Lower Cape Baseball Players Compete At National Tournament

By: Brad Joyal

The Team Cape Cod Senior Babe Ruth team recently competed in the Senior Babe Ruth 16-18U World Series tournament in Mobile, Alabama. COURTESY PHOTO

A trio of baseball players from Nauset Regional High School and another who spends his summers in Chatham helped the Team Cape Cod Senior Babe Ruth baseball team win the New England championship and advance to the Senior Babe Ruth 16-18U World Series tournament in Mobile, Ala.

Recent Nauset graduates Kurt Thomas and Ethan Keeney, as well as rising senior Noah Clarke, were among the players to play for Team Cape Cod, which is comprised of players from throughout the Cape and Islands and even a few who live in the towns immediately across the bridges.

Team Cape Cod coach Dan Proto said the three Nauset players are among the group of players he doesn’t worry much about after having seen them rise through the ranks in the Dugout Dawgs baseball program alongside his own son, Casey.

“It’s funny because I have seen a lot of these kids grow up through the Dugout program, so I kind of know they know what they are doing,” Proto said. “All three of those guys have played Dugout and high-level baseball during their careers, so you don’t really have to go backwards and re-coach them how to do things your way. They come in ready.”

Proto noted the Nauset boys brought a winning culture after they experienced a playoff run with the Warriors’ baseball team this spring.

“They were great. The Nauset guys are always prepared,” he said. “Winning breeds winning, so if you can go off with your high school team and win a state championship — I’m all in, that’s great. I think that’s kind of missed sometimes because guys focus on their own programs, but we’ll wait.”

This year’s Team Cape Cod, which also included Jackson Reed, a summer resident of Chatham, finished with a 19-5 record. The team went 3-2 in the World Series with its tournament coming to an end following a 5-3 loss to a team from Charlston, Mo.

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