Cape Cod High School Baseball Teams Set to Battle

FRANKLIN — With one of the most brutal, snowbound springs now but a hopeful, distant memory, 11 of Cape Cod’s high school baseball teams remain and will begin their quest for postseason glory starting Wednesday with Sturgis East and West, Monomoy and Nantucket, all in Division 4.

Nauset's Chris Holcomb will likely pitch Saturday versus Milton in the MIAA Division 2 South Sectional.

Nauset’s Chris Holcomb will likely pitch Saturday versus Milton in the MIAA Division 2 South Sectional.

Sturgis West (9-7), which picked up the 15th seed out of 20 Division 4 teams that earned a postseason bid and will be making the school’s first-ever MIAA postseason appearance, will face 18th-seeded Archbishop Williams (9-9) at home (likely at Cape Cod Academy) on Thursday at 4:00 pm in a preliminary round. Sturgis East (10-10), in its 4th straight postseason tournament, picked up the 19th seed out of 20 teams and will hit the road to face 14th-seeded Cohasset (11-7) at Cohasset High School on Thursday at 4:00 pm, also in a preliminary round game. The Monomoy Regional High School squad (11-7) got the 13th seed and will face 20th-seeded Millis (3-17) at BFC Whitehouse Field in Harwich on Thursday at 4:00 pm (preliminary round). The 17th-seed Nantucket Whalers (8-8) head to 16th-seed Westport (10-8) on Thursday at 4:00 pm (preliminary round).

Barnstable High School (10-10), the Cape’s sole Division 1 South baseball representative, has been in every MIAA South Sectional since 1997 but has not won the South Sectional title since 1988. The Red Raiders are seeded 11th out of 11 teams in the south and will hit the road on Thursday, June 4, to face 6th-seeded Walpole (12-8) at Walpole High School at 4:00 pm.

On Friday, June 5, Mashpee (15-7), Upper Cape Tech (13-7) and  St. John Paul II (19-1/18-0) — who each received a bye from the preliminary round — will all face opponents in the first round of play. Mashpee, seeded 6th in Division 4, will face Southeastern Regional (13-7) at 4:00 pm on Friday at home. Upper Cape Tech (13-7) will square off on the road against Diman Regional (13-5) on Friday, also at 4:00 pm. The top-seeded St. John Paul II Lions, who captured their fifth straight Cape & Islands League title and are the defending Div. 4 State Champs, will play the winner of the Westport-Nantucket game on Thursday. The Lions will host the first round match-up at 6:00 pm at McKeon Park in Hyannis.

St. John Paul II righty ace Joe Oriola will likely get the starting nod Friday night for the Lions. Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports Photos

St. John Paul II righty ace Joe Oriola will likely get the starting nod Friday night for the Lions.
Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports Photos

Dennis-Yarmouth (10-8) and Martha’s Vineyard (10-10) are the Cape’s only Division 3 teams in this year’s South Sectionals, with 7th-seeded D-Y set to play Friday, June 5, at 3:00 pm at Merrill “Red” Wilson Field on Station Avenue in South Yarmouth. The Dolphins will face 10th seed Ashland (10-10).

On Saturday, June 6, Martha’s Vineyard will head to Norton (11-9) for a 2:00 pm start. Number three seed Nauset (16-4) also plays Saturday after receiving a bye from the preliminary round in Division 2 seedings, and the Warriors will face 14th seed Milton (11-9) at 6:00 pm at Eldredge Park in Orleans.

MIAA Division 1 South Sectionals Baseball Seedings:
1. Mansfield (15-5) .750
2. Silver Lake (14-5) .737
3. Taunton (13-7) .650
4. Franklin (13-7) .650
5. Brookline (14-8) .636
6. Walpole (12-8) .600
7. New Bedford (12-8) .600
8. Catholic Memorial (11-9) .550
9. Wellesley (11-9) .550
10. Norwood (10-10) .500
11. Barnstable (10-10) .500
(Print Bracket)

MIAA Division 2 South Sectionals Baseball Seedings:
1. Westwood (20-0) 1.000
2. Middleboro (16-4) .800
3. Nauset (16-4) .800
4. Somerset (15-5) .750
5. Medfield (15-5) .750
6. Dighton-Rehoboth (15-5) .750
7. Oliver Ames (14-6) .700
8. Plymouth North (14-6) .700
9. Bishop Feehan (13-6) .684
10. Hingham (12-8) .600
11. Duxbury (12-8) .600
12. Pembroke (12-8) .600
13. Dartmouth (9-7) .563
14. Milton (11-9) .550
15. Milford (11-9) .550
16. Greater New Bedford RVT (9-9) .500
17. Canton (10-10) .500
(Print Bracket)

MIAA Division 3 South Sectionals Baseball Seedings:
1. Fairhaven (17-2) .895
2. East Bridgewater (16-2) .889
3. Old Rochester (17-3) .850
4. Bellingham (12-8) .600
5. Norwell (12-8) .600
6. Apponequet (9-7) .563
7. Dennis-Yarmouth (10-8) .556
8. Norton (11-9) .550
9. Martha’s Vineyard (10-10) .500
10. Ashland (10-10) .500
11. Dedham (8-12) .400
12. Hanover (7-12) .368
13. Scituate (6-14) .300
(Print Bracket)

MIAA Division 4 South Sectionals Baseball Seedings:
1. St. Pope John Paul II (18-0) 1.000
2. West Bridgewater (16-2) .889
3. Old Colony (14-4) .778
4. Holbrook (13-5) .722
5. Diman Reg. (13-5) .722
6. Mashpee (15-7) .682
7. Maimonides (8-4) .667
8. Marian (13-7) .650
9. Blue Hills Reg. (13-7) .650
10. Abington (13-7) .650
11. Southeastern Reg. (13-7) .650
12. Upper Cape (13-7) .650
13. Monomoy (11-7) .611
14. Cohasset (11-7) .611
15. Sturgis Charter West (9-7) .563
16. Westport (10-8) .556
17. Nantucket (8-8) .500
18. Archbishop Williams (9-9) .500
19. Sturgis Charter East (10-10) .500
20. Millis (3-17) .150
(Print Bracket)

— Sean Walsh is the sports editor for www.capecod.com. His email is [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @coachwalshccbm

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