Summer Collegiate Baseball Update

26 Jun

Cape Cod Baseball League

Looking for their fourth CCBL championship in a row, the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox are off to a strong start through the first two weeks of the season.  Through 11 games on the Y-D Red Soxseason, Y-D has started off 7-3-1 and leads the East Division with 15 points.  They lead the league in run differential (+14) and are third in the league in ERA with a mark of 3.22.  Their offense is led is Carlos Cortes (South Carolina) who is near the top of the league in batting average with a mark of .400 while playing in every game so far this season.  The Red Sox best pitcher so far this season has been Kris Bubic (Stanford), who has a 2-0 record with 1.39 ERA and 13 strikeouts through his first two starts.  The Red Sox have a busy week ahead, including a doubleheader on June 29 against the Bourne Braves, who are currently in first-place in the West Division.

Many players have stood out through the first two weeks of the season, putting up impressive numbers.  Perhaps the most notable is Wareham pitcher Justin Montgomery (Cal Baptist), who has yet to surrender a run through 12 innings of work while compiling a 2-0 record with 14 strikeouts.  Hyannis pitcher Michael Brettell (Central Michigan) has been nearly just as good, with a 0.73 ERA with a 3-0 record through 12.1 innings pitched on the season so far.  At the plate, Hyannis’s Reece Hampton (UNC-Charlotte) leads the league with 21 hits and currently has a batting average near the top of the league at .420.  Marty Bechina (Michigan State) has been the league’s best power hitter while playing for Falmouth.  Through 13 games played, Bechina leads the league in home runs (4) and RBI (15) while batting at a clip of .304.Marty Bechina

While the Y-D-Bourne doubleheader is likely the biggest games of the week, fans can hear a game on the radio this coming Sunday night and soon after Fox College Sports will begin broadcasting.  On July 2 at 5:30, WEEI 96.3 FM on the Cape and Islands will hear the Chatham at Harwich match-up in Cape League Sunday Night Baseball.  Just two days later, Fox College Sports will begin their TV coverage of the CCBL, with the first broadcast taking place on July 4 at 7:00 when Chatman visits Orleans.  Fans will not have to wait much longer, as on July 5 at 5:00 they can watch the match-up between Harwich and Brewster.

Future’s Collegiate Baseball League

Through three weeks of play in the FCBL, teams are approaching the mid-way point of the season and are beginning to separate themselves in the standings.  Massachusetts squads continue to see great success, with teams at the top of both the West and East divisions.  The Wachusett Dirt Dawgs have climbed to the top of the West with 26 points and the Brockton Rox to the top of the East with 24 points.  In the West, the Pittsfield Suns (21 points) and the Worcester Bravehearts closely trail the Dirt Dawgs for first place.  Over in the East, the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks sit at 19 points while the North Shore Navigators continue to struggle with only 13 points on the season.

On June 25, Doyle Field in Leominster saw one of the most exciting games of the season, when the Dirt Dawgs defeated the Bravehearts 16-14 in one of the more exciting baseball IFgames one will ever see.  The game saw 30 total runs, 39 hits, 8 home runs and 8 stolen bases.  The Dirt Dawgs jumped out to an early 8-0 lead after 3 innings, but the Bravehearts battled back and took a 14-12 lead during the 7th inning.  The Dirt Dawgs scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th to capture the game and maintain their grasp on first place.  During the game, Bravehearts Joseph Caico (New Haven) hit his 7th home run of the season to maintain his grasp on the league lead in home runs.

On the season so far, Rox pitcher Zack Martin (Notre Dame) has been mowing down batters and has arguably the best pitcher in the league to this point in the season.  Martin leads the league in both ERA (0.89) and strikeouts (32) in five appearances and 20.1 innings pitched with a 3-0 record that is tied for the league lead.  Martin’s Rox will host the Nashua Silver Knights on June 27 at 6:35, in a battle of the two top teams in the East division.  The first-place Dirt Dawgs will have a busy week as well, which includes a visit to the Silver Knights on June 29.  The highly anticipated rematch between the Dirt Dawgs and Bravehearts will take place on July 4 at 1:05 in Worcester.

New England Collegiate Baseball League

As the NECBL season continues along, the Valley Blue Sox have established themselves as one of the top teams in the league.  Winners of nine of their last ten, the Blue Sox sit at 10-4 on the season at the top of the Northern Division.  The team has been very balanced so far this season and not dependent on the performances of individual players.  Andrew Rouse (Marist) is the only player near the top of any statistical categories for the Blue Sox, with a batting average of .375.  In the Northern Division, the other Bay State team in the North Adams SteepleCats has stumbled after a hot start and currently at 6-7, 3.5 games behind the Blue Sox.  In the Southern Division, everyone is looking up at the Ocean State Waves, who lead the division with a record of 10-1.  The New Bedford Bay Sox sit in second place in the division, with a 7-6 record and 4 games behind, while the Plymouth Pilgrims are 5 games behind with a record of 7-8.Blake Whitney

The NECBL will give out an award for the Player and Pitcher of the Week every Monday.  Bay State teams continue to dominant the weekly award, as one player from each Massachusetts team has won the award so far.  This past week it was Bay Sox shortshop Connor Joyce (North Carolina Central) and SteepleCats pitcher Blake Whitney (South Carolina Upstate) who earned the honors.  During the past week Joyce went 11-19 with six RBI, four runs scored, five doubles and one stolen base.  Whitney tossed a gem for North Adams back on June 20, when he threw seven innings of one-run ball while striking out 11 in a 4-1 win over Vermont.

The budding rivalry between the Pilgrims and Bay Sox will continue on June 27 when the Pilgrims head to New Bedford for a match-up between Southern division foes.  Later in the week, the Pilgrims will head to the Berkshires for a match-up with the SteepleCats, to take place on July 1 at 6:30.  On July 2, the Bay Sox will host the first-place Ocean State Waves with the goal of catching up with them in the standings after the Waves super fast start.  The first place Blue Sox have a busy week ahead of them that including trips to Newport, RI and Keene, NH as well as hosting a doubleheader on June 29.

For the first time in its league history, over 100 NECBL alumni where selected the 2017 MLB Draft.

Massachusetts Amateur Baseball Update

20 Jun

Cape Cod Baseball League

On June 12, 10 former CCBL players where drafted in the first round of the the 2017 MLB Entry Draft and just two days the new season kicked off with five games across the Cape.  Through one week of play, the Chatham Anglers lead the East Division while the Cotuit Keetleers lead the West Division, each team with a record of 4-1.  Looking for their fourth title in a row, the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox had started out the season strong at 3-1.  Over the course of the next six days, each league squad is scheduled to play seven games, and the standings are likely to shift greatly as the season chugs along.

Every week the CCBL will award one pitcher and one position player with the Coca Cola Pitcher/Player of the Week.  After Week #1, Pitcher of the Week was given to Connor Higgins (Arizona State) of the Brewster Whitecaps after he threw five innings of two-hit ball in a June 14 win against Orleans.  Player of the Game was given to Nick Patten Nick Patton Chatham 2017(Delaware) of Chatham who has been tearing it up so far for the Anglers, batting .538 with two home runs, five RBI’s and five runs scored.  Marty Bechina (Michigan State) has arguably had the most explosive bat to this point in the season, hitting .333 with three home runs, seven RBI’s and six runs scored while playing for Falmouth.  While many pitchers have yet to allow an earned run, Joey Matulovich (Cal) has thrown nine innings over two games so far for Wareham.

 

The game to watch this week will be Thursday night the 22nd at 5:00, when first-place Cotuit travels to play the three-time defending champion Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.  The June 25 matchup between Chatham and Hyannis will have a first-pitch time of 5:30 and can be heard on WEEI 96.3 FM in the Cape and Islands.

Future’s Collegiate Baseball League

After starting out the season on an absolute tear, the Pittsfield Suns have encountered a long losing streak and fallen back to 8-8 on the season, but have maintained their spot in first place in the West Division.  At 16 points they hold a two-point lead over the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs and Worcester Bravehearts, who each sit at 14 points on the season.  In the East Division, the Brockton Rox have won 8 of their last 10 games and surged ahead to first place with 18 points on the season.  The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks are right behind the Rox with 17 points so far this season, while the North Shore Navigators continue to struggle, with only five points on the season so far.

Teams from Massachusetts continue to see their players near the top of the league’s statistical categories, both in batting and pitching categories.  Kyle Simon (Palm Beach Kyle Simon RoxAtlantic) has been on a tear for the Rox, batting .500 with 19 RBI and 11 runs scored through his first 11 games of the season.  Teammate Chris Berry (North Florida) is right behind him, coming in at third in the league with an average of .405.  The best pitcher of season thus far has been has also been pitching for Brockton in Zach Martin (Notre Dame).  Martin has compiled a 3-0 record while coming into a game in relief three times for the Rox, having not allowed a run in 13 innings.  Billy Devito (Hartford) has been the next best pitcher in Massachusetts, with a 2-0 record and 0.50 ERA after 18 innings for the Bravehearts.  Joseph Caico of the Bravehearts (New Haven) lead the FCBL in home runs, with five on the season while knocking in 16 RBI’s as well.

On June 20 at 6:35, the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks will travel to Brockton to take on the Rox in a matchup that will determine first place in the East Division.  At the same time the Pittsfield Suns will host the Bristol Blues with the hopes of snapping their losing streak and maintaining a hold on first place in the West Division.  The Bravehearts and Rox will face off in a double-header on June 22 that could turn the standings depending on the results.  On June 25 at 4:30, the Bravehearts will face off against the Dirt Dawgs in a game important for positioning in the West Division.

New England Collegiate Baseball League

After a 4-1 start, the North Adams SteepleCats have suffered a four-game losing streak and fallen to 4th place in the Northern Division while their division counterparts in the Valley Blue Sox have won six in a row and taken second place in the in the Northern.  In the Southern Division, each of the Bay State’s team are sitting in second place with a winning percentage of .500, with the Plymouth Pilgrims at 5-5 and New Bedford Bay Sox at 4-4.  Overall, the four Massachusetts NECBL teams are at a combined record of above .500.

The four teams continue to see their players at the top of various statistical categories.  Andrew Rouse (Marist) is currently second in the league in batting average, hitting .444 Luke Bakulafor the Blue Sox.  Bay Sox player Luke Bakula (Kansas) is second in the NECBL with 14 hits to this point in the season, while teammate Corey Joyce (North Carolina Central) leads the league with 11 runs scored.  Chas Hadden (Belmont) has walked an incredible 14 times through nine games for the Blue Sox.  Jonathan Bermudez (St. Leo) of the Pilgrims has throw 12 innings without allowing an earned run, while Bay Sox pitchers William Chillari (Duke) and Jacob Lamb (Richmond) have also yet to allow an earned run this season.  SteepleCats pitcher Blake Whitney (South Carolina Upstate) is second in the league with 18 strikeouts on the season.

This week will consist of some big games as the Bay State’s teams will look to properly position themselves in the standings.  On June 20 the Pilgrims will travel to New Bedford to take on the Bay Sox to break the second place tie in the Southern Division.  The two teams will then face off again at Paul Walsh Field on June 22.  The Bay Sox won the first meeting 6-0.  The Blue Sox will host the Upper Valley Nighthawks on June 22 @ 6:35 while they sit right behind the Nighthawks in second place in the Northern Division.  The very next night, the Blue Sox will host the SteepleCats in a budding rivalry between the Western Massachusetts squads.

 

 

 

Lowell Spinners Open Season June 19

15 Jun

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On June 19, the Lowell Spinners will begin play in their 22nd season of existence, the 20th of which will be played at LeLacheur Park in Lowell.  The team will open the season on Monday the 19th against the Vermont Lake Monsters with a 6:35 first pitch.  The Spinners are coming off of a franchise-best 47 win season that ended in a Stedler Division Title and playoff appearance.  With many players from last season being promoted to a higher level of minor league ball, the fans will welcome a new crop of players hoping to make their impression on the Red Sox organization.

For the first time since moving to Lowell in 1996, the team saw a change in ownership occur last summer.  After nearly 20 years of running the team, Drew Weber sold the team Dave Hellerto new owner Dave Heller (Main Street Baseball Group), who assumed the responsibilities when last season began.  Heller owns four other minor league ball clubs across the country, according to the Lowell Sun, and has every intention of keeping the same promotions and fun family atmosphere at the games that Weber’s ownership oversaw for so many years.  Per an story in the Eagle Tribune, Heller plans to keep the team both in Lowell at LeLacheur Park and as a member of the Red Sox organization for years to come.

As a result of the new ownership group, the team also revealed a new logo and jerseys for the upcoming season.  The new branding for the team emphasizes the city of Lowell over the Spinners, hoping to show the connection with the city.  The team’s Canaligator mascot has also taken a big role on the logo and will be the same insignia on the team’s home hats.  The logo also shows the mills of the city of Lowell, which is a huge part of the history of the city.  According to Ballpark Digest, Heller said that he was excited to incorporate the city of Lowell into it’s logo and uniform to show how important the team is to the city and vice versa.Spinners Logo

After such a successful season last year, it is no surprise that many players were promoted to a higher level, as the Spinners participate in the New-York Penn League, a short single-A season.  After winning the NYPL batting title with a .332 average, Tyler Hill has been Tyler Hillpromoted to the Greenville Drive of the South Atlantic League. Teammate Bobby Dalbec also begin 2017 in Greenville after winning Player of the Month last August after Hill won the award in July.  Roldani Baldwin, Carlos Tovar, Jhon Nunez, Ryan Scott and Nick Lovullo are among other notable players who have moved on to a new club in the Red Sox organization.

Notable players returning to Lowell for this season include Victor Acosta, Matt McLean, Nick Sciortino, Yoan Aybar and Enmanuel De Jesus.  As is the case with every season, a slew of new players will be joining the Spinners.   The most well-known player joining is Jay GroomeJay Groome, who has not pitched since injuring himself in a Greenville Drive game in April.  Groome was considered a top prospect for the 2016 MLB Entry Draft out of Barnegat HS in New Jersey, and the Red Sox drafted him 12th overall and signed him to a $3.65 million contract.  He was recently rated as the 41st best prospect in all of baseball and will be one of the most exciting players that fans in the Greater Merrimack Valley will see all season.

During the 2017 season, the Spinners home schedule is full of fun promotional nights in order to try and draw fans to the ballpark.  For the home opener on Monday night, they will be giving away magnetic schedule’s to all fans, as well as their first installment of “Military Monday”, when all military members can enter the game for $1.  Military Monday will occur every Monday, while every Tuesday will be “Taco Tuesday” with Taco’s sold at the ballpark and Sunday’s are “Kids Day” as well as “Peanut Free Game” for those with a peanut allergy.  Nearly every home game will have a promotion, while five of the Rick Porcello Bobbleheadhome games will have fireworks following the conclusion.  During the season, the team will continue its series of bobblehead giveaways, this season with giveaways for Rick Porcello, Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi and Jackie Bradley.

The Spinners have seen and continue to see numerous players make their way to MLB and make major impacts once they get there.  Current Red Sox players Hanley Ramirez, Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr, Brian Johnson, Deven Marrero, Christian Vazquez, Robby Scott and Sam Travis all played games at LeLacheur Park when their careers were getting started.  Former Sox players Jacoby Ellsbury, Jonathan Papelbon, Kevin Youkilis, Travis Shaw and Clay Buchholz all got their start in the organization with the Spinners, while 2006 World Series MVP David Eckstein was a popular player for the Spinners back in 1997.  Nearly every season that the Spinners have played has seen a player who later goes to play in the major leagues.

 

SteepleCats top NECBL North Division after Week 1

12 Jun

SteepleCats Start Hot

Through six days of play in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, the teams from Massachusetts are making an early impression, most notably the team from North Adams. Coming off of a playoff appearance the SteepleCats have started the season strong and lead Robert Donnellythe Northern Division at 4-1, just ahead of the Vermont Mountaineers.  Robert Donnelly (SUNY-Oswego) has been dominant on the mound so far by not allowing a run through two games while beginning the season with a 2-0 record.  Brian Whitney (South Carolina Upstate) has also had a strong start for North Adams, striking out eight over six innings of work in a June 7 win over Sanford.  A balanced attack at the plate has been led by Dillon Paulson (Southern California), who is currently second in the league with a .545 batting average.  Liam Sabino (Pittsburgh) has only had three hits thus far but has made them count, compiling 6 RBI’s in his last two games played.  Tonight they host their Western Massachusetts rivals the Valley Blue Sox, who are off to a slow start this season at 1-3, their lone win on June 11 against Keene when Cooper Bradford (North Florida) threw six innings of one-run ball.

The Southern Division has seen both Massachusetts clubs, New Bedford Bay Sox and Plymouth Pilgrims, start their season’s with winning records.  The Bay Sox have been led by Luke Bakula (Kansas), who is near the top of the league with a .692 OBP and a .500 James Venutobatting average.  Off to a 2-1 start, the Bay Sox are tied with Danbury for second place in the Southern Division, behind the final undefeated team in the NECBL, the Ocean State Waves.  The Pilgrims are off to a 3-2 start, just slightly behind the Bay Sox in winning percentage and are led by slugger James Venuto (Elon), who leads the league with three home runs while driving in six runs as well.  Jonathan Bermudez (St. Leo College), threw six scoreless innings for the Pilgrims in a June 8 win over Newport.  New Bedford travels to Forges Field tonight to take on Plymouth.

Attendance Numbers

After leading the league in attendance last season, the Valley Blue Sox are off to another Blue Sox fansstrong start at third place in league attendance through one week after a 2,157 fans showed up on Opening Night.  North Adams has had 1,475 fans pass through their gates through their first three games.  Plymouth and New Bedford have seen slow starts at the gates but historic numbers show they will recover as the weather gets nicer.

Plymouth Pilgrims Welcome New Owner

In November, Wicked Local reported that Peter Plant had taken over as the new owner of the Plymouth Pilgrims after questions about the team’s future while the NECBL Plantssearched for a new owner.  Plant appointed his son Kevin, a former Pilgrims player, as the team’s new general manager, while manager Greg Zackrison will stay on with the team.  Also according to Wicked Local, on May 30, Peter attended the Plymouth selectmen’s meeting to update the board on his future plans for the team.  Plant has already donated five new picnic tables at Forges Field, and told the select board that he has future plans to renovate Forges Field.  Plant noted that he would like to add a two-story press box behind home plate as well as a permanent structure for storing equipment.  A new American flag is needed at Forges Field according to Plant, and Selectman Sheila Joyce offered to pay for a new one at the meeting attended by Plant.

Current Standings

Northern Division

1. North Adams SteepleCats: 4-1

2. Vermont Mountaineers: 3-1

3. Keene Swamp Bats: 2-3

4. Winnipesaukee Muskrats: 2-3

5. Sanford Mainers: 1-3

6. Valley Blue Sox: 1-3

Southern Division

1. Ocean State Waves: 3-0

2. New Bedford Bay Sox: 2-1

2. Danbury Westerners: 2-1

4. Plymouth Pilgrims: 3-2

5. Newport Gulls: 1-3

5. Mystic Schooners: 1-3

Games to Watch This Week

June 12: Valley @ North Adams, 6:30

June 12: New Bedford @ Plymouth, 6:30

June 13: Mystic @ New Bedford, 6:30

June 14: Winnipesaukee @ North Adams, 6:30

June 15: Newport @ New Bedford, 6:30

June 15: Sanford @ Valley, 6:35

June 16: Winnipesaukee @ Plymouth, 6:30

June 16: Mystic @ North Adams, 6:30

June 16: Ocean State @ Valley, 6:35

June 17: Valley @ New Bedford, 6:30

June 18: Newport @ Valley, 5:05

 

Pittsfield Suns Continue Hot Start in FCBL

12 Jun

Strong Start for Suns

Through two weeks in the Future’s Collegiate Baseball League, the Pittsfield Suns have continued their hot start by pushing their record to 8-1 and to the top of the West Division standings with 16 points thus far in the season.  The Suns have lots of players at the top of Wahconah Parkthe league’s stat leaders, especially those with local ties.  Pittsfield native Kevin Donati (SUNY-Albany) leads the league with 3 home runs while batting .429.  Outfielder Zack Smith (Salve Regina) leads the league in batting average at .500 and Scott Holzwasser (Northeastern) is tied for third in the league with 9 RBI’s.  The pitching staff might be even better, as Drew Marino (Polk State) has thrown 13 innings without allowed an earned run and striking out 13.  Cal Slepkow (Clark) is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two games started, while Austin Pope (Fairfield) is also 2-0 with a 1.58 ERA in his first two games pitched.

The Worcester Bravehearts (10 points) are in second place in the West to the Suns and led at the plate by Hopedale’s own Joseph Caico (University of New Haven) and Greg Kocinski (Marist).  In the East division, fans will find a couple of Massachusetts teams looking up at the Nashua Silver Knights (12 points).  The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks are just three points behind the Silver Knights despite a four-game losing streak and rely on the offense of Philip ClarkePhilip Clarke (Vanderbilt), who leads the league with 12 RBI in only 26 At-Bat’s.  The Brockton Rox, on the other hand, are on a three-game winning streak and trail the Silver Knights by four points and have been lead by the offense of Ryan Sullivan (SNHU) and Cam Cook (Nichols College).  The Wachusett Dirt Dawgs are currently in last place in the West Division, while the North Shore Navigators have yet to win a game in the East.

FCBL’s First Home Run Derby to Win It

On June 8, the league’s first ever Home Run Derby powered by Blast took to place to Zach Towerdecide a winner when the game was tied after ten innings.  It took place at Doyle Field in Leominster when the game between the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs and Martha’s Vineyard Sharks was deadlocked at 13-13.  The Dirt Dawgs won the derby 6-5, as Zack Tower (Franklin Pierce) provided all the pop, defeating the three Sharks players who took a crack at the league’s new tiebreaker system.

Strong Attendance Start

So far this league, the FCBL is off to a strong start when it comes to attendance, averaging 1,629 fans per league game, which is up almost 500 fans compared to last summer.  The Worcester Bravehearts lead the way, bringing 15,595 fans through the gates in their first Worcester-Bravehearts-1six games for an average of 2,599.  Despite a rough start, the North Shore Navigators are right behind the Bravehearts and average 2,268 fans per game to this point in the season.  The Brockton Rox average 2,143 fans per game, up 700 from last summer while the first-place Pittsfield Suns are averaging 1,738, about the same as last summer.  The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks are averaging approximately the same as last season and despite averaging the fewest number of fans, the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs have seen a slight increase in attendance from last summer.

Current Standings

West Division

1. Pittsfield Suns: 8-1 (16 PTS)

2. Worcester Bravehearts: 5-3 (10 PTS)

3. Bristol Blues: 3-6 (6 PTS)

4. Wachusett Dirt Dawgs: 2-5 (4 PTS)

East Division

1. Nashua Silver Knights: 6-2 (12 PTS)

2. Martha’s Vineyard Sharks: 4-5 (9 PTS)

3. Brockton Rox: 4-2 (8 PTS)

4. Seacoast Mavericks: 4-5 (8 PTS)

5. North Shore Navigators: 0-7 (0 PTS)

Games to Watch This Week

June 12: Pittsfield @ Wachusett, 6:35

June 13: Pittsfield @ Martha’s Vineyard, 6:35

June 14: Brockton @ North Shore, 7:00

June 15: Martha’s Vineyard @ Worcester, 6:35

June 16: Wachusett @ Pittsfield, 7:00

June 17: Pittsfield @ Brockton, 7:05

June 18: North Shore @ Worcester, 4:05

Cape Cod Baseball League Begins June 14

12 Jun

Cape LeagueThe 132-year-old Cape Cod Baseball League will begin play once again this week, with the world’s best young players looking to make a mark on the MLB scouts in attendance.  The 44-game regular season will begin on June 14, with all 10 teams taking the field across the Cape.  The All-Star Game will take place on July 22 at Spillane Field in Wareham.  Playoffs will follow, starting on August 5.  For the last three seasons, the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox have taken the Cape league championship.  The CCBL does not charge admission for games, they will only ask for a voluntary donation.  All players spend the summer with host families and the league runs on the support of the communities which house the teams.  One in every seven MLB players has played in the Cape League.  Below is information about the league in general, as well as each individual team.

Cape Cod League website: http://capecodbaseball.org/

Cape Cod League schedule: http://capecodbaseball.org.ismmedia.com/ISM3/std-content/repos/Top/2012website/archives/Current%20Year/schedule2017.pdf

To follow the Cape Cod League through media outlets: http://www.capecodtimes.com/sports and http://codball.com/

Bourne Braves

Field (Capacity): Doran Park (3,000)

Location: Upper Cape Tech, 220 Sandwich Road, Bourne

Website: http://bournebraves.org/

Brewster Whitecaps

Field (Capacity): Stony Brook Field (3,000)

Location: 384 Underpass Road, Brewster

Website: http://www.brewsterwhitecaps.com/

Chatman Anglers

Field (Capacity): Veterans Field (8,000/2,000 seating)

Location: 702 Main Street, Chatman

Website: http://www.chathamanglers.com/

Cotuit Kettleers

Field (Capacity): Lowell Park (2,500/925 seating)

Location: 10 Lowell Avenue, Cotuit

Website: https://www.kettleers.org/

Falmouth Commodores

Field (Capacity): Arnie Allen Diamond at Guy Fuller Field (8,000/1,000 seating)

Location: 790 Main Street, Falmouth

Website: https://falmouthcommodores.com/

Harwich Mariners

Field (Capacity): Whitehouse Field (4,000)

Location: Harwich High School, 75 Oak Street, Harwich

Website: http://www.harwichmariners.org/

Hyannis Harbor Hawks

Field (Capacity):  McKeon Park (3,000)

Location: 120 High School Road, Hyannis

Website: https://harborhawks.org/

Orleans Firebirds

Field (Capacity): Eldredge Park (6,000/400 Seating)

Location: 78 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans

Website: http://www.orleansfirebirds.com/

Wareham Gateman

Field (Capacity): Spillane Field (3,000)

Location: 54 Marion Road @ Viking Drive (Route 6E), Wareham

Website: http://www.gatemen.org/

Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox

Field (Capacity): “Red” Wilson Field (5,500)

Location: Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, 210 Station Avenue, South Yarmouth

Website: http://ydredsox.pointstreaksites.com/view/ydredsox

Pittsfield Suns survive first weekend of FCBL undefeated

6 Jun

Pittsfield Suns

The Future’s Collegiate Baseball League kicked off last Thursday and saw games played throughout the weekend.  The Pittsfield Suns stood out, taking their first four games to quickly jump to the top of the West Division standings.  Kevin Donati (SUNY-Albany) led the way at the plate for the Suns, blasting two home runs against Wachusett on Thursday night, while finishing the weekend with a .533 batting average over four games.  Drew Marino (Polk State) tossed a gem for the Suns on Saturday in their win over Bristol.  Marino went seven innings without allowing an earned run while striking out eight batters.

In the East Division, the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks and Seacoast Mavericks each jumped out to a 3-1 start.  The Sharks actually defeated the Mavericks 12-1 on Friday night behind five strong innings from Mason Hickman (Vanderbilt) and a home run and 5 RBI outing by Phillip Clarke (Vanderbilt).  Clarke is off to a sizzling hot start for the Sharks, leading the league in both batting average (.667) as well as RBI (9).  For the Mavericks, Casey Aubin (UMass) threw six innings of one-run ball in the team’s opener against the Navigators.

Games will continue for the weeks to come, a full schedule can be found here: http://fcbl_stats.wttbaseball.pointstreak.com/schedule.html?leagueid=258

All league statistics can be found at this link: http://fcbl_stats.wttbaseball.pointstreak.com/leaders.html?leagueid=258

Current Standings

West Division

Pittsfield Suns: 4-0

Worcester Bravehearts: 2-1

Bristol Blues: 0-3

Wachusett Dirt Dawgs: 0-3

East Division

Martha’s Vineyard Sharks: 3-1

Seacoast Mavericks: 3-1

Nashua Silver Knights: 2-1

Brockton Rox: 2-1

North Shore Navigators: 0-3

Local NECBL teams begin play Tuesday, June 6

5 Jun

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The New England Collegiate Baseball League begins play on Tuesday, June 6.  Games will be played throughout Massachusetts all week, as four teams call the Commonwealth home.  Below is a list of the home openers for the Massachusetts teams.

New Bedford Bay Sox host the Danbury Westerners Tuesday, June 6 @ 6:30

Location: Paul Walsh Field, New Bedford, MA

Bay Sox website: http://www.nbbaysox.com/view/nbbaysox/welcome-to-the-bay-sox

North Adams Steeple Cats host the Valley Blue Sox Tuesday June 6 @ 6:30

Location: Joe Wolfe Field, North Adams, MA

Steeple Cats website: http://steeplecats.pointstreaksites.com/view/northadams

Plymouth Pilgrims host the Newport Gulls Thursday June 8 @ 6:30

Location: Forges Field, Plymouth, MA

Pilgrims website: http://www.pilgrimsbaseball.com/view/plymouthpilgrims

Valley Blue Sox host the Winnipesaukee Muskrats Thursday June 8 @ 6:35

Location: MacKenzie Stadium, Holyoke, MA

Blue Sox website: http://valleybluesox.pointstreaksites.com/view/valleybluesox

 

Team USA, Japan Announce Collegiate Baseball Series across New England

1 Jun

Hanover InsuranceCampenelliHolmanThe national collegiate baseball teams of the United States and Japan will play a series of games throughout New England this coming July.  Announced in separate press conferences, the team’s will play games in Worcester and Brockton, MA, as well as Nashua, New Hampshire.  The Future’s Collegiate Baseball League’s Prospect will also participate in the series.

The team’s will lodge at Worcester State University during the series of games, which runs from July 11-18.  Worcester State athletic director Michael Mudd expressed excitement to the Worcester Telegram, saying, “It gives us a chance to showcase our facilities to some of the best players in the world.  Using our batting cages, baseball fields and training centers for a week will be special to this institution.”

The games will start in Worcester and then shift to Brockton before finishing up north in Nashua, NH.  The schedule of games is as follows:

July 11: FCBL’s Prospect Team vs. United States, Worcester, MA

July 13: United States vs. Japan, Worcester, MA

July 14: United States vs. Japan, Brockton, MA

July 17: United States vs. Japan, Nashua, NH

According to the Worcester Telegram, this is the 41st series between the team’s since their first meeting in 1972.  This will be the first series contested in the United States since 2011. According to The Enterprise, Japan defeated the United States in the decisive game of the series last summer under tie-breaker rules, where runners are placed on first and second base with nobody out to start the inning.

“This isn’t just a friendly series either, it’s a battle,” FCBL commissioner Chris Hall told the Worcester Telegram, “Japan is coming in here to win.”

Worcester games are played at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field.  The game in Brockton will be played at Campanelli Stadium, while Holman Stadium will welcome the squad’s to Nashua.  More information regarding exact game times, tickets, parking and other activities surrounding the games will be published when the information is released.

Future’s Collegiate Baseball League Kicks off this Weekend

1 Jun

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Five local Future’s Collegiate Baseball League team’s host their home opener’s this weekend.

Wachusett Dirt Dawgs host the Pittsfield Suns Thursday June 1

Location: Doyle Field, Leominster, MA

Dirt Dawgs website: http://www.dirtdawgsball.com/view/dirtdawgsbaseball

Worcester Bravehearts host the Bristol Blues Friday June 2 @ 7:05

Location: Hanover Insurance Park @ Fitton Field, Worcester, MA

Bravehearts website: http://www.worcesterbravehearts.com/view/worcesterbaseball

Brockton Rox host the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs Friday, June 2 @ 7:00

Location: Campanelli Stadium, Brockton, MA

Rox website: http://www.brocktonrox.com/view/brocktonrox/rox-home

North Shore Navigators host the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks Saturday June 3 @ 6:00

Location: Fraser Field, Lynn

Navigators website: http://www.nsnavs.com/view/nsnavs/home-page-1128

Pittsfield Suns host the Bristol Blues Saturday June 3 @ 7:00

Location: Wahconah Park

Suns website: http://pittsfieldsuns.pointstreaksites.com/view/pittsfieldsuns/home-page-282