Hyannis Harbor Hawks

Recapping the Hyannis Harbor Hawks 2021 Season
Posted Aug 7, 2021

On August 3rd, 2021, the Hyannis Harbor Hawks concluded its season with a key victory over the Bourne Braves. The team finished 8–28 and was excluded from playoff festivities, but as sport enthusiasts know all too well, the quantitative information never tells the full story.

The 2021 team had to deal with more uncertainty than any group before them. After the Covid-19 pandemic caused the 2020 season to be cancelled, resuming play after all this time was both amazing and frightening. While it was amazing to see the Harbor Hawks in action, the consistent testing and increased restrictions truly showed how different this season could be.

Thankfully, the league was still very recognizable and McKeon Park was truly able to show off all of its glory. All 20 home games that were scheduled for the season were played for at least a few innings. (The 6/22 game versus Brewster is considered a rain out, but the teams did play four innings so McKeon did see action that day) Fans made week day games feel jam packed and also found many ways to enjoy all that makes the Cape Cod Baseball League so special. The Hawks played 36 of the 40 scheduled games, which is pretty remarkable when you think about it, and found a way to fight through adversity and make the season memorable.

When the league finally resumed play on June 20th, the Hawks almost took down a Brave team that ended up finishing with the best record in the regular season. The team followed it up with a victory over the Cotuit Kettleers, a playoff team this season, in the home opener. This was followed by a six-game losing streak, before a huge win over the Falmouth Commodores in which the team looked reborn. Caden Rose (Alabama), Mitch Hartigan (FAU),  Marcos Pujols Martinez (Dayton) and Dominic Johnson (Kansas State) all provided a strong offensive output in the game and the pitching and defense held the Commodores in check at Guv Fuller field, leading to a second Harbor Hawk victory.

This would be the last win for approximately 18 days as the team could not put together a complete game, but that is not to say this period had no positive moments. The Harbor Hawks would see 12 former players, including seven who played for the 2021 team, get drafted into Major League Baseball. It also allowed for the Hawks to turn their season around with several strong performances that eventually led to wins. Headlining this was Luke Mann (Missouri), who had an insane stretch where he earned 15 RBI’s in only seven games. The third baseman also made a pitching debut during this time and used a fastball that was more than 90 MPH to portray an ability similar to that of Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The big win occurred once again at Guv Fuller Field where the Harbor Hawks were led by an amazing effort from Jonah Scolaro (Florida State) on the mound. The Southpaw pitched six innings of one hit, one run ball for the Hawks, and Nolan Crisp (Georgia) shut the door the rest of the way for the massive victory. The team came back home to McKeon Park the next day and blew out the Orleans Firebirds 13–1 in a game that saw strong pitching from Adrian Siravo (Weatherford) and a revitalized offense that exploded for 14 hits, including 3 each from Mann and Hartigan. 

The team would suffer a setback against the Wareham Gatemen the following day, but would rebound the following day against the same team and emerge victorious with a 5–4 walk-off win from a Mann single. It would not be an overstatement to say that “The Hawks were hot!”

The team faced two consecutive losses after the walkoff win, including a marathon game versus the Harwich Mariners that lasted for four and a half hours and nearly saw a Harbor Hawk comeback, and entered a Sunday matchup in Orleans extremely tired. This did not faze the team as they did not allow the rainy conditions to keep them out of reach. Siravo battled with a potent Firebird offense and kept his team within reach and tied for the majority of his outing. Clark Elliott (Michigan) and Johnson kept the fire burning early, and Kyle Ball (Stetson) made several strong defensive plays and collected some big two-out hits as well. The Romano brothers, Nick (UCF) and Ryan (Florida State) were the main story of the offense, as Nick’s double tied the game in the sixth inning and a few batters later, Ryan launched a grand slam that broke the game open. This clutch play, combined with gutsy relief pitching from Cooper McKeehan (BYU) all contributed to the huge win and helped show how much this team had improved.

The Hawks took this recent offensive breakthrough and dialed it up a few notches the next day against Cotuit. The offense exploded for 18 hits, including three each from Elliott and Hartigan, and scored 15 runs, with home runs from Mann and Hartigan. The Hawks were firing on all cylinders, and a solid start from Daniel Gill (Valdosta State), combined with strong relief from Angus McCloskey (Pace) and Austin Wallace (Transfer Portal) all contributed to the 15–5 victory.

The next several games resulted in losses, but at least much more competitive losses. The days of Hyannis being an easy win were over, and the season finale described this more than any other game of the season. Bourne, the Presidents Trophy winners for the current season, sauntered into McKeon Park looking for a season sweep, and from the first pitch, they had virtually no chance. Fireballer Mark Adamiak (Arkansas) was just absolutely electric on the mound, tossing 6 ⅔ innings and only surrendering four hits, two walks, two runs and striking out 11 hitters. All of this, combined with his consistent 95-96 MPH fastballs left Bourne’s offense scrambling for life, and Hyannis took this to the Braves. The UCF combo of Nick Romano and Trent Taylor (UCF) mashed deep home runs, continuing to show how much they impacted the team since joining mid-July. Elliott contributed three hits, huge in his quest for the batting title, and the final 10–2 victory served as a storybook ending for a season that was always on the verge of being cancelled.

Hyannis finished with three all-stars, a batting champion and a summer of memories that will last a lifetime. The Hawks earned a win against every single team in the West division and even took a season series against the Firebirds in the East. While the playoffs were not in the cards for this season, the future looks bright in Hyannis for sure.

August 7th, 2021

Byline: Jack Murray

Photo Credit: Sara Goulart, @saragoul.art


 
Q&A with Clark Elliott, 2021 CCBL Batting Champion
Posted Aug 6, 2021

The 2021 season for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks featured many highs and lows, but perhaps the greatest achievement was outfielder Clark Elliott (Michigan) winning the Cape Cod Baseball League batting title. 

Elliott joined the team July 5th and quickly rose to the top as an electric hitter and fielder, solidifying himself as a lead-off hitter with a knack for getting on base and also brought some power to the table. Elliott earned a .344 batting average and also a .464 on-base percentage and added four doubles, one triple and two home runs. In addition to the batting title, Elliott was also honored with an all-star selection.

Multimedia intern Jack Murray chatted with Elliott about the achievements and the summer he had with the Harbor Hawks.

Jack Murray: You had a pretty strong year in the Big-10 this year, (.270 AVG, nine doubles, five home runs) how were you feeling in your spring season, especially after the Covid-19 shortened year?

Clark Elliott: It was tough. I got hurt early on in the fall and missed several months of pre-season work. For me, I was just getting used to playing baseball every day for the first time since early in my freshman season, but I adjusted and it was a pretty solid season overall.

JM: What was the transition like from the Big-10 to the Cape League?

CE: It was a pretty seamless transition. Contrary to popular belief, the Big-10 still has a ton of talent, especially pitching, so coming into the Cape League I was really excited to just work on some new things, including trying new things with my swing and just my approach overall, and also just having fun!

JM: What was the transition to the wood bat like?

CE: I like the real feedback off the wood bat that you don’t really get off of metal bats since you really did not need to get a good piece of the ball to get a hit off of it. The wood bat highlights the good swings and gives me that true feedback that I really like.

JM: When you joined the team, they were in the midst of a big struggling point, but pretty soon after you joined they went on a bit of a run, winning three games in four days. What was it like to be a part of that run?

CE: Nobody likes to lose and we had a team full of competitive guys so it certainly wasn’t a lack of effort when it came to our poor performance up to that point. We eventually got everyone to relax and play together and just have fun out there and that was really the key to that winning streak we had there. It made the games much more enjoyable.

JM: As the season went on, the offense really improved. How did the team turn it around and how did you contribute to that effort?

CE:  Sometimes it takes one guy to get things going and I’m not saying I was the spark plug to help that team become a more offensive team, but I really tried to bring energy to the team every day. I hope that was contagious throughout the team because their energy throughout the games is what helped me push forward.

JM: As a lead-off hitter, one of the things you want to be able to do for your team is get on base. Obviously hitting for a high average is very conducive for that, but you also drew 17 walks and had three hit-by-pitch plays. This led to a remarkable .464 OBP, how did you manage to find ways to get on base so much?

CE: I really didn’t go up to the plate thinking that I needed to get a hit or get on base. For me, I just went about it pitch-by-pitch and made sure to stay within myself and not reach for being someone that I am not. Staying within myself helped me reach base and not try to flex my power.

JM: It’s funny you mention power because while you were an effective lead-off hitter with reaching base, you also did flash some power. How did you feel with your solid power output this summer?

CE: I think the age of a lead-off hitter being a slappy hitter that just tries to beat out ground balls has died. I pride myself in my ability to drive the ball from gap-to-gap and having a lead-off approach of trying to make contact while also making a strong impact with the ball. I knew that my line-drive singles would eventually turn into doubles and that really started to pay-off towards the end. 

JM: Transitioning towards the field, what was it like playing with your fellow outfielders this summer?

CE: There was a ton of talent in our outfield this season between Mitch [Hartigan], me, Dom [Johnson] and Caden [Rose] so it was really fun to just feed off of eachother. We all made good reads and knew that we could help each other so we communicated well and had confidence that we could make plays. 

JM: The chase for the title was obviously really intense and one of the obstacles was getting enough at-bats since you joined the team late. Was this ever a worry for you?

CE: To be honest, I did not really care about my numbers or anything like that. I was not looking at the average. I knew I was having a pretty good season, but did not pay attention to the numbers that went along with the batting title, and just went out every day and played hard. Having a high average is a by-product of my success and hard work.

JM: In your last game, (8/3. 10–2 W vs Braves) you went out with a bang. You went three for three with two walks and an RBI and the game was also such a great performance for the team as a whole. What did it feel like to have that performance and be on a team that played so well?

CE: That game was awesome. I think it was the most fun I had on the Cape, between the fireworks at the end and a great performance on the mound by Mark [Adamiak], to the great offensive performance from everyone on the team. Three hits was a bonus, but being a part of that team win was awesome.

JM: Do you have any memories off the field from this summer that made an impact?

CE: The bus rides to the games, team meals, autograph signings and hanging around with little kids were all amazing memories. I got to know a lot of these guys really well and they will be some of my friends that I talk to for the rest of my life. I have so many great memories from being on the Cape, including being with my host family, and I could never narrow it down to one. It was just an awesome experience. 

JM: How would you rate your Cape League experience and would you recommend it to future players?

CE: Playing in the Cape is something I have dreamed of since I was a little kid watching Cape League games during the summer. It lived up to every expectation and was a great place to live and play summer ball. The drives and great competition were amazing, and if you are a player considering it I think you should 100 percent do it.

Congratulations to Clark Elliott on winning the 2021 Cape Cod Baseball League Batting Title!


August 6th, 2021

Byline: Jack Murray

Photo Credit: Jack Murray


 
Becoming Ozzie: My Day as "Ozzie the Harbor Hawk"
Posted Jul 26, 2021

Going undercover has been a part of the journalistic process for as long as the industry has been alive. Many groundbreaking stories were uncovered this way, and while the practice is less common today, writers like Hunter S. Thompson, Gloria Steinam and Matt Taibbi have truly given readers relevant and important content that has proven to be both eye-opening and thought provoking.

The Hyannis Harbor Hawks have an aspiring gonzo journalist of their own, multimedia intern Jack Murray, and he went undercover to bring an important narrative to the table, “What is it like being ‘Ozzie’, the official mascot of the Hawks?” Here are his findings!

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I voluntarily offered to don the “Ozzie” suit for a Hyannis Harbor Hawks home game with the intention of providing a glimpse into what it is like to be a mascot at a populated baseball game. Mascots tend to be the most recognizable faces for a franchise as they are not ever going to leave. In a league like the Cape Cod Baseball League, where most players are only around for one or two years, this is a nice change for die hard fans. Usually the suit is donned by an intern for the eighth inning, where the main attraction for the “T-Shirt Toss” is the familiar anthropomorphic hawk. I, instead, wore it for the majority of the game, starting with the national anthem and ending with the toss. I will detail my experience below.

The suit is much heavier than it looks, and lugging around in it really is some form of a full-body workout. I stood next to the national anthem singer before the game started and was mapping out exactly how I was going to navigate the grounds of the stadium. I had not thought too much about the shear mass that Ozzie possesses. This presents a problem, as it would be extremely easy for me to block the view of several fans at a time. Due to this, I marked my route with a focus on always being away from the bleachers, with the exception of between innings. I was worried that this would decrease my visibility from admirers, but this couldn’t have been further from the truth. 

I began by walking past the Hawks Merchandise Mart and the concession stand, and immediately took two pictures. This was something I expected, as these memories will last a lifetime. I found myself venturing slightly further where once again I was taking pictures with families young and old. While it was extremely fun to be around the young fans, taking pictures with older fans was fun as well. The absolute joy that fans experience when seeing Ozzie is something I will never forget. 

As I inched closer to the away side, the picture intake decreased but I started to shift my focus towards waving. From observing popular mascots like “Blades the Bruin” and “Wally the Green Monster”, I knew that the most important job was being a welcoming presence at games. Simply walking around unenthusiastically as a mascot is defeating the spiritual purposes of the position, so I tried to wave at every fan that looked in my direction. I expected very few to wave back, and was pleasantly surprised at the high volumes of waves I received back. Obviously these waves were meant for “Ozzie”, but it really made me feel like my presence in the costume was making a difference in the fan experience. Some waves turned into photo inquiries, while many others were a simple interaction that left both me and the fan happy.

I then ventured towards the Harbor Hawk side, where I was hoping to go to the bleachers during the inning break. I did my wave routine up there and received a very similar level of enthusiasm as before. I took several pictures with fans and felt the same warm reception that I had earlier, and was truly glowing inside that costume. While it was certainly getting hot in the costume, the adrenaline kick from all the friendly interaction masked the heat. 

I finished my route and went through it about two more times before I decided to settle around the 50/50 table. This made sense to me, as maybe my large presence would help drive attention to the table, and I think this did happen, although they seem to be pretty crowded during every game. I made a plan with the other interns to join them on their 50/50 route later in the game, and decided it would be best for me to take a break in the press box. 

I returned to the field about an inning later and immediately took an official photo with a Cape League photographer before later getting featured on the Cape League’s official instagram story. I struck a pose and headed back to the 50/50 table, where I began my route and held the collection bin, which proved to be a fun challenge in the suit. I was focusing on not falling as well as not dropping any tickets or cash, and was able to succeed through some intense focus.

After this, I returned to the press box for another break, as the heat in the suit really made this necessary. I went back to the field just in time for the seventh inning stretch, and found a sudden inclination to dance intensely with the musical entertainment. I’m not a very animated person, and dancing in public is really not something I would choose to do for fun, but in the suit it felt natural. It felt like an out-of-body experience, as the spirit of “Ozzie” had taken over, and all of a sudden I could dance. The applause from the crowd surely helped my confidence as well.

I then went back to my usual route one last time before finally doing the main priority for “Ozzie”, the T-Shirt Toss. With an enthusiastic crowd, I helped hype it up, along with fellow interns, and finished my duty as “Ozzie”.

My main takeaways from the experience are that I truly saw how amazing humans can be. I was treated with overwhelming kindness from fans of all ages, and have never truly felt more loved than when I was in that suit. If we could treat our fellow humans the way the fans treated me in the “Ozzie” suit, the world would be a truly amazing place.

While my experience as “Ozzie” was fun, it will likely be my last time dressing up as a mascot. I gained a lot of respect for people who serve as mascots for teams, and also think it is something everybody should try at least once in their lifetime if they get the opportunity!


July 26th, 2021

Byline: Jack Murray

Photo Credit: Sara Goulart, @saragoul.art


 
Where is the Best Place to Sit at McKeon Park?
Posted Jul 19, 2021

For fans looking to attend a Hyannis Harbor Hawks game at McKeon Park, one question looms perhaps higher than others. Where should I sit? This is a concept that is quite strange to many sport fanatics, as an experience seeing a high level like the Cape Cod Baseball League usually comes with a relatively expensive ticket and a strict seating policy. In the Cape League, admission is free and all seating is general admission. While this is a nice change of pace, it can also engender some stress in the form of picking a perfect spot. 

In this article, multimedia intern Jack Murray is spending nine innings in nine different seating locations, and is going to detail his experience for our readers.

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Hey all, I’m excited to take you through all of the different seating locations at McKeon Park. Before we start, I should probably state my qualifications. I am a native Cape Codder who has been attending Cape League games since my early childhood. I have also played on pretty much every field, including McKeon Field, so I have more than just general knowledge of both the league and facility.

The easy answer to this question is that fans should sit in multiple spots throughout the game. It is not too often that you have freedom to witness a game from multiple spots, and different areas allow for unique viewing experiences. Witnessing a routine ground ball from the first base side versus the third base side provides tons of learning opportunities for fans of all ages. Seeing a pitcher throw from a front and back view is helpful in a similar way. Moving around throughout the game is a must.

However, certain spots should be better than others. The best spot, without a doubt, is the skybox, which is an extremely pleasurable viewing experience. For only $500, a group can rent out the elevated box that is next to the press box and comes equipped with nice couches and other amenities that make this a great option for group outings. While this is truly awesome, I will be focusing on all general admission areas for this review, so that is the last mention we will have.

I usually sit at the media table, which is slightly left of the seating behind home plate. I am expecting to end my night here, and will save my review of this area until the last inning. Read on for an inning by inning review.

Inning 1- Behind Home Plate

 

It’s not very often that you are able to see a game from behind home plate. It is truly a cool experience. From this view, you are able to see every part of the field with limited issues with sightlines. You feel protected by the netting that keeps foul balls from reaching the audience too. The velocity from the pitchers in one of the most notable things that you can observe from this area. The audience can pretty much feel the force of the smack of the mitt just as much as they can hear it, and this really can help you understand just exactly what the batters are facing when they step in the box. This is also the area where most of the scouts sit, so it’s interesting to see how they are clocking the pitchers speeds. It’s also not unusual to hear what they are saying about the players, which can provide an expert perspective on the action in the field.

 

Inning 2- First Base Side Bleachers

 

If you are a fan of the away team, this is the spot for you. The wooden bleachers are placed very close to the away dugouts and are right behind the visiting media team. The view is absolutely stunning, with the sky being perhaps more prevalent than from behind home plate. The only visual impairment is of the right field line due to the protective screen in front of the dugout, but overall the full field is extremely visible. If you are looking for a lively baseball experience, this is definitely a good spot as it tends to be where the die-hard fans of the away teams sit, so you can pick up insight on that team that can only come from eavesdropping on those who make it to many games. Whats also neat is the close proximity to the broadcasters, as it allows a fan sitting in this area to experience a live game with the perk of hearing people call the game. A downside could be the noise, as you can hear what’s happening in the sky box and also most other conversations on the bleachers, but this does help keep the game authentic. Some people choose to sit in the bleachers while others choose to use beach chairs, and both views seem to have the same experience.

 

Inning 3- Right Field Bleachers

 

This is the first view where a fence is providing some slight visual impairment but it does not really leave a significant impact. This spot is by far the quietest one yet, and there sure is some peace that comes with that. The acoustics are the best yet, as the boom of the catchers mitt roars louder here than even behind home plate. The crack of the bat is also the most significant, so any fans that really appreciate the sounds of baseball will really like this spot. A shed over by the right field gate serves as a plyometric wall for the visiting team, so fans can really get a look into how the pitchers train when they are not pitching. Another interesting aspect of this area is just how close you are to the field. You can hear all conversations and communications from the players on this side of the field, including the visiting bullpen. This provides fans with a perspective of what it is like to play in the Cape League

 

Inning 4- Left Field Corner

 

This surprisingly may be my favorite view so far. It is very similar to the previous spot, but the natural elevation of the area leads to a view that is unobstructed by fencing. This time, you are right on top of the Hyannis bullpen, so you get a similar sound perspective, this time from the other side of the field. In many past games, this has been a relatively rowdy spot, and I can totally see why. It feels like you have a private view of the game and the entire field is visible. It’s extremely quiet, and the ball flight is magical to watch. Seeing a home run hit during this inning was definitely lucky, but being able to see the exact path the ball took on it’s way to the woods was absolutely beautiful. My view may be biased since I was an outfielder and have always loved perspectives like this, but it is no doubt a fantastic place to watch a game. There is something very peaceful about hearing birds chirp and fly high in the sky. One downside for some would be the lack of bleachers, as the area is just a grassy strip of land. Most of the viewers in the area brought beach chairs, and the ground itself suited me fine, but it is definitely something to consider. I also believe it may have been relatively buggy, so later innings here may be difficult, but it is still a place fans of the Harbor Hawks should check out.

 

Inning 5-Left Field Bleachers

 

I returned to the bleachers but was still in a similar spot in this inning, and what’s interesting is how offset you are from the field. This spot is set back and elevated and provides a view similar to that of bleacher seats at a Major League ballpark. This makes watching the pitches perhaps even more interesting as the distance somehow adds to the effect. I can’t really explain why this is but it is notable. There are a few obstructions, including the poles that hold protective netting up and a tree that hangs down over left field. Fortunately, most of the field is very visible. The surrounding crowd seemed to be rooting for Hyannis and were definitely more casual. If you are looking to go to a game for the experience of being at a baseball game, as opposed to being a die-hard fan, than this would be a relaxing spot for you.

 

Inning 6- Third Base Bleachers

 

This is the most typical bleacher set up in the park and the purpose is to seat the majority of the crowd here. The view places you above the third base dugout, and while you can see the roof of the dugout, from most areas of the bleachers there is no obstructed views. This is definitely a spot that is designed to have a professional feel, which is definitely fun for many fans. The surrounding crowd is definitely a bit more intense and seems to be exclusively Harbor Hawk focused. The speakers are right next to these bleachers and this provides the clearest audio experience at McKeon Park. This spot is also where the T-Shirt toss happens later in the night, so there is definitely an incentive for fans, especially young ones, to head towards these bleachers.

 

Inning 7- Third Base Side, Upper Bleachers

 

This is the closest area to the parking lot, so if being close to your car is a priority than this is a great option. You get a really clear view of the right side of the field, but the downside is there is limited visibility on the left side. However, if you’re main focus is watching the battle between the pitcher and the catcher, these seats are certainly adequate. It also possesses some peaceful baseball observing while not leaving you feeling isolated. If you aren’t planning on being at the game for very long this could be a nice spot as well, as you will not really have to climb any hills to get back to the parking lot. The view of the sky is very nice as well, and on a day with a beautiful sunset, this would provide probably the best view due to it’s central, elevated status.

 

Inning 8- Third Base Side, Lower Bleachers

 

This view is relatively similar to the previous one, but here you can see the whole field. It’s definitely more congested, but for Hyannis die-hard fans this is fun. It’s remarkably similar to the side for the visiting fans, but it’s slightly more elevated and is conveniently centered to the score board. In a similar fashion, many fans sat in beach chairs or lawn chair in front of the bleachers, and this view seemed extremely similar. This spot is also conveniently located near the Hawks Merchandise Mart and the concession stand, so you can get fitted in Hawks apparel and grab a refreshment and have a quick walk back to your seat. The smack of the glove is extremely relevant again, and as stated on the other side, the acoustics of these spots are the most interesting here. 

 

Inning 9- Media Table

 

For the ninth inning, I headed to the area where I normally sit, among the other Hawk media interns. While this view is exclusive to us, plenty of fans stand behind us or sit near us. It’s definitely a view that is extremely close to the field and is great for analysis, but it may not be as fun as some other spots for fans. One of the coolest aspects of this spot is how well you can hear the umpires, as well as some player interactions. You can also hear grunting and other forms of energy release, and it feels like you are a part of the action. It’s also great for fans to interact with interns about who players are, what their statistics are, and other form of integration that cannot be reached at professional games.

 

Conclusion.

There is no bad seat at McKeon Park. Every spot suits a different fan, and there is truly something wonderful in that. My favorite spot surprised me, as it was that left field corner spot. The peaceful and serene atmosphere really made my experience positive. If you’re looking for a die-hard experience, I would venture towards a fan section. However, my biggest recommendation is spending time in multiple spots, as it is the only way to truly get the experience. This is true not only for McKeon Park, but also every stadium in the Cape Cod Baseball League, and this is one of many reasons why this is the premier summer baseball league.

July 19th, 2021

Byline: Jack Murray

Photo llustration: Jack Murray


 
Flashback Friday/Throwback Thursday #4- July 16, 2021
Posted Jul 16, 2021

While the series is coming one day later than normal this week, we are still excited to see how our former Harbor Hawks are doing professional baseball!

 

Majors

 

RP Pete Fairbanks, 2–3, 3.42 ERA, 31 K’s, HYA 13-14

Fairbanks is a player who is relied on in the Tampa Bay Rays bullpen, but perhaps shined brightest in the 2020 postseason when his Rays won the American League pennant and his presence in the bullpen was crucial to that run. 

OF Austin Hays, .247 AVG, 9 HRs, 31 RBI’s HYA 15

Hays has been a productive hitter for the Baltimore Orioles this season, which is shown by his home run and RBI totals in addition to having scored 36 runs and holding a .303 on base percentage.

 

Minors

 

IF Hunter Stovall, .279 AVG, 2 HR’s, 15 RBI’s, HYA 17

Stovall is playing for the Spokane Indians, a Single-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. Stovall possesses an elite .367 on base percentage and is on pace to have his best season in minor league baseball so far in his young career.

P Kevin Coulter, 4–3, 6.56 ERA, 31 K’s, HYA 17

Coulter is currently playing in Single-A within the Cleveland Indians organization for the Lake County Captains. He is close to reaching his career high in innings pitched and has been able to make some starts for the Captains.

July 16, 2021

Byline: Jack Murray

Graphic: Jack Murray




 
Jaylen Nowlin '21 Selected by Twins
Posted Jul 13, 2021

Name: Jaylen Nowlin

Position: P

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 187 LBS

Pick #, Round and Team: #579, 19th Round, Minnesota Twins

College: Chipola College

Year with Hyannis: 2021

 

Nowlin showed lots of improvement through his time with the Hawks this summer and had a solid season with Chipola College as well this spring, tossing 18 innings and sporting a 3–0 record.


July 13th, 2021

Byline: Jack Murray

Photo Credit: Chipola College Athletics


 
Seth Halverson Selected by Philadelphia Phillies
Posted Jul 13, 2021

Name: Seth Halverson

Position: P

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 225 LBS

Pick #, Round and Team: #565, 19th Round, Philadelphia Phillies

College: University of Missouri

Year with Hyannis: 2021

 

Halverson made three starts for the Harbor Hawks in 2021, including a strong outing against Bourne on June 20th when he shut out the league leading Braves through three innings. He pitched 72 innings for Missouri in the spring.


July 13th, 2021

Byline: Jack Murray

Photo Credit: Sara Goulart, @saragoul.art


 
Rowdey Jordan '19 Selected by Mets
Posted Jul 13, 2021

Name: Rowdey Jordan

Position: OF

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 185 LBS

Pick #, Round and Team: #322, 11th Round, New York Mets

College: Mississippi State

Year with Hyannis: 2019

 

Jordan played in 28 games for Hyannis in 2019, but has found even greater success recently as a member of Mississippi State’s 2021 Division I NCAA Championship team. Jordan hit .328 for the Bulldogs during the run.


July 13th, 2021

Byline: Jack Murray

Photo Credit: Jordynn Johnson


 
Mariano Ricciardi '21 Selected by Oakland Athletics
Posted Jul 13, 2021

Name: Mariano Ricciardi

Position: IF

Height: 5’7”

Weight: 170 LBS

Pick #, Round and Team: #548, 18th Round, Oakland Athletics

College: Dayton

Year with Hyannis: 2021

 

Ricciardi was a spark plug for Hyannis in 2021 at second base and served as a second leadoff hitter from the nine spot in the order. Ricciardi had an outstanding season at Dayton and was named to the Atlantic-10 All-Championship team.


July 13th, 2021

Byline: Jack Murray

Photo Credit: Sara Goulart, @saragoul.art


 
Adam Hackenberg '19 and '21 Selected by White Sox
Posted Jul 13, 2021

Name: Adam Hackenberg

Position: C

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 225 LBS

Pick #, Round and Team: #545, 18th Round, Chicago White Sox

College: Clemson

Year with Hyannis: 2019 and 2021

 

Adam Hackenberg was a member of the Hyannis Harbor Hawks for two seasons and played in 26 games within that time. In 2021, Hackenberg hit .231 for the Hawks and played strong defense prior to leaving early in the year.


July 13th, 2021

Byline: Jack Murray

Photo Credit: Sara Goulart, @saragoul.art


 
Hunter Dula '21 Selected by Giants
Posted Jul 13, 2021

Name: Hunter Dula

Position: P

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 200 LBS

Pick #, Round and Team: #536, 18th Round, San Francisco Giants

College: Wingate

Year with Hyannis: 2021

 

Dula has made three appearances for the Hawks this season, including starting the most recent win against Falmouth on June 30th. Dula is coming off of a NCAA Division II National Championship with Wingate.


July 13th, 2021

Byline: Jack Murray

Photo Credit: Sara Goulart, @saragoul.art


 
Glen Albanese Selected by Angels
Posted Jul 13, 2021

Name: Glen Albanese

Position: P

Height: 6’6”

Weight: 240 LBS

Pick #, Round and Team: #441, 15th Round, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

College: Louisville

Year with Hyannis: 2019

 

Albanese made six appearances for the Harbor Hawks in 2019, including four starts. He averaged nearly a strikeout per inning with 19 in 20.1 IP.

July 13th, 2021


Byline: Jack Murray

Photo Credit: Matt Neiser


 
Daniel Lloyd '21 Selected by Baltimore Orioles
Posted Jul 13, 2021

Name: Daniel Lloyd

Position: P

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 232 LBS

Pick #, Round and Team: #407, 14th Round, Baltimore Orioles

College: South Carolina 

Year with Hyannis: 2021

 

Lloyd was a lockdown reliever for the Hawks in 2021, not allowing a run in four appearances. He had one save and seven strikeouts in his four innings pitched, and was extremely effective this spring for South Carolina as well.


July 13th, 2021

Byline: Jack Murray

Photo Credit: University of South Carolina Athletics Website


 
Andrew Baker '21 Selected by Philadelphia Phillies
Posted Jul 13, 2021

Name: Andrew Baker

Position: P

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 190 LBS

Pick #, Round and Team: #325, 11th Round, Detroit Tigers

College: Chipola College 

Year with Hyannis: 2021

 

Baker possesses a lot of velocity, sitting at 95-97 and can even hit 98 at times. His slurvy Curveball can sit at 79-81 and has sharp movement. The junior college prospect shows plenty of potential to find success at the next level.


July 13th, 2021

Byline: Natan-Cristol Deman

Photo Credit: Jack Murray


 
Tyler Mattison '19 Selected by Detroit Tigers
Posted Jul 12, 2021

Name: Tyler Mattison

Position: P

Height: 6’4”

Weight: 216 LBS

Pick #, Round and Team: #104, 4th Round, Detroit Tigers

College: Bryant 

Year with Hyannis: 2019

 

Mattison appeared in five games with the Harbor Hawks, sporting a 0–1 record with a 4.09 ERA across 22 IP. He sported a 10–3 record for Bryant University this season and was named Second-Team ABCA All-Northeast.


July 12, 2021

Byline: Jack Murray


 
Lucas Dunn '19 Selected by San Diego Padres
Posted Jul 12, 2021

Name: Lucas Dunn

Position:IF/OF

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 205 LBS

Pick #, Round and Team: #250, 8th Round, San Diego Padres

College: Louisville

Year with Hyannis: 2019

 

Dunn appeared in 15 games for the Harbor Hawks in 2019, hitting .286 while also earning 10 walks and driving in three runs. Dunn possesses position versatility and showed some strong power and on-base numbers in college.


July 12, 2021

Byline: Jack Murray

Photo Credit: Matt Neiser


 
Hunter Goodman '19 Selected by Colorado Rockies
Posted Jul 12, 2021

Name: Hunter Goodman

Position:C/OF

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 210 LBS

Pick #, Round and Team: #109, 4th Round, Colorado Rockies

College: Memphis

Year with Hyannis: 2019

Goodman was a top player for the Harbor Hawks in 2019, hitting .276 with eight home runs and 37 RBI’s, and was named to the 2019 Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game. Goodman heads out to the Rockies as a strong bat with the ability to play catcher or outfield, and has drawn comparisons to former Cape League alum Kyle Schwarber of the Washington Nationals.

July 12, 2021

Byline: Jack Murray

Photo Credit: Matt Neiser


 
Catching up with Matt Daly '06-07
Posted Jul 10, 2021

On July 5th, the Hyannis Harbor Hawks had a special guest throw out the first pitch for its game against the Chatham Anglers. Matt Daly was a member of the Harbor Hawks, then named the Hyannis Mets, for the 2006 and 2007 seasons. His most memorable moment came in the form of a no-hitter in the 2007 season against the Wareham Gatemen. After leaving Hyannis, Daly went on to pitch for six years in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.

Writing Intern Jack Murray sat down with Daly to discuss the no-hitter and where his life has taken him since his summers with Hyannis.

Jack Murray: What is it like to be back at McKeon Park after all of these years?

Matt Daly: It’s just the same, absolute heaven. I love being back here and seeing the field, seeing it all just brings back such great memories.

JM: When you were looking to go to the Cape League, what led you to Hyannis?


MD: I honestly couldn’t even answer how that came about. The opportunity arose in 2006 and I jumped on the opportunity right away. It was an honor to get invited to the Cape League after my freshman year and after that first year I was so excited to come back that next year

JM: In 2006, your teammate, Charlie Furbush, threw a no-hitter and you were on the bench for that. Do you remember it at all?

MD: I vaguely remember it. I remember more or less just the sheer awe that everyone was in. Throwing a no-hitter is one of the best achievements that you can do and being a part of that and being in his presence during that was amazing.

JM: What were your feelings going into the day that you threw your no-hitter?

MD: The first couple outings of that season I was struggling once I got into the fifth inning. I wanted to mentally overcome what the obstacle was, whether it was that next time through the lineup or some kind of mental block. I remember wanting to lock in and hone in and just focus on hitting my spots with my catcher.

JM: Do you have any funny stories from that day that you remember?

MD: I do! That morning, my wife, who was my girlfriend at the time, and I were talking and she had just come into town. With the bad luck streak going, she said ‘What if I give you something of mine to keep in your pocket?’ I was like ‘What if something falls out of my pocket?’ She said ‘Well, clothing will stay in there, so here is a pair of my underwear!’ They were blue and white with a stripe on them and I decided to just wear them! So I put them on and I ended up with a no-hitter in that game!

JM: Did you ever think about wearing them again after that?

MD: I never did it again. It was one of those things where it would never happen again, so why do anything again when it was that memorable?

JM: Do you have any other memories from your time on Cape Cod?

MD: The biggest memories I have are of the camaraderie with the guys and I was lucky enough to have the greatest host mom that you could ever imagine. My wife and I actually announced her as a mom at our wedding! The time here is almost an out of body experience. The times were absolutely incredible and the staff here has always been top-notch. The love for the game has been, still to this day even, absolutely incredible.

JM: After Hyannis, you ventured into pro baseball and beyond. Where has your life taken you?

MD: I have three children now, and my wife and my wife and I are both in real estate. We live in Colorado and the market there is growing. I’m trying to push my son into baseball but he has a love for hockey right now, which is a fun sport too. It’s just a blessing to enjoy life and raise my family and they even still watch my games because I was talked into joining a men’s league last year and that has been fun! It’s been a lot of growth and change with kids.

JM: One last question for you! Having experienced the Cape League as a player, what is it like as a fan with a family?

MD: I feel for the guys out there. I know what they are going through and what their mindset is. They get that smell of fresh-cut grass and head to the field in this ridiculously beautiful weather. There’s just nothing like it and I hope these guys step back and take it in. Coming back and seeing this as a fan is just surreal!


July 10, 2021

Byline: Jack Murray

Photo Credit: Sara Goulart, @saragoul.art


 
Throwback Thursday #3- July 8, 2021
Posted Jul 8, 2021

 This is a new series in which we catch up with former Harbor Hawks who are making a name for themselves in professional baseball. Each week we will highlight four players, two in the MLB and two in the MILB, and see how they are doing in their quest for success.

 

Majors

RP Dylan Floro, 2–4, 3.09 ERA, 30 K’s, HYA 11

Floro has been a consistent presence in the Marlins bullpen this season with 38 appearances and 35 innings pitched. He appears to be on pace for the most appearances in his young career.

OF Brian Anderson, .250 AVG, 3 HRs, 11 RBI’s HYA 13

Anderson has solidified himself as a starting caliber player for the Marlins these past several years, and has shown his value with a .316 on base percentage to go along with his other stats. 

Minors

IF Ben DeLuzio, .328 AVG, 3 HR’s, 13 RBI’s, HYA 15

Deluzio has had a great season so far in Triple-A with the Reno Aces, an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has a high .384 on base percentage and is currently in his second game at the AAA level.

RP Dominic Lobrutto, 1–1, 3.54 ERA, 17 K’s, HYA 16

Lobrutto is playing with the Double-A Portland Seadogs, an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. He has made 16 appearances and has not surrendered a home run through July 7th of the 2021 season.


July 8, 2021

Byline: Jack Murray

Graphic: Jack Murray


 
Harbor Hawks Host Fourth of July Festivities
Posted Jul 4, 2021

On an overcast Sunday night in Hyannis, the Harbor Hawks hosted the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in an out of division matchup. What made this home game at Judy Walden Scarafile Field extra special was the date, July 4th, 2021. Independence Day is more than just an annual holiday celebrating the United States and all of its glory, especially in the baseball world. Celebrating the United States’s independence with America’s pastime is a tradition that has been passed on for generations. It always felt like a right for most fans, but the 2021 rendition of July 4th baseball, especially for those involved with the Cape Cod Baseball League, is a huge privilege. 

July 4th on Cape Cod was almost unrecognizable from the status quo in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but perhaps one of the biggest disappointments was not having a Cape League game to attend before watching the patriotic firework shows at night. This years celebration was built with much anticipation and excitement, and players, coaches, interns and fans were all looking forward to the festivities. 

Longtime fan Terry Jones was appreciative of being able to take in a game like the one fans were treated to Sunday night, as the privilege of seeing some of the best baseball players in the world before they make their mark in Major League Baseball is something extremely underrated about the league.

“I thought it was a huge loss not having the season last year,” Jones said. “I’ve been coming to these games for over 35 years. Not having it last year was heartbreaking.”

The weather forecast was not nearly as exciting. Saturday’s contests were cancelled and the Centerville parade was postponed to July 5th. This did not stop the Harbor Hawks from attending the Hyannisport parade and signing autographs for eager young fans. 

Photography intern Sara Goulart was present at the morning festivities and found that the tight-knit community is Hyannisport was really fun to participate in.

“I was able to take photos of dogs that were dressed up as well as cute kids who were on their bikes,” Goulart said. “Everyone was really excited and you could really feel that the atmosphere was close. Everyone who lived in Hyannisport was there and were happy to be there.”

Gameday Intern Piper Hunt took on one of the most important tasks of the parade, dressing up as “Ozzie”, the fabled Harbor Hawks mascot. She said the experience was fun and interesting, as it was her first time donning the suit. 

“I got there around 10 before the parade started at 11,” Hunt said. “From there, I took plenty of pictures with fans and then eventually walked in the parade with the players and continued with them to the meet and greet where I was with young fans.”

Hunt said that one of the highlights of her mascot debut was seeing the joy the children displayed when interacting with the Harbor Hawk namesake. 

“The kids were super excited,” Hunt said. “Their faces lit up when they were taking pictures and it was really cool because I had never done it before and been able to experience that excitement.

When it came to McKeon Park, the gloomy weather did not affect the spark of the stadium. Interns adorned the bullpen fences with American flags and also hung festive items all over the bleachers and merchandise mart. Patriotic music blasted from the speakers and the atmosphere was full of American pride.

The stands were populated with plenty of Harbor Hawk blue and Red Sox red, a fitting combination given the day. The drizzle that accompanied the beginning of the game did not continue into the later innings, which was a nice advantage for the dedicated fans of the team. 

One such fan was Amy Breyer, who was in attendance with her husband and young son, and the trio was taking in their first Cape Cod Baseball League game. The family from Colorado felt lucky to experience their initial Cape League game on the Fourth of July.

“Baseball is America’s pastime and we are here for the Fourth of July,” Breyer said. “All of the patriotism and the decorations, combined with how nice Cape Cod people have been has made the experience very positive.”

The normal playlist was modified to include patriotic music that entertained fans between innings. This was a huge hit with fans situated all across the park, including Breyer’s family.

Goulart reflected on the impact the Cape League has on the community that resides on the famous peninsula.

“It was definitely weird not having the Cape League last year because it is just what a lot of people do on the Fourth of July,” Goulart said. “Last year, the little kids had nothing to do and nobody to look up to which was sad.”

Unfortunately, the hometown Harbor Hawks were unable to take home the victory, but this did not put too much of a damper on the crowd that congregated around the game. Seeing nine innings of quality baseball, along with a festive atmosphere and a spectacular fireworks show that occurred during the ninth inning was enough to have most fans leaving the field with memories that will last a lifetime. For Breyer’s family specifically, they drove into McKeon Park as Cape League newcomers and left the game as life-long fans.

“This has been incredible,” Breyer said. “The Fourth of July, Cape Cod and baseball, it doesn’t get much better than that.”

July 4th, 2021

Byline: Jack Murray


 
Throwback Thursday #2- July 1, 2021
Posted Jul 1, 2021

This is a new series in which we catch up with former Harbor Hawks who are making a name for themselves in professional baseball. Each week we will highlight four players, two in the MLB and two in the MILB, and see how they are doing in their quest for success.

 

Majors

 

SP Aaron Civale, 10–2, 3.32 ERA, 76 K’s, HYA 15

Civale is enjoying a breakout year with Cleveland and is currently 2nd in American League wins. He is currently on the IL with a finger injury and is expected to miss four to five weeks, but his early season success is a good sign that he is in the midst of a breakout season.

OF Austin Slater, .201 AVG, 7 HR, 18 RBI’s HYA 13-14

Slater is having his first season as a consistent presence in the San Francisco Giants line-up and with that has seen increased power numbers. His current total of seven is already his career high and he is fast approaching career highs in RBI’s, plate appearances and games played. 

Minors

 

IF Brendan Donovan, .298 AVG, 5 HR’s, 22 RBI’s, HYA 17

Donovan has split time between Double-A and Single-A in the Cardinals organization and has shown strong hitting ability at both levels. Donovan is currently up in AA with the Springfield Cardinals and is considered a top-30 prospect in the St. Louis system.

RP Zack Kohn, 1–0, 4.73 ERA, 16 K’s, HYA 18

Kohn is playing Single-A ball in the Yankees organization for the Tampa Tarpons and has pitched in nine games out of the bullpen.This is Kohn’s first experience after rookie ball in 2019 and no minor league baseball being played in 2020, and it will be interesting to see where his next steps land him.


July 1, 2021

Byline: Jack Murray

Graphic: Jack Murray


 
Throwback Thursday #1- June 24, 2021
Posted Jun 24, 2021

This is a new series in which we catch up with former Harbor Hawks who are making a name for themselves in professional baseball. Each week we will highlight four players, two in the MLB and two in the MILB, and see how they are doing in their quest for success.

 

Majors

SP Sean Manaea, 6–3, 3.01 ERA, 89 K’s, HYA 12

Manaea has continued to prove himself as a core member of a deep Athletic’s rotation, tossing 86.2 innings and currently being 5th in the American League in Earned Run Average. Manaea’s next start is slated to be Friday, June 24th against the San Francisco Giants.

C/INF Kevin Plawecki, .254 AVG, 1 HR, 3 RBI’s HYA 11

The utility catcher for the Red Sox has been a nice player to slot in behind Christian Vazquez. He sports an above average .319 OBP as well. His Red Sox have upcoming games against the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees.

 

Minors

3B Jake Noll, .284 AVG, 4 HR’s, 23 RBI’s, HYA 15

Noll is currently playing in Triple-A for the Rochester Red Wings, an affiliate of the Washington Nationals, and is looking for his first call-up of the season. The Red Wings have games against the Worcester Red Sox this weekend.

RP Collin Kober, 1–0, 2.45 ERA, 21 K’s, HYA 15

Kober is playing at the Double-A level for the Arkansas travelers, an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, and is in his fourth year in the minors. His Travelers have an upcoming series against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

June 24, 2021

Byline: Jack Murray

Graphic Credit: Sara Goulart, @saragoul.art




 
Hawks Visit Whitehouse Field for First Time
Posted Jun 24, 2021

On June 23, 2021, the Hyannis Harbor Hawks headed down the Cape to take on the Harwich Mariners. While the action on the field was full of entertainment, the atmosphere of the field was also notable.

One interesting aspect of the dimensions of the park were the nearly identical hills that sat beyond the first base and third base sides. The first base side was occupied by Harbor Hawk fans while the third base side was full of Harwich fans. The Hyannis faithful sat in line structure while those rooting for the Mariners organized themselves in rows. The two fan sections each had a solid view of the whole park and were staring right at each other, intensifying the rivalry.

 Around the same time as the first pitch, other sporting events were occurring nearby as well. Beyond right field, an intense soccer match was being played. Out behind the trees in left, a competitive slow-pitch softball game was being played.

The views from all around the park offered opportunities to catch different angles of the game. If you watched from beyond the centerfield fence, for example, you were a witness to a highlight reel catch from Cayden Rose (Alabama).

While the Harbor Hawks were unable to pull out a “W” in the end, the atmosphere at Whitehouse Field was certainly not one to miss.

 

June 24, 2021

Byline: Jack Murray

Photo Credit: Jordynn Johnson


 
McKeon Park was Electric During the Harbor Hawks Home Opener
Posted Jun 22, 2021

The Judy Walden Scarafile Field at McKeon Park had been barren for far too long. However, on an overcast day on June 21st, 2021, the crack of the bats in the batting cage were alive once again as baseballs whizzed all over the diamond. “The Boys are Back in Town” by Thin Lizzy was blaring over the speakers and the interns were excitedly putting up banners that adorned the outfield fence.

Opening day had arrived and the Harbor Hawks were gearing up to play the rival Cotuit Kettleers. The pregame ceremony was highlighted by a powerful rendition of “I’m Proud to be an American” that was performed by Sgt. Dan Clark, otherwise known as “The Singing Trooper”. Clark also sang an excellent version of the “Star Spangled Banner”, but the patriotism that he portrayed in his opening song was what truly gave goosebumps to those watching in the crowd.

Clark said that performing at a baseball game in any capacity is always a pleasure, especially given the patriotic history of the sport. 

“This is really the great American pastime,” Clark said. “Bringing people together, after the pandemic and after everything that has happened, I think that people are really ready to get psyched up about our country.”

After the pregame festivities came to a close it was time to play some baseball. The first pitch traveled to the plate at a blazing speed and left the bat at an even faster pace, clearing the fence and almost flirting with the harbor that lay just across the street. While it was a tough way for the Harbor Hawks to start the day, the feeling that baseball was back was an overwhelming joy that swept through the crowd.

Fans old and young flocked to the park and many brought four-legged friends with them. Many license plates had the familiar Massachusetts name on it, but states like Texas, Florida and even Ontario, Canada were all at the game too.

While the baseball on the field was riveting, it wasn’t the only action happening on the grounds. Intense soccer matches were being played in the open field beyond the first base side. As the game wore on, the soccer players were joined in their area by several young baseball players playing a classic game of catch. Also, when a foul ball left the stadium, children sprinted towards the final destination of said ball. One young fan was even able to grab a ball before it hit the ground, resulting in cheers from the entire stadium

Plenty of major league scouts were in attendance too, and the consistent oscillation of raising and lowering their radar guns was all in an effort to find their respective clubs next franchise player.

Despite falling down 3–0 early in the game, the Harbor Hawks were not about to give up easily. Pretty soon, the catchy “I feel good, just like I should'' from James Brown’s classic song “I Got You” was played to the tune of seven Harbor Hawk runs.

The 50/50 raffle made its return and was a favorite among attendees. Some prizes up for grabs were a T-Shirt, a Hy-Line Cruise ticket and of course the monetary prize that ended up being more than $200. 

Gameday intern Piper Hunt said that just being at a Cape League game in general was a great experience and is looking forward to the opportunities to come this summer with the 50/50 raffle and beyond.

“The one year break was really tough but being back at a baseball game is awesome,” Hunt said. “I loved being at the table and think this will be my favorite spot this summer

Gameday intern Catherine Ready appreciated the kindness that the fans displayed at the game and is excited to see just how populated the games will be.

“Everyone was really nice and social,” Ready said. “It was really great to get out and talk to the fans again. If we were this busy on the first night, I can only imagine how busy we will be the rest of the season.”

While the first pitch led to an early Cotuit lead, the last pitch smacked the catcher's glove and marked the first Harbor Hawk victory of the season. With the next home game occurring the following night, Harbor Hawks fans looked with glee at the rest of the season ahead of them.

For a recap of the game, check out the game stories tab

June 21, 2021

Byline: Jack Murray

Photo Credit: Sarah Goulart, @saragoul.art




 
Opening Night 2021: The Cape Cod Baseball League is Back
Posted Jun 20, 2021

The words everyone has been waiting to hear, Cape Cod baseball is back. After a cancelled 2020 season, the first pitch was finally thrown on Father’s Day and the Hyannis Harbor Hawks have officially partaken in its 2021 debut. 

Starting off the season at Bourne, adrenaline was high for not only the Hawks players, but the interns and fans as well. Everyone involved with the league had been anticipating this moment for over a year, and the crowd truly showed it. Fans were all over the park, bleachers were filled and many in attendance were standing just so they could catch a piece of the action. 

Although Bourne anticipated a large crowd, so many were in attendance that concessions were running low. Fans showed up from all over not only to watch good baseball, but to finally be a part of a tremendous atmosphere once again. From hearing the gasps of fans when someone makes a good play, to watching the younger fans chase after foul balls, everyone was excited to once again experience the game in its entirety. 

Opening day games across the entire league did not disappoint. The Hawks pitching staff put on a clinic to start the year, leaving fans at the edge of their seats to see who would score the first run of the season. However, Hyannis was not able to string together hits and lost a close game in the bottom of the 8th due to a Braves 3-run rally. 

Although intensity was high through all 9 innings of the game, fans were having a good time enjoying the atmosphere and watching the players showcase their talents.

 “Anytime you come to the Cape it's great,” said Mitchell Hartigan’s mother.  “It’s a great honor to finally be here and watch them compete.”

The Hawks may have lost a close game on opening day, however the season and the excitement has only just begun.

To find out more about how opening day went, check out the game story!

June 20, 2021

Byline: Bree Delio

Photo Credit: Sara Goulart, @saragoul.art