Last week the Bourne Braves released temporary right-handed pitcher Brad Raley (Lake Erie). But it didn’t take long for the big right-handed pitcher to find a place to play. Raley headed for the New Hampshire lakes region and found a spot in the New England Collegiate Baseball League with the Laconia Muskrats.
The team activated the contracts of first baseman Zander Weil (Vanderbilt) and catcher Jason Delay (Vanderbilt) last week, as well as re-activating the contract of Jimmy Herget (South Florida). The team released temporary infielder Logan Ratledge (NC State).
Saturday Night Autographs
Saturday night after their 6 PM game against the Chatham Anglers at Doran Park, the Bourne Braves will hold an autograph signing with all players available to sign autographs for fans.
The Friendly’s Cape League All-Star game will be played this year on Sunday, July 27, at 6 PM at Doran Park, the home of the Bourne Braves. Tickets may be purchased for $5 each with a self-addressed stamped envelope mailed to, CCBL Tickets, 449 Braggs Lane, Barnstable, MA 02630. Tickets are also available at all 10 Cape League fields.
Youth baseball clinics sponsored by the Bourne Braves are in full swing and will continue throughout the season. The clinics are held Monday through Thursday from 9 to 11:30 AM at Doran Park. Clinics are for boys and girls ages 5 to 12. Two additional clinics will be offered for 12 to 15-year-old players beginning July 7 and July 21. For clinic registration information, visit the Bourne Braves website at bournebraves.org.
Last year Bourne Braves outfielder Mark Laird (LSU) had two stolen bases during the regular season. Back at Doran Park again this summer Laird is running. At midweek he was tied with Yarmouth-Dennis first baseman and LSU teammate Andrew Stevenson for the top spot in steals in the Cape League this summer with 11. Bourne’s Richie Martin Jr. is also in the mix at just one stolen base back with 10.
Four members of the Bourne Braves have been swinging their bats at over .400 this week. At midweek Richie Martin Jr. (Florida) was hitting .458 over the previous six games. Billy Fleming (West Virginia) was swinging away at a six-game .455 clip and Blake Davey (Connecticut) was hitting .450. Rounding out the .400 club this week for Bourne is Brett Sullivan, who in four games has hit .412. For the season, Martin leads the club with a batting average of .356, which as of Wednesday was fourth best in the league.