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Braves to Hold Annual Elections

Braves to Hold Annual Elections

The Bourne Athletic Association are set to hold their annual elections at the September 9th Board Meeting. The meeting will take place at the Upper Technical High School Conference Room at 6 pm. The following positions are up for election: General Manager Vice President Secretary Concessions Chairperson Field Maintenance Chairperson Vice President, Game Day Operations Anyone interested in one of the above positions should contact Nicole Norkevicius, Chair of the Nomination Committee, at nnorkevicius@yahoo.com or...

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Shapiro Catalyst For Braves Success

Shapiro Catalyst For Braves Success

BOURNE – Harvey Shapiro has been the unsung hero of the Bourne franchise. Through 13 seasons, four general managers and the ever-revolving door of Braves players, Shapiro has remained the driving force behind a team that proves to be in contention every season. The 2015 Braves are no different, and much credit is due to Shapiro who has coaxed a team that began its season 0-6-1 into the West Finals, just two wins away from the championship series. “We owe a lot to Harvey,” said Nicole Norkevicius, the president of the Bourne Braves. “He does so much work on and off the field to make sure we enjoy success, year in and year out. As far as managers go, he’s one of a kind.” Shapiro has served 18 years as a head coach in the Cape Cod Baseball League, 13 in Bourne and five in Falmouth as well as stints as an assistant coach in both Yarmouth-Dennis and Wareham. He’s the all-time wins leader in Bourne and continues to enjoy success, season after season. Being a Cape League manager is one of the tougher jobs in baseball because of the constant movement as players quickly come and go from rosters. He does massive amounts of preparation for each game, poring over potential batting orders and defensive alignments and preparing for opposing team’s game plans. The job requires constant recruiting; something Shapiro does without ceasing. “You wouldn’t even know I live on the Cape – I can’t go to the beach,” Shapiro said. “I’m on the phone left and right because one guy heads home due to an inning count or something and then I’m forced to call college coaches and find someone else to come play.” Norkevicius remembers being a host parent before becoming the president of the organization and appreciating Shapiro’s knack for winning baseball games. But until she began working with Shapiro closely to bring high-level amateur baseball to the residents of Bourne, she never knew just how much work Shapiro does off the field and to what capacity. No one really understands that his job as manager of the Braves doesn’t end with the summer. “Once, we met in early September to do some work securing a field for (a special event) coming in the next season,” Norkevicius said. “He already had names of players he wanted to come play in Bourne, which (college) coaches he had been in talks with and what we needed to do to make an even further run in the playoffs. The season had barely ended and he was already gearing up for the next one.” Though winning games nears the top of his priority list, it’s...

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Bourne falls to Hyannis 10-3 in Game 1 of West Finals

Bourne falls to Hyannis 10-3 in Game 1 of West Finals

HYANNIS ­­- Corey Bird (Marshall) rounded third headed for home after blasting a home run deep to center field. The infamous Harbor Hawk “screech” blared three times over the loudspeaker. Braves field manager Harvey Shapiro shook his head in disappointment. Bourne’s Nick Quattro (Endicott) who had just been taken deep pulled his hat off of his head to wipe his forehead, visibly frustrated. Game One of the West Division Finals was now far out of Bourne’s reach “That pitch got away from me and hung up there,” Quattro said. “They took advantage of my mistake and really took advantage of all our mistakes all night long.” A long towering home run off the bat of Bird had just brought the score to 10-3 Hyannis (27-19-1, 3-0) in the seventh inning and that’s where it would stay as Bourne (24-21-2 overall, 2-1 playoffs) fell to 0-1 in the second playoff series on its road to a Cape Cod Baseball League title. After falling to the Harbor Hawks Thursday night at McKeon Park, the Braves must win Friday night in Game 2 at Doran Park or they will be eliminated. The problems for the Braves began on the mound with starter Nick Jensen-Clagg (Kent State). The right-handed pitcher failed to keep the ball down in the zone and the Hyannis hitters made him pay. The Harbor Hawks walked four times in the 3.2 innings Jensen-Clagg pitched and strung together five hits to go with the bases on balls to notch four earned runs early. The No. 13 leading strikeout man in the CCBL didn’t have his best stuff as he only rung up three, the lowest in any start he made this summer. “They’re an extremely good hitting team. We fell behind and were forced to cater to them with hittable pitches because we kept going down 2-0 (in counts),” said pitching coach Jordan Tabakman. “… We left the ball up in the zone and it was not our night on the mound at all.” Tyler Deel (Florida Tech) took over for Jensen-Clagg and continued the Braves’ struggles on the mound. Deel was hit around for three earned runs in just 1.1 innings of work. The Harbor Hawks walked twice while the lefty was on the hill and he failed to prevent the three hits he allowed from coming at ill-timed situations. Jake DeCarli (Long Island) was the next Bourne pitcher to be abused by the Hyannis offense. He gave up another run and the score after his stint on the mound rested at 8-3. Quattro gave up the home run, but other than that one blemish, he kept the Harbor Hawks off the scoreboard. The...

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Playoff Preview: The Hyannis Harbor Hawks

Playoff Preview: The Hyannis Harbor Hawks

Thursday night the Bourne Braves (24-20-2 overall, 2-0 playoffs) take on the Hyannis Harbor Hawks (26-19-1, 2-0) in Game 1 of the West Division Finals at McKeon Park in Hyannis. Both teams swept their opening round opponents in two straight games and enjoyed a day’s rest Wednesday while waiting for the Orleans Firebirds and Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox matchup to be set. Hyannis beat Cotuit 10-3 in the first game and then finished the sweep with a 9-5 win over the Kettleers in Game 2. Game 2 will be played at the home of the Braves, Doran Park, at 6 p.m. on Friday. If necessary, the deciding Game 3 will be played back in Hyannis at 6 p.m.       Record:   26-19-1 overall, 2-0 in the playoffs   Last 10:   8-2 (includes playoffs)   Run differential:   +31   Team Playoff Leaders:   Average:   Bobby Melley (Connecticut) — .667 (4-for-6) Ryne Birk (Texas A&M) — .625 (5-for-8) Tristan Hildebrandt (Cal St Fullerton) — .444 (4-for-9)   Runs batted in:   Jacob Noll (Florida Gulf Coast) — 4 Tristan Hildebrandt — 3 Ryne Birk — 3   Earned run average (regular season):   Aaron Civale (Northeastern) — 0.36 (1 R / 1 ER / 25 IP) Kevin Roy (Columbia) — 0.65 (7 R / 1 ER / 13.2 IP) Dakota Hudson (Mississippi State) — (15 R / 8 ER / 42.2 IP)     Against Hyannis Bourne faced off against the best-in-the-West Harbor Hawks six times in the regular season. Here’s how the Braves fared:   Game 1: Bourne won 4-2 after the teams traded two runs in the first inning. The game remained locked at 2-2 until the fourth inning when Nick Solak (Louisville) delivered a two-run, two-out triple in the bottom of the seventh to right field. Solak’s extra-base hit turned the tide and Cody Sedlock (Illinois) was awarded the win after pitching two hitless innings in relief. Recap — Boxscore   Game 2: In the second time to two team’s squared off, Ryan Smoyer (Notre Dame) tossed 6.0 innings of scoreless baseball in the best of his three appearances this season, allowing only four hits. Reid Humphreys (Mississippi State) added a pair of hits and two RBIs to aid Bourne’s 3-0 win. Smoyer has since returned home but his performance would be remembered. Recap — Boxscore   Game 3: Sedlock made his first start of the summer against Hyannis on July 11th and he delivered 5.2 innings, gave up five hits, one earned run, two walks and struck out one. Doug Norman (LSU), Bryan Baker (North Florida) and Austin Conway (Indiana State) combined for 3.1 shutout innings out of the...

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Chatham, Driscoll Help Bourne Advance to Second Round

Chatham, Driscoll Help Bourne Advance to Second Round

WAREHAM – C.J. Chatham trotted off the dirt at Spillane Field after making the third out in the top of the eighth inning at second base as he tried to stretch his RBI single into a double. The shortstop from Florida Atlantic looked frustrated at his base-running mistake and shook his head as he headed towards the Braves dugout to collect his glove. His field manager, Harvey Shapiro, initially echoed Chatham’s sentiment by shaking his own head in a mix of what looked to disbelief and frustration, before eventually extending a fist towards Chatham so that the pair could exchange a celebratory fist-bump. Shapiro smiled and offered, “nice hit, C.J.,” before turning to head back to Bourne’s dugout himself. Chatham’s performance at the plate had single-handedly ignited the Braves offense and Shapiro knew that it helped Bourne complete its sweep of the Wareham Gatemen in the opening round of the playoffs. “If you produce, you’ll forgive a lot of things,” said Braves assistant coach Tyler Hancock, laughing. “He certainly produced tonight in a big way.” Chatham’s RBI single marked his fourth RBI of the night in a game where he was responsible for all four of the Braves’ runs. He was at his very best Tuesday night in a 4-0 Braves win at Spillane Field in Wareham as Bourne (24-20-2 overall, 2-0 playoffs) advances to the next round after making quick work of the Gatemen (17-27-2, 0-2) in two straight games. The shortstop went 2-4 with four RBIs and a three-run home run to bring his playoff batting average to a team-high .625 mark. “I have a lot of confidence right now at the plate,” Chatham said. “I’ve been hitting my best right now in the playoffs. It’s huge for this team to have a bat it didn’t before as we make a run to the championship.” Jacob Robson (Mississippi State) reached on a fielder’s choice in the second at-bat of the first inning and Brendan McKay (Louisville) singled with two outs to bring runners to first and third. Chatham has been buried towards the bottom of the lineup at times this season, but after going 6-for-12 over his last three games, Shapiro slated him fifth in the order Tuesday in a decision that paid major dividends. Coming up in a crucial two-out situation, Chatham delivered his second home run of the summer to give Bourne a 3-0 lead before Wareham even came to bat once. There was no doubt the ball was clearing the fence in left field and it landed high in the bleachers that overlook the outfield at Wareham’s park. “Nice hitting C.J.,” Shapiro said as Chatham rounded third on his home-run trot....

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Sedlock Shines as Braves Begin Playoffs With 7-1 Win

Sedlock Shines as Braves Begin Playoffs With 7-1 Win

BOURNE – Cody Sedlock (Illinois) left the mound after the top of the seventh in the same fashion that he began the top of the first- calm, stoic and showing little emotion. Monday night marked the beginning of the Cape Cod Baseball League playoffs and on the biggest stage Sedlock or any of the Braves had played on all summer, Sedlock was unfazed. He delivered his best performance of the summer in the most significant contest to date. He had worked himself into a mini- jam by allowing a hit in that seventh inning, but once he induced a groundout for his 21st out of the night, Sedlock walked steadily and slowly off the mound to the Braves dugout. He finally cracked a smile as he reached the dugout steps, pounded fists with pitching coach Jordan Tabakman and exchanged high-fives with his Bourne teammates. Wareham (17-25-2, 0-1 playoffs) was anything but smiles as Sedlock dominated the Gatemen to give Bourne (22-20-2, 1-0) a 7-1 win Monday night at Doran Park and in doing so, he put his team in control of the three-game series. The righty allowed only one run over seven innings of work and his appearance was the longest by any Bourne pitcher this summer. “It’s great to go seven innings extended,” Sedlock said. “I love working multiple at-bats against different guys and going out and competing. This was the most enjoyable (start) I’ve had and I think my best too.” Sedlock threw 98 pitches over the seven frames to earn the win. A Bourne offensive explosion early meant Sedlock was able to throw late into the ballgame and save arms in the back of the bullpen for future, tighter contests. “Cody was firing on all cylinders with all his pitches working tonight,” Tabakman said. “It was really fun to watch him dominate and show why he’s among the best.” Sedlock had faced Wareham just last Sunday, June 26th, and the game plan going into the game was to attack the Gatemen early in counts, which is when the team tends to be more aggressive and swing away. That familiarity and preparation paid off as he sat the side down in order to start his night in the first inning. Then the Bourne offense took over in a night to remember. The score quickly became 1-0 in favor of the Braves as Brendan McKay (Louisville) walked to ignite a two-out rally. Peter Alonso (Florida) followed with a walk of his own before No. 5 hitter Reid Humphreys continued his scorching ways at the plate with a single through the left side of the infield. McKay came around to score on the base...

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In Good Hands: Tabakman Leads Bourne Pitchers Into Playoffs

In Good Hands: Tabakman Leads Bourne Pitchers Into Playoffs

BOURNE – Last June, Jordan Tabakman was slated to join the Bourne Braves as a temporary pitcher. After battling injuries for the majority of his college career and even pitching his junior season while battling tendonitis in his elbow, Tabakman opted instead to spend the summer recuperating. He took the season off to get healthy for his senior campaign at the University of Connecticut. Though he missed a season in the Cape League, Tabakman spent his offseason practicing yoga and the rest paid off as he had his best season for the Huskies the following spring. After turning down the offer to pitch in the Cape League, Tabakman never would have guessed he’d be back in Bourne so soon. This season, instead of pitching for the Braves, he’s now a member of the Braves coaching staff and guiding the pitchers who just last season could have been his peers. “I knew since I started playing that once I stopped, I would want to go into coaching,” Tabakman said. “It’s been a really cool experience jumping from player to coach in the same year and being able to have this on a resume – coaching in the most prestigious summer league – is just awesome for my future in coaching.” Tabakman pitched his last collegiate game on May 22nd before joining the Braves in the first week of June to begin coaching and has enjoyed tremendous success. Entering the playoffs Monday, the rookie coach has coaxed his Bourne Braves pitching staff to a 2.77 ERA, third lowest in the league, and the highest K/BB ratio in the league, 3.03:1 , in the regular season. Braves field manager Harvey Shapiro thinks that pitching coach is one of the hardest jobs in the league because of the difficulties managing equal parts pitch counts and personalities that each pitcher brings to Bourne. Each pitcher wants to be “the guy” for the Braves and it’s part of Tabakman’s job to convince each pitcher in the rotation and in the bullpen to foster a team-first attitude in a league that is, first and foremost, a talent showcase. “He’s risen to the challenges of the job,” Shapiro said. “I was more hands on at the beginning of the season as it was his first go-around, but Jordan’s impressed. He has a presence and he’s smart about the game.” While Shapiro uses the metaphor of “library books” for the pitchers he signs for the summer – on rental and to be returned in the same condition – Tabakman has done a stellar job of helping pitchers develop. He has helped clean up their mechanics or experiment with new grips on pitches they’re...

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