Evan Sleight has always wanted to follow fellow Framingham, Mass., native Lou Merloni’s career path to the big leagues, and he’s fully aware that the hometown hero’s journey passed through the Cape League with the Bourne Braves.
This summer, Sleight is getting a chance to check the Cape League box on his wish list. For the first time in his career, he is spending his summer on the Cape with the Bourne Braves.
“I’m loving it,” Sleight said. “It’s always been a lifelong dream. A bunch of people that I’ve looked up to have played on the Cape. I love everything about the league and what it represents.”
Sleight was a three-time First Team All-ISL selection at Belmont Hill before graduating in 2019. He started his college career at the University of Virginia before transferring to Rutgers, where he started 93 games the last two seasons. This spring, he hit .310 with eight home runs and 48 RBI.
Sleight recently agreed to let NEBJ photographer Kyle Prudhomme shadow him for a day on the Cape. Here’s a look at how his day unfolded.