The return of baseball on Cape Cod is one of New England’s truest signs of summer.
The Cape Cod Baseball League — featuring the best amateur baseball in the country right in our own backyard — began its 74th season Monday night with five games across the Cape. Players from all of the nation’s top college baseball programs will descend upon our region over the next two months, but there also are plenty of opportunities for locals to strut their stuff against the best.
The first few weeks of the summer are an especially crucial chance for many New Englanders who are used as temporary players, filling roster spots until players complete their college seasons in NCAA Super Regionals or the College World Series.
Led by longtime former Northeastern and Boston College assistant coach Steve Englert, the Harwich Mariners had five New Englanders in their starting lineup during Monday’s season opener at Falmouth. Brown outfielder Joe Lomuscio — a West Roxbury, Mass., native and recent All-Ivy League selection — drove in the M’s first run of the season on a double.