The Cape Cod Baseball League 2010 season gets underway today in Wareham as the only game on the schedule features a match-up of division rivals as the Wareham Gatemen face the Cotuit Kettleers at 5:00pm at Spillane Field. Big East All-Conference pitcher and Team USA invitee Matt Barnes (UCONN) will be handed the ball and gets the start on the mound for the Gatemen.
The last time the Gatemen took the field it was also against the Kettleers as the Gatemen fell to Cotuit 5-2 in the opening round of the 2009 CCBL playoffs. The two franchises and CCBL Western Division rivals have a long and successful history in the league; ranking #1 (Wareham) and #2 (Cotuit) in total wins in league since 1981. Cotuit is led by head coach Mike Roberts – who was also at the helm of the Gatemen before moving to Cotuit. Roberts is the father of MLB star and Baltimore Oriole Brian Roberts. The Kettleers have won a league best 14 CCBL championships and have made it to the championship each of the last two seasons.
The Wareham Gatemen are led by heach coach Cooper Farris who is entering his 10th summer in Wareham. Farris won CCBL championships in 2001 & 2002 and Wareham has won 6 overall league titles. Coach Farris has a revamped coaching staff that includes former major leaguer Bill Selby and pitching coach John Foster who also spent time in the majors. Coach Farris is hoping to rebound from 3 seasons in which the best record was the 19-19-6 record of last year’s playoff team. The Gatemen last made the championship round in 2006 when they fell to the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in a best of three series.
Today’s opening game will feature two teams dealing with rosters affected greatly by college baseball’s super-regionals and Team USA tryouts. The Kettleers have 5 players that have been invited to tryout for Team USA and the Gatemen roster features 3 players that are on the trials roster. Today’s Gatemen starting pitching, Matt Barnes, and his UCONN teammate George Springer — last year’s Gatemen MVP, will stay in Wareham until they leave for Cary, NC in early July for the tryout. The Gatemen have 6 players still competing in the NCAA baseball championships this weekend in the super-regional round. See our roster page for the most up to date Gatemen roster and click over to the Cotuit website for the Kettleer roster.
Opening ceremonies at today’s game will include a presentation to league president Judy Scarafile, a recognition of our armed forces, national anthem by Massachusetts State Trooper Dan Clark and more. The players will be wearing special red shirts in honor of our troops today as will each home team on Fridays throughout the season.
If you can’t make it down to Spillane Field for Opening Day ceremonies and the ballgame, be sure to tune into our live webcast that you can find on our pressbox page. Our revamped broadcast will be delivered on the web through UStreamTV.com and the video will be provided by Wareham Community Television, who will be using 4 cameras positioned around Spillane Field. The play by play will be brought to you by the new Wareham Gatemen Broadcast Team of Chris Aliano and Eric Silverman.