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Thanks to everyone who took the time to fill out the CCSSL survey about scheduling, which was most of you. The results of the survey give the Board a clear direction of how we will prepare for the 2018 season. The first question asked about reducing the number of games in the regular season. Although the overall vote was fairly close, the vote within divisions was not. Divisions 1 & 2 were in favor of reducing the schedule, while Division 3 clearly was not. As a result, the schedules in the first two divisions will contain fewer games and Division 3 will remain the same. This scheduling will allow us to eliminate most Fridays for Divisions 1 & 2 which is a clear preference for many players. The preference for all of the other questions were very clearly answered. Rain outs will be made up. Doubleheaders will be used to make up games. They will not take place on normal “off days” or Saturdays. The players have spoken and we will follow your wishes.
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I will respond to some of the individual comments soon!
Columbus Day Weekend TEAMLESS Tournament
Come play in our 5 team – 60 player Columbus Day Weekend TEAMLESS Tournament where players, not teams, sign up to play - 2 games per day. Sign up to play on Saturday or Sunday only for $15, or play both days for $25.
Everyone is assigned to a team and everyone receives a tournament shirt. Unlimited pinch runners. Substitution rule in effect. Individual and team performance awards.
Umpires and scorekeepers are compensated.
As of August 1st, 55 players have registered. We have room for 5 more. If you want to play, umpire or be a scorekeeper, send Big Mike an email.
Mariners Win Ocean State Championship
The “AAA“ Cape Cod Mariners won the Ocean State 60’s Senior Softball Tournament in Warwick, Rhode Island over the August 18th weekend. The Mariners finished with four straight victories and an overall 5-2 record.
The team started the three-day tournament with a hard fought 19-18 win over the Syracuse Cyclones. In addition to the five run equalizer, the deft hitting Cyclones gave the Mariners all they could handle. Gary Arne led the Mariners offense going 3 for 3 with an inside the park home run and a second HR over the left field fence. Bruce Sher, Keith Fluker, Joe Gyscek and Frank Pina all contributed three hits apiece. Ron Scarborough picked up the win.
The Cape men ran aground in game two of the weekend. Davy Byrnes’ Tavern from Connecticut thumped the Mariners 19-5. The Mariners managed only 14 hits in game two after pounding out 26 in game one. Frank Pina and Bob Maruca had two hits each to lead the way.
Game three was a rain shortened, four-inning 8-1 loss to the Long Island Jaguars. The team left their bats on the boat and decided to hit with oars instead. The team managed only five hits with Maruca getting two. The team finished as the sixth seed out of six going into the double elimination round.
Saturday was a totally different story. Timely hitting, outstanding infield and outfield defense and some tough pitching performances helped the Mariners win three straight propelling them into finals as the only undefeated team.
In a rematch vs. Davy Byrnes the team came out firing from the start and finished with a 19-1 sobering win. The Mariners pounded out 29 hits. Dave Pina led the way going 4 for 4. Joe Gyscek, Bob Maruca and “DH” Pina all contributed 3 hits.
Game five of the weekend was an 18-11 win over the number two seed Mike’s Blue Collar from Connecticut. The hitting cooled slightly with 23 hits being produced. Leadoff hitter Bruce Sher lead the way with a 4 for 4 game. Keith Fluker, Mike Barry and Kenny Rogers all chipped in with three hits each. Pete McClelland held a strong hitting Blue Collar team to only ten runs to pick up the win.
In game six the Mariners faced the Deep Purple Majors team from Massachusetts/ RI. The Mariner’s received a five run equalizer but the Cape Codders handed the 2016 Las Vegas National “AAA” second place finishers a straight up 17-10 loss. Outstanding defense, great pitching by Ron Scarborough and timely hitting pushed the team into the winner’s bracket versus the Long Island Jaguars on Sunday morning. Keith Fluker’s towering homer to left in the fifth inning ignited the bats vs. DP. The Mariners rallied with five runs in the sixth sparked by a Joe Gyscek bases clearing triple and three more in the seventh to seal the win. Dave Pina, Mike Barry, Chris Myland, Kenny Rogers and Ron Scarborough had two hits each.
The Mariners faced the 2017 Winter National Champion Long Island Jaguars in the Sunday morning finals. The Jags needed two wins to clinch the championship. The Cape men wasted little time building an early 9-0 lead. The team again played outstanding defense with a key double play (Gyscek to D’Allesandro) in the seventh to shut down the Long Islanders. Ron Scarborough picked up the 14-2 win without walking a batter.
Strong pitching and outstanding all-around defense kept opponents to less than eight runs per game. Top offensive producers for the weekend included: “DH” Frank Pina (12 for 17, .709 BA), Joe Gyscek (12 for 18, .667 BA), Chris Myland (11 for 17, .647 BA), Kenny Rogers (9 for 14, .643 BA), Bob Maruca (14 for 22, .636 BA), Ron Scarborough (8 for 13, .615 BA) and Mike Barry (11 for 18, .611).
The Mariners greatly appreciate the support they received from Kaleidoscope Imprints, Brax Landing Restaurant, Zudy Software, Rich Covington and the Cape Cod Senior Softball League. Thanks to all!!!!
Tryouts for the CC Mariners 60's Travel Team will be held Saturday September 16th - 1 PM at Memorial Field. Rain date will be Sunday September 17th -10 AM. Pre -registration is required. The "2018 Travel Season" starts in October 2017. Any player turning 60 years of age or older in 2018 is eligible to register. The Mariners plan on playing 6-7 weekend tournaments in 2018.
The Cape Cod Mariner’s 60’s Travel Team had a disappointing weekend in Syracuse, NY at the Northeast Championship Tournament the weekend of July 7-9th. The team could not get their bats going, ending up with one win and four loses.
The Mariners started with a tough extra inning 15-14 loss to the Durham Silver Styx from Ontario, Canada. The Mariners spotted the “AA” Styx 5 runs. Frank Pina lead the Mariners offense going 3 for 3. Gary Arne and Tony D'Alessandro each went 3 for 4.
The Mariners rebounded with a 9-3 win over Pennsylvania based Spring Ford in game two. Pete McClelland earned the win by holding Ford scoreless in 5 innings. Don Saulnier and Keith Fluker lead the offense each going 2 for 2 at the plate.
The Mariners finished up with three straight loses: 24-15 to the Syracuse Merchants, 20-16 in a re-match with Spring Ford and a second loss to the Merchants by a 14-11 score.
Top hitters for the weekend were: Ron Scarborough (8 for 10 .800 avg.), Keith Fluker (9 for 13 .692 avg.), Frank Pina, Chris Myland, Tommy Haugh (8 for 12 .667 avg.) and Mike Barry (9 for 14 .643 avg.). The team plays next in the RI Ocean State Classic the weekend of August 18th.
The Mariners wish to thank Kaleidoscope Imprints, Brax Landing, the Zudy Company, Rich Covington, and the CCSSL for their continued support.
The senior softball team sponsored by Back Office Associates and composed of 80+ year olds from the Cape Cod Senior Softball League concluded their participation in The Buckeye Classic on June 15th by playing three consecutive games in hot and humid Barberton, Ohio.
The Cape Cod Mariners played seven games in little over twenty fours hour before losing the seventh and final game to a hot hitting Talaga Construction team in the Connecticut Masters games the weekend of June 3 & 4.
Part of our marching crew in the Yarmouth St. Patrick's Day parade, passing out more than 200 cards to potential new players. Mike Barry did a great job organizing this event!
The Cape Cod Chronicle ran a nice story on the Back Office Associates Travel Teams
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Our players come from all walks of life. This segment features Jeff Beatty speaking on CNN News about anti-terrorism on New Year's Eve in Times Square.
In order to spruce up the fields in Harwich, McNamara Brothers donated and spread 17 yards of mulch around the sheds and picnic area at the Harwich fields. Many thanks to McNamara Brothers for their generosity!
We are always looking for volunteers to umpire next season. If you are interested in umpiring, please contact Bob Warde at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The CCSSL Annual Meeting will take place on October 14th. Elections for the Board of Directors will take place at this meeting. The positions up for election this year are: Commissioner, Treasurer, and 3 Directors At Large and also to fill out the one year term for the Division 1 President. Anyone who is interested in running for these positions should contact a member of the nominating committee: Mike McCarthy or Bill Prodgers.
Terry Moran - Commissioner
John Hession - Treasurer
Ron Scarborough - Director at Large
Dave Noonan - Director at Large
Peter Cutler - Director at Large
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