Looking Back: Reviewing The Lower Cape’s Sports For 2021

By: Brad Joyal

Topics: Sports

Among the best prospects on the Cape this summer was Harwich Mariners third baseman Brock Wilken from Wake Forest University. Wilken was named the CCBL’s Most Valuable Player after batting .302 with 26 RBIs and six home runs during the regular season. BRAD JOYAL PHOTO

Although 2021 provided unique, unprecedented and often challenging obstacles for many of the student-athletes, coaches and spectators across Lower Cape Cod, there were also celebratory moments of triumph and accomplishment that made this past year one that the local sports communities will cherish for decades to come.

After much of Cape Cod’s sports landscape endured shutdowns throughout 2020 because of COVID-19, 2021 saw the Cape’s high school sports return in a more traditional manner, and postseason tournaments were brought back under a new statewide format, providing student-athletes with the opportunity to compete for state championships — one of the many aspects of their high school sports experience that had vanished during the pandemic.

The Cape Cod Baseball League also returned after its 2020 season was canceled, and the record crowds the league saw throughout the summer served as a strong reminder that our communities’ traditions are strong enough to power through trying times.

With each event that returned — whether it was the Arey’s Pond Cat Gathering or Orleans’ Santa Stampede 5-kilometer race — so too did the unbridled sense of excitement, happiness and enjoyment that is synonymous with sports. This past year reminded us that our brightest days are in front of us and that the sense of teamwork and competition remains firmly intact.

Email Brad Joyal at brad@capecodchronicle.com. Twitter: @BradJoyal