While much of the sporting world is digesting today's Tiger Woods Infomercial, here are a few non-Tiger thoughts..... I'm hearing that the Yarmouth-Dennis organization will be putting some of the remaining Yawkey Grant money toward a new scoreboard at Red Wilson Field.
The Bourne Braves will celebrate their first-ever league championship by honoring the 1965 Sagamore championship team. Lou Lamoriello, President of the New Jersey Devils and recent CCBL Hall of Fame inductee, was on that 1965 team and may attend if there isn't a conflict with the National Hockey League playoffs. The Braves open the season on June 14 against Falmouth.
Bourne will have two new assistant coaches this year. Jason Walck, an assistant at the University of New Orleans and Aracelio Rivera, an assistant at DeAnza College will join Harvey Shapiro's staff. Pitching coach Josh MacDonald is the lone returning assistant.
Falmouth could have an outstanding pitching staff. Problem is, two of the biggest names may not make it to the Cape. Kyle Winkler (Texas Christian) has already received an invitation to Team USA and his TCU teammate, Matthew Purke, may be receiving his invitation soon. Purke was the highest pick in last year's MLB draft not to sign a pro contract. The Texas Rangers selected Purke with the 14th overall pick.
Speaking of Team USA, Harwich could end up being hardest hit by losing players to the red, white and blue. Matty Ott (RHP; LSU), Austin Nola (INF; LSU), Mikie Mahtook (OF; LSU) and Tyler Pill (RHP, OF; Cal. State-Fullerton) are on the Mariners roster and they all show up as Team USA invitees. Other players who have received invitations and who appear on Cape League rosters are Sonny Gray (RHP; Vanderbilt/Cotuit), Brad Miller (INF; Clemson/Cotuit), Dan Hultzen (LHP, INF; Virginia/Hyannis) and Matt Jensen (INF; Cal. Poly./Yarmouth-Dennis).
Hyannis' Casey McElroy (INF; Auburn) has a broken finger. He is expected to miss 4-8 weeks, so his availability to the Mets should not be affected. McElroy's Auburn teammate, and ex-Harwich Mariner, Trent Mummey could also be sidelined an extended period of time with a severely sprained ankle.
For an update on the work being done at Eldredge Park, check out this story on the Orleans website: http://www.orleanscardinals.com/021710.html
In a scheduling quirk, Yarmouth-Dennis doesn’t play division rival Chatham until July 12. By then, the Red Sox will have played Orleans five times and they will finish their six game season series with the Firebirds the next day.
New England schools represented on league rosters are headed by UConn with 7 Huskies scattered across the Cape. They are followed by Boston College (4), Maine (3), Franklin Pierce (2), Northeastern (1) and UMass-Lowell (1).
One of the games that was thought to be an interesting matchup on this opening day of the Division 1 season turned into a blowout. Kentucky beat Virginia Tech, 15-6. Alex Meyer (Y-D '10) was the winning pitcher. Meyer struckout 8 batters in five innings. The Wildcat offense was lead by Chris Bisson (Cotuit '09) who went 4 for 5, scored 2 runs and had 2 RBI. Keenan Wiley (Y-D '08; Harwich '09) was 2 for 5 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Marcus Nidifer (Harwich '09) scored 3 runs. Justin Wright (Harwich '09) started for Virginia Tech and took the loss. Wright lasted only 2.1 innings and gave up 10 runs (8 earned.) Austin Wates (Y-D '09) was 2 for 3 and drove in 2 runs for the Hokies. Anthony Sosnoskie (Harwich '09) also had 2 hits and added 2 RBI in a losing cause.