Topics: Cape Cod Baseball League

Recapping The Cape League's Return To Play

By: Brad Joyal

They came. They got vaccinated. They played. This summer the Cape Cod Baseball League faced a challenge it hadn’t seen since World War II: It had to come back and play a season following a summer without baseball. The Cape’s year-round residents and summer tourists packed the ballparks and the CCBL set new attendance records all summer long, beginning in June when the league’s five opening day crowds drew 1...

HARWICH –There was one out in the ninth inning and the bases were loaded when the call was made. It was Game 2 of the Cape League’s East Division championship series, and Harwich closer Owen Coady was in the midst of battling Brewster’s No. 3 hitter, Zachary Neto, who fouled off the fourth and fifth pitches of his at-bat after the Mariners’ reliever from the University of Pennsylvania threw him a ball, followe...

HARWICH – The speculative whispers seemed to follow the Harwich Mariners wherever they played during the last week of the season. The folks hanging around the Cape League ballparks began wondering who might be named the league’s Most Valuable Player, and Harwich third baseman Brock Wilken’s name was among the few that seemed to enter every conversation. In the end, Wilken took home the prestigious hardware ...

HARWICH – Trey Dombroski arrived on Cape Cod at the beginning of the summer with a temporary contract and a crystal-clear objective. “My whole goal was to just get exposure and get my work in, pretty much,” said Dombroski, a left-handed pitcher for the Harwich Mariners. “I wanted to work on some stuff and just kind of meet new guys and see what works for them and what doesn’t.” Harwich pitching coach Steve ...

HARWICH PORT – The crunch of your tires rolling down a broken-seashell driveway is the first indicator that you are on the right path. If you are met with a tunnel of miniature American flags resting in the shadows of a never-ending row of hydrangea flowers, keep driving ahead, because that is another sign you are close. When you spot a half-dozen-or-so cars and a couple stray bicycles parked in front of the h...

ORLEANS – The surprise was put to the test early in the morning when Orleans Firebirds manager Kelly Nicholson sent his longtime friend and former player-turned-assistant coach Chris Beck a text message asking him if he was awake and available to chat. “I was like, ‘Yeah, yeah, I have kids, I’m awake,’” Beck recalled of the text exchange, which came right around 10 a.m. on June 28. “He thought it was 7 o’clock...

SOUTH YARMOUTH – It goes without saying that many Cape Cod Baseball League players are tremendous athletes. Even so, some are more athletic than others. Over the years, the Cape League has attracted some of the nation’s top collegiate ballplayers. Their talent isn’t limited to the diamond, though—former Oklahoma University star Kylar Murray played for the Harwich Mariners in 2017 and now plays quarterback for ...

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 ...

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...