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After several years as the Fall League Director, Brian Hastings will not be handling that role this year. We are in need of someone to take over this position. Brian has offered to help the new director and has all of the information needed to make this a smooth transition. If you are willing to take this on, please contact Terry Moran at email@example.com.
New players interested in playing on the "2017" 60's Travel Team need to email Bob Maruca to register for next season which starts in October of "2016" -yes 2016 . Any player turning 60 years of age in 2017 is eligible for play. The travel team plans to play in 5-6 tournaments starting in the Oct.-Nov. 2016 time frame. Please register by August 1st 2016. Tryout dates will be posted after registration. Bob's contact info:
The Cape Cod Mariners 60’s Travel Team attended the Northeast Championships in Syracuse NY the weekend of July 8-10 and finished in third place. The AAA bracket consisted of teams from Ontario, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
After getting off to a slow hitting start in the seeding games the Mariners bats came alive during elimination play bringing them to one game shy of the finals. During the elimination round the Mariners lost to the Road House Blues from Pennsylvania 20-13, and defeated Talaga Construction from Connecticut 7-5 and 16-14. The Mariners were on the short end of a 20-14 game against Agway of Ontario in the semi-finals and were eliminated. Agway eventually lost to Deep Purple of Massachusetts in the championship game 17-16.
Leading batters for the Mariners were Mike Walsh (6 for 8 .750), Bob Maruca and Peter McClelland (14 for 20. 700), Dave Pina, Frank Pina and Larry Kanupp (12 for 19 .631), Bernie Newhard (10 for 16 .625) and Ron Scarborough (9 for 15 .600).
The infield play of Ron Scarborough, Tony D’Alessandro, Chris Myland and Bernie Newhard was outstanding turning numerous double plays in key situations.
Dave Pina, Bob Maruca and Peter McClelland have been named to the all-tournament team.
The Mariners play next in the Ocean State Classic in Warwick, RI August 19-21.
The Cape Cod Mariners “AAA “60’s Travel Team of the Cape Cod Senior Softball League placed third in the Connecticut Masters Games the weekend of June 11 & 12. The team finished with 3 wins and 3 loses, losing its final game in the semi-finals.
The Mariners played four games on Saturday. Due to a long rain delay games 2,3 and 4 were reduced to 5 innings. The teams posted wins over the Diamond Dawgs 18-17 and Davy Byrnes 10-8. The two loses were to the Long Island Jaguars 12-6 and to the Hanningtons “Major” team by a score of 11-6. On Sunday, the Mariners came back to beat the Jaguars 18-17 and then lost to Talaga Construction 25-16 in the semi-final to finish in third place.
Leading hitters for the Mariners included Bob Marcella (7-9, .778), Bob Maruca (16-22, .727), Mike McCluskey (9-13, .692), Peter McClelland (14-21, .667), Ron Scarborough (9-14, .649), Dave Pina (12-20, .600) and Mike Walsh (6-10, .600).
The infield play of Chris Myland, Joe Gyscek, Tony D’Alessandro and Don Saulnier was outstanding. Pete McClelland pitched some great games in very difficult wind conditions. Some clutch hitting by Frank Pina, Larry Kanupp and Bernie Newhard helped the Mariners advance to the semi-finals against some very tough competition.
The Mariners travel to Syracuse, NY the weekend of July 8-10 to compete in the Northeast Championships.
The 75's completed play with a win, earning second place while the 80's Back Office Associates team took third place.
The 75's beat Nami Construction of New Jersey 17-8 to finish 5-1 for the tournament earning themselves the second place finish. Rob Robidoux, John Seliga, Bob Buck and Chas Crawford led the charge for the 75's the plate.
The 80s dropped their final game to Pfeiffer's of Wisconsin to finish at 3-2 for the tournament and taking third place. Leading the play throughout the tournament word Joe Graziozi, Nate Koppel and Jim Van Baalen.
Congratulations to both of our teams on their fine showing at this tournament.
Cassidy Cup Finals
2016 Division 2 Finalists with the Cassidy Family
Cassidy Cup Champions
Mid Cape Door
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Joe's great-granddaughter, Bella, scores a run after pinch running
We are still looking for volunteers to umpire this season. If you are interested in umpiring this season, please contact Bob Warde at firstname.lastname@example.org
60s Travel Team in Pompano
A group of players from the 60’s Travel Team of the CCSSL recently competed in the Pompano East Coast Senior Softball Tournament the week of March 7-10. The Mariners played 10 games over a five-day period. The competition was tough. In addition to the Mariners, there were 3 other teams from Massachusetts, one each from Canada, New Jersey and Pompano, Florida that made up the “A” Division. The team finished the tournament tying the New England Patriots with an overall best 7-3 record but lost a tiebreaker to finish in second place. The team included Tony D’Allesandro, Bob Marcella, Mike McCluskey, Larry Kanupp, Mike Walsh, Kenny Rogers, Dave Pina, Frank Pina, Paul Pavone, Paul Donnelly, Bob Maruca, Rich Bettley, Tom Kapitan and Mike Kelleher. Bobby Marcella pitched 9 of the games and finished with a 6-3 record. Big Mike McCluskey pitched the final game to pick up a win. The team hit extremely well throughout the tournament with a team batting average well over .600. The players wish to thank Cape Save Weatherization and Brax Landing Restaurant for their support during the tournament.
As we enter 2016, the 30th season of the CCSSL, I have received some requests to explain the reasons for the increased fee this season.
There are several things that have necessitated the increase:
With all of this said, I will add some other things about the increase:
I feel that the increase is necessary because the conditions of the fields we play on is one of the most important things that we can provide our players, not just because it makes for a better playing experience, but for safety reasons.
Two players from CCSSL, Dave Clark and Peter McClelland, were members of the 2015 International Senior Softball Association (ISSA) Winter Nationals Tournament winning team played in Virginia Beach Oct 9-11. The team competing as C&C Medical Supplies went undefeated in 5 games and were Champions of the 70s AAA Division. Dave played middle infielder and shortstop and Peter pitched and played infield. Both were selected to the All-Tournament Team.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
by Kat Szmit
It takes strength, guts and determination to play a sport at any age. There are always risks involved. But when passion prevails, athletes are born.
Such is the case with the members of the Cape Cod Senior Softball League. These men and women, age 55 and up, take to the fields with a youthful exuberance, ready to play ball, aching joints and the raised eyebrows of the younger generation be damned. They aren’t there for admiration, after all. They’re there to play the game they love and will continue to play until they simply can’t.
As you enter the path that leads to Memorial Field, be sure to take a look to your left and see the new memorial to Joe Cassidy, the founder of our league! Joe is the player who made this possible for all of us by starting Senior Softball here on Cape Cod back in 1987.
Saturday softball will be held at Memorial Field each week beginning at 10 am.
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