With an ever-changing carousel of teammates coming and going as players are added and subtracted to and from rosters, each week can feel like a new round of the name game for players and coaches. For the players, the process of meeting and learning about their new teammates can be similar to arriving at college as a freshman. T...

HARWICH – Some players travel great lengths to play in the Cape Cod Baseball League, while others don’t have to go far from home to capture a taste of the nation’s most prestigious collegiate summer league. Billy Seidl became familiar with the league while growing up in Wellesley. And although he only attended games sparingly throughout his youth, he always hoped that he would one day take the mound in the Cap...

After a preseason workout at Eldredge Park, Orleans Firebirds manager Kelly Nicholson sat down and talked about the group of assistant coaches that would be joining him this summer. “We have Jay Banfield, our mental skills guy and team-building coach,” Nicholson said after rattling off a few notes about other members of his coaching staff. “He also played in the World Series of Poker. He’s really like the worl...

HARWICH – Brock Wilken knew the Cape Cod Baseball League attracted some of the nation’s top college baseball players. He just didn’t know how good the nation’s top college baseball players would be. “I knew the talent up here was good, but I didn’t really grasp how good it could be,” Wilken said after Monday’s 5-3 victory over the Wareham Gatemen, a game in which the 6-foot-4 slugger from Valrico, Fla., finish...

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...