There is baseball for those of you looking for some kind of fix while we wait for major league baseball to get back to playing games. I presented to you, the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, a summer league that is playing a shortened season based on the health crisis. Under normal times, this is a seven-team setup, but this summer only six of those teams are playing with the team in Pittsfield deciding not to play. These rosters are made up of college players looking to improve their skills and at the same time, catch the eye of a scout who might happen to be in the ballpark. This time around, that might be a bit more difficult because of the lack of people being able to sit in the stands and watch these games in person. The first weekend of play has taken place and here is some of what went on.
The North Shore Navigators finished the first set of games winning both matchups. The 2-0 start has them in first place as the first full week of play gets underway. The team is being led by current Boston College Eagle Sal Frelick who went 3-for-10 with one extra-base hit over the weekend. Another local college product is Logan Braxo, who spends his springs playing for the Harvard Crimson. Bravo collected a base hit in both games played with a run scored. On the mound, the Navigators are getting a solid performance from their closer. Dana Beau has appeared in both games for North Shore and closed the door both times. In two innings of work, Beau has allowed only one hit, while striking out six of the nine batters faced. The Dickerson college junior has enjoyed the closer role.
The one team that has not gotten off to a good start is the Nashua Silver Knights. They began the first full week of games still looking for their first win (0-3). Two of their three losses have been by one run. On the plus side is Ben Rounds, who has hits in two of the three games played hitting .333 with an RBI. The left-handed hitter, who is a sophomore at Harvard, has shown an early-season ability to take the ball the other way. Both of his base hits have gone to left field. The Silver Knights, thru the first three games played, have only two players hitting above .300. On the hill, Patrick Harrington made his debut on Sunday and made the most of it. He went four innings, allowing four hits and three runs with only one earned. He did strike out five in his outing while giving up one free pass. The junior, from Assumption College, should get more chances on the bump based on his first appearance.
The New Britain Bees split their first two games of the season. At the plate, their hot bat belongs to Andrew Cain. In Sunday’s loss to North Shore, he whacked his first home run of the season. He also leads the team in RBI with four while hitting .444 in the team first two games. The right-handed hitter out of New Haven University has shown that he can pull the ball as well as go up the middle as three of hits have been to center field including his HR. Left-handed pitcher, Alex Price, was a big reason why the Bees picked up their first win. On July 2, he went four shutout innings of two-hit baseball to help his team get a win over Worcester 6-0. He would strike out five in that performance.
For those of you that live in the area and are looking for some good baseball at very affordable prices, I suggest you check out the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.