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Cape Cod Mariners

2017 Connecticut Masters 2017 Season

MARINERS WIN CONNECTICUT MASTERS

The Cape Cod Mariners “ AAA”  60’s travel team took home the championship in the Connecticut Masters Tournament the weekend of June 16-17 in Middletown, Connecticut.. The Mariners finished with a 4-1 record. The team displayed great team defense, outstanding pitching and enough offense in a roller coaster hitting performance to secure the title.

The Cape Boys came out on fire to beat the Baystate Bombers “Major” team in a 21-12 win. Kevin Hayes lead the team on the mound keeping the Bombers in check while going 3 for 3 at the plate. Keith Fluker and Joe Frongello were also 3 for 3 for the game. Tony D’Alessandro, Bob Maruca , Mike Barry, Dave Pina, Bruce Sher, and Gary Arne all chipped in with two hits each.

In game two, the Mariners gave the five run equalizer to the “AA” Diamond Dawgs from Massachusetts . The Cape guys ended up falling off the hitting track managing only 11 hits in 32 at bats in a 12-10 loss. Ron Scarborough gave up only 7 runs without the equalizer in a frustrating loss. Leading the way at that plate were Dave Pina, Bob Maruca and Joe Frongello with two hits each. Kevin Hayes had a two-run homer.

The third game on Saturday was a totally different story. The Mariners were back on track pounding out 28 hits versus the Long Island Jaguars in a 24 - 8 win. Top hitters going 3 for 3 were Gary Arne, Dave Pina and Bob Maruca. Hayes, Fluker, Sher, D’Alessandro, Joe Gyscek, Chris Myland and Frank Pina all had two hits each. The infield defense was led by the outstanding play of Joe Guiducci. Kevin Hayes was dominant on the mound again and took several up the middle hits away from a frustrated Jags team.

With temperatures in the 90’s on Sunday the team started out with a 19-15 win over a strong, hard hitting Vernon Connecticut team that was playing in its first Connecticut Games. The Mariners went 24 for 39 at the plate. Joe Frongello, Ron Kenyon and Bruce Sher led the way with three hits each.  Frank Pina, Scarborough, D’Alessandro, Fluker, Gyscek, Maruca, all had two hits.

The Cape Codders faded at the plate in the Championship game. The coaster did not totally derail but came very close as the team managed only 11 hits in 29 at bats in a 5-3 win over Mike’s Blue Collar from Connecticut. Strong pitching by Ron Scarborough and “total team defense“ willed  the team to the championship.  With the scored tied 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth Ron Scarborough hit a long two out double to left center to score the two eventual winning runs. Top hitters for the game were Chris Myland and Tony D'Alessandro with two hits each.

Several players batted over .600 for the tournament. Leading the way were Ron Kenyon 8 for 10 (.800 avg), Joe Frongello 11 for 14 (.786 avg), Tony D’Alessandro and Bob Maruca 9 for 14 (.643 avg), Kevin Hayes 6 for 10, (.600 avg) with two home runs and Scarborough 3 for 5, (.600 avg).

The unanimous choice for “TOURNAMENT MVP” went to Head Coach Paul Donnelly.

                                         “TOGETHER”

                                    Thanks BIG!!!     Your Mariners!!! 

Thank you to Kaleidoscope Imprints, the CCSSL, Keith Fluker, Frank Pina and Ron Scarborough for their generous contributions and support of the team.

Cape Cod Mariners Finish On Top In The Cape Cod Classic

The Cape Cod Mariners 60’s travel team took home the Cape Cod Classic AAA Championship the weekend of September 8-10. The team finished with a 5-1 record.

The Mariners started with a split on Friday morning beating Mike’s Blue Collar of Connecticut 22-20 in a back and forth battle. The Mariners pulled ahead in the top of the eighth by scoring six runs. However, Mike’s was not done and came back with 4 runs before Pete McClelland shut the door leaving the tying runs on second and third to end the game. Game two was another hard-fought game but the Mariners came up short in a 21-20 loss to Talaga Construction of Connecticut. Gary Arne lead the Mariners with a perfect day at the plate by going 7 for 7. Other top hitters on day one were Bruce Sher 7 for 8, Joe Gyscek and Keith Fluker each 6 for 7 and Mike Barry 5 for 6.

Day two ended with two more victories. The Mariners beat the Syracuse Merchants 13-12 scoring five in the first inning and five in the bottom of the seventh to pull out the win. Ron Scarborough held the strong hitting New Yorkers to only twelve runs to secure the win. Leading hitters in the game with three hits each were Peter McClelland, Bruce Sher, Keith Fluker, Dave Pina, Joe Gyscek and Bob Maruca.  Victory number two for the day was a 12-8 win over the South Shore Legends. Pete McClelland held the Legends to only eight runs in a low scoring contest.  The offense was led by Bruce Sher going 4 for 4 and Dave Pina and McClelland each going 3 for 3.

With four wins and one loss the Mariners started the single elimination round as the number two seed behind the undefeated Long Island Jaguars.  Game one found the Cape men in a re-match versus Mike’s Blue Collar. The locals offense came out fast and sailed to victory over MBC by an 18-12 score.  Ron Scarborough once again held a very good offensive opponent to only twelve runs to pick up the win.  The middle of the order, Dave Pina, Keith Fluker, Tony D’Alessandro and Joe Gyscek led the team on offense with a combined 12 for 12 at the plate.

The Mariners ended up in the final game of the tournament in another rematch versus the Syracuse Merchants who beat the previously undefeated Long Island Jags 18-16 earlier in the day. The championship game was a classic back and forth battle down to the last out. The battle started with the Mariners taking a 5-1 lead after one inning followed by a scoreless second inning. It was nip and tuck the rest of the way.  The Merchants score five in the top of third but the Cape boys answered with two to keep the lead. Each team scored three in the fourth to make it 10-9 Mariners.  The Merchants proceeded to score five in the fifth and the Mariners answered with four runs pushing the score to 14-14 entering the sixth.  Pitcher Pete McClelland and some solid defensive play held the New Yorkers scoreless in the top of the sixth. The Mariners continued to apply pressure by scoring three to take a 17-14 lead moving into the seventh inning.  The Merchants started the top of the seventh with their number three and four hitters coming up.  McClelland got both to fly out to Fluker in right field who battled a tough sun and wind to get the first two outs.  The Merchants then strung together a series of clean singles scoring two to cut the lead to one with two outs.  With the tying run on third and the go ahead run on second, McClelland managed to handle a comebacker to the mound to end the game.

Top hitters for the tournament were: Gary Arne (7 /7, 1.000 Avg), Keith Fluker (18/20, .900 Avg), Joe Gyscek (17/20, .895 Avg), Dave Pina  (11/13, .846 Avg), Pete McClelland  (14/19, .737 Avg), Bruce Sher (15/22, .682 Avg), Bob Maruca (13/20, .650 Avg), Chris Myland  (10/16, .625 Avg).

The Mariners finished the season with two straight tournament championships - Rhode Island in August and the Cape Cod Classic in September.  The team also had second place finishes in the Pompano East Coast Tournament in March and the Connecticut Masters Tournament in June.  The team finished out of the money in Syracuse but is looking forward to returning there in July 2018.

The team wants to recognize the great support they received this past season. Thanks to all our supporters and friends. Much appreciation to Kaleidoscope Imprints, Brax Landing Restaurant, The Zudy Company, Rich Covington and the Cape Cod Senior Softball League.

Thanks again for your generous support!!!

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!!!!


Cape Cod Mariners win 2017 Ocean State Classic in Warwick Rhode Island

The Cape Cod Mariners used solid pitching, shutdown defense and some timely hitting to win the Ocean State Classic in Rhode Island.The boys in blue & white took some time on Friday to gather their sea legs but on Saturday they hit the deck running as they went undefeated 4-0 Sat/Sun to take home the Gold Metal. This is undoubtedly the most mentally tough team we have had in the last 5 years.The outfield "gap" defense kept making play after play and our infield played some great defense with numerous double plays and throwing runners out at home when the opportunity presented itself. Our 4 first year players have been a shot in the arm to a team that was very solid and is now really deep and able to get critical rest with infield / outfield player rotations. 


Mariners Struggle in the Northeast Championship

 

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.

 Cape Cod Mariners Finish Second in the Connecticut Masters Games

 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.

The Mariners started the tournament by beating the Deep Purple Majors team straight up by a score of 20-13. After falling behind early the team fought its way back with timely hitting and outstanding defense. The infield of Joe Gyscek, Mike Barry, Tony D'Alessandro, Chris Myland and Don Saulnier turned four double plays to shut down last year’s Las Vegas National “AAA” Championship runner-up. Keith Fluker hit the first of his four tournament home runs to power the Mariners. Larry Kanupp started his perfect tournament hit streak of of 15 for 15 with three hits. Ron Scarborough shut down the Purple to pick up the win.

In game two the Mariner’s Bob Marcella pitched the team past the Diamond Dawgs from Massachusetts by a 25-14 score. Gary Arne had a 4 for 4 game with Keith Fluker, Frank Pina, Don Saulnier, Bruce Sher and Marcella all going 3 for 3.

Game three was a 17-12 loss to Talaga Construction pushing the Mariners into the loser’s bracket. The team bats cooled off slightly. Joe Gyscek lead the way with a 3 for 3 game and Frank Pina and Larry Kanupp each going 2 for 2 at the plate.

The team came out strong on Sunday morning with three straight wins. Game four saw Bruce Sher, Don Saulnier, Larry Kanupp and Keith Fluker all have perfect 3 for 3 plate appearances in a 22-16 win over the Diamond Dawgs.

Game five was a 26-21 win over the Syracuse Cyclones. Bruce Sher and Mike Barry had 4 for 4 hitting games.  Bob Maruca, Tony D'Alessandro, Larry Kanupp and Keith Fluker contributed three hits each. Fluker also hit his second home run of the tournament.

Game six was a hard fought never say die win. After a back and forth tight game Talaga took a six run lead going into the bottom of the seventh. With one out the Mariners scored 3 runs to cut the lead to four. After a second out the team rallied with four more runs led by Fluker’s third home run and a game winning extra base hit by Joe Gyscek to seal the victory. Top hitters for the game included Dave Pina, Bruce Sher and Mike Barry with four hits each. Bob Maruca, Tony D’Allesandro, Fluker, Gyscek and Kanupp all chipped in with three hits each.

In the fourth game of the day and seventh of the weekend the Mariners hit the wall in a 14-5 loss to Champion Talaga Construction. Bats cooled off and legs gave out but effort and pulling “Together” never wavered. The team finished with a 5 and 2 record.

Top hitters for the tournament were: (Larry Kanupp 15 for 15 -1.000 BA), (Bruce Sher 19 for 21- .905 BA), (Don  Saulnier, 16 for 20 - .800 BA), (Keith Fluker 15 for 20- .750 BA), (Bob Maruca 17 for 23 - .739 BA), (Frank Pina 12 for 17- .706 BA), (Joe Gyscek 14 for 20 - .700 BA), (Tony D'Alessandro  14 for 20 -.700 BA and ( Bob Marcella 8 for 13 - .615 BA).

The Mariners greatly appreciate the support they received from Kaleidoscope Imprints, Brax Landing Restaurant , The Zudy Company, Rich Covington and the Cape Cod Senior Softball League. Thanks to all!!!!

Cape Cod Mariners Place 2nd in Pompano

 

A group of players from the CCSSL 60’s Travel Team finished in second place at the 2017 East Coast Senior Softball Tournament in Pompano, Florida March 6-10.  Twelve members of the Mariners joined forces with three players from Mike’s Blue Collar of Connecticut to complete a very successful week in Pompano.  The competition was tough with three games decided by one run and a fourth game decided by 2 runs.  The team fought hard “together” throughout the entire tournament.

The Mariners ended the tournament with a 7-3 win / loss record tied with “EH” from Canada and finishing behind the champion Hanningtons team which consisted of players from Massachusetts and Florida.  Hanningtons finished the week with an 8-2 record.

The Cape Codders played well against the top teams in the tournament.  They split a doubleheader with eventual champion Hanningtons.  After losing game one 20-4 the Mariners turned the tables with a 20-5 win. They also split two games with the Canadiens winning the first game 17-16 and losing the second 23-22 in extra innings. The only other disappointment was a 14-13 loss to fourth place finisher Dorsey Insurance of Maryland.

Nine Mariners batted over .600 for the tournament with two of those over .700. Those nine include: Rich Bettley .788, Bob Marcella .724, Larry Kanupp .697, Bob Maruca .697, Tony D’Allessandro .688, Gary Arne .684, Dave Pina .657, Kenny Rogers .617 and Mike Walsh .609.

The defense was led by outfielders Gary Arne and Rich Bettley both of whom stole numerous hits away with their speed and glove work. Tony D’ Allessandro anchored the infield with slick fielding on some tough sun-baked infields resulting in a number of double plays.

Ron Scarborough, Bob Marcella and Tom Kapitan all pitched well in spite of blustery winds. 

The team would like to express their gratitude to Kaleidoscope Imprints for their generous support.  The team hopes to play next in May in Loudoun, Va.

 Cape Cod Mariners Finish Second in the Connecticut Masters Games

 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.

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