Topics: Cape Cod Baseball League

EAST HARWICH – There are a few guarantees that Kelly Nicholson can bank on each summer when he returns to manage the Orleans Firebirds. The longtime Firebirds skipper knows that he’ll experience busy days at the ballpark and rewarding moments that come after his players improve their craft. Nicholson can also rely on his players to ask about Marcus Stroman, the electrifying righthanded pitcher who starred f...

EAST HARWICH – Ian Happ had done his research. He studied up and even read “The Last Great League,” a 2001 book written by Jim Collins that encapsulates the magic and lore of the Cape Cod Baseball League. “This was it,” Happ said. “This was the place. This is where all the greats went.” Despite a strong freshman season at the University of Cincinnati, Happ didn’t have any guarantees when he first drove over...

EAST HARWICH – Five former star players and a standout league executive were honored Sunday as the 2022 Cape Cod Baseball Hall of Fame’s induction class during a ceremony held at the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club. Former Cotuit Kettleers Patrick Biondi and Justin Smoak, Brewster legend Billy Wagner, former Orleans star Marcus Stroman and Harwich favorite Ian Happ joined Steven Wilson as the six member induct...

BREWSTER – Brewster Whitecaps manager Jamie Shevchik wasn’t in a rush to get out of town, one indication that he was pleased with the effort his players gave throughout the summer. Although Shevchik won’t be crossing the canal with another Cape League championship trophy, Brewster’s skipper said he was able to enjoy the summer he had with the Whitecaps, who repeated as East Division championships before fallin...

BREWSTER — Despite being one of the hottest teams in the Cape Cod Baseball League during the past couple weeks, the Brewster Whitecaps met their match when they faced the Bourne Braves in a rematch of last year’s CCBL championship series. Unlike last year, when the Whitecaps made quick work of the Braves to capture the organization’s third title, it was Bourne that dominated this year’s series with strong pitchi...

BREWSTER – The Brewster Whitecaps are experiencing a feeling the team hasn’t felt the past two postseasons. Their backs are up against the wall. After suffering a 3-0 loss to the Bourne Braves on Wednesday night in Game 1 of the best-of-three Cape Cod Baseball League championship series, the Whitecaps will need to win Game 2 on Tuesday to force a winner-takes-all matchup back at Bourne on Friday. “Their pit...

SOUTH YARMOUTH — The late New York Yankee and Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra said it best. “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” For a second consecutive summer, the Brewster Whitecaps and Bourne Braves are set to square off in the Cape Cod Baseball League championship. The defending champion Whitecaps made quick work of the Harwich Mariners and Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox to earn a shot at defending their title...

After earning a playoff berth by securing a third-place finish in the East Division on the final day of the regular season, the Orleans Firebirds were ousted from the playoffs following a 2-0 series sweep against the second-seeded Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. Orleans suffered a season-ending 8-4 loss to Y-D on Friday at Eldredge Park after the teams played the final inning of the first game of the series earlier i...

SOUTH YARMOUTH — The late New York Yankee and Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra said it best. “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” For a second consecutive summer, the Brewster Whitecaps and Bourne Braves are set to square off in the Cape Cod Baseball League championship. The defending champion Whitecaps made quick work of the Harwich Mariners and Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox to earn a shot at defending their title...

Grice’s Hard Work Shines Despite Inconsistent Summer

By: Brendan Samson

CHATHAM – Failure is a constant part of baseball. Players who are able to muster three hits out of every 10 at-bats are considered superstars, and because of this, baseball is a game for the mentally tough. Chatham Angler Caden Grice exhibits that toughness every day. Grice, a rising junior at Clemson University, had a brief stint with the Anglers in 2021, but is in his first full season with the team this ...

WAREHAM – Sixteen home runs in two minutes. That is how Chatham Anglers outfielder Lyle Miller-Green opened Saturday’s festivities at the Cape League’s first All-Star game since 2019, which saw the East top the West 4-1 at Wareham's Spillane Field. Those 16 bombs cemented Miller-Green’s spot in the Home Run Derby finals and pushed him past his first-round opponent Carson Jones, an outfielder for the Bourne Bra...

“Where the Stars of Tomorrow Shine Tonight.” That’s the Cape Cod Baseball League’s motto, a nod to the fact that many of the league’s alumni will one day appear in Major League Baseball. Almost 200 Cape League alumni recently took the first step in pursuing their big-league careers when they were selected by professional teams during the MLB Draft, held July 17 to 19 in Los Angeles. In all, 197 CCBL alum...

ARWICH – Mother Nature held off just long enough for the Harwich Mariners and Brewster Whitecaps to play without any weather interference on Monday. The Mariners, however, must have missed the memo because they did not hold off one bit, smashing three thunderous home runs, including a grand slam, in a 10-4 win over the rival Whitecaps. Not only did the victory give Harwich confidence heading into the final str...

For the first time since 2019, the Cape Cod Baseball League will hold an All-Star Game this weekend. Cape League fans from the Lower Cape will be plenty familiar with the East Division roster, as a combined 21 of the 28 players on the team hail from the Brewster Whitecaps, Chatham Anglers, Harwich Mariners and Orleans Firebirds. The defending champion Whitecaps and the Mariners each had six players named to...

Orleans Interns Are Primed For Baseball Careers

By: Brendan Samson

ORLEANS – Before every Orleans Firebirds home game, the team’s players show up hours early for batting practice and warm-ups. Although the rest of the field is usually empty before fans begin to roll in, there is another group of people who show up at the same time as the players — the Firebirds’ interns. And, just like the players, the interns get right to work. The Cape Cod Baseball League is universally ...

Athlete Of The Week: Roc Riggio

By: Brad Joyal

CHATHAM – Not every ballplayer experiences immediate success upon joining a Cape Cod Baseball League team. In fact, most players struggle mightily for the first couple weeks of the summer and many never really find their stride. After a slow start in which he collected just two hits in his first 37 at-bats, Chatham second baseman Roc Riggio has caught fire in recent weeks. The Simi Valley, Calif. native and...