The end of a summer collegiate baseball season can be a crazy time.
Most coaches have to deal with players coming and going, innings limits and more as they prepare their teams for the playoffs at the end of the 44- or 56-game schedule.
Steve Englert found himself in that exact position a week ago as his Harwich Mariners prepared to begin the charge to their first Cape Cod Baseball League championship series since 2011.
“We had played something like 22 days in a row and had just clinched a playoff spot. We used every bullet in our gun and had nobody left,” said Englert, the longtime former Boston College and Northeastern assistant coach who has spent the past 18 summers as the Harwich manager. “I was in scramble mode calling everybody just to get a couple of arms so I didn't have to throw position players.”
As it turned out, two Division 3 products were exactly who Englert needed.