When looking at this summer’s Cape Cod Baseball League rosters, Richard Brereton could have been considered an outlier.
The Darien, Conn., native spends his spring at Emory University. The Atlanta-based power has won 13 championships in the competitive University Athletic Association and made six Division 3 College World Series appearances.
It is clear that the Eagles play competitive baseball, but one of Brereton’s goals as a member of the Cape League champion Cotuit Kettleers this summer was to help shun the label placed on those from the D3 ranks once and for all.
“It may be harder for us Division 3 players to get a look or have the opportunity to play down on the Cape, but I was so lucky to be able to get that chance,” said Brereton, an All-UAA first-team selection in each of the past two seasons and also a former Rookie of the Year. “I met so many great guys from all over the country — the ACC, Pac-12, SEC, Ivy League, schools that I’d never heard of anybody going to. It was special seeing your name on that roster.”
That is what has made the Cape League so special for so long. D1 or D3? SEC or UAA? It doesn’t matter where a player comes from because the baseball is all the same. The league allows players from all collegiate levels to come together and prove themselves. Brereton relished that chance.