Yarmouth, MA (PRWEB) August 18, 2016
Scott Pickler, the veteran manager of the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL), captured his team’s 3rd consecutive league championship this past weekend in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Pickler and the Y-D Red Sox are one of only two teams in CCBL history to have completed a “3-peat” championship; the last time this occurred was in 1973 thru 1975 by the Cotuit Kettleers. The Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox lost Game 1 of the best of three series before storming back to win Games 2 and 3 for the CCBL Title. Game 3 featured a 2-hit shutout by the Y-D Pitching staff, en route to a 3-0 victory, and their 3rd consecutive Arnold Maycock Trophy.
This was Scott Pickler’s 6th Cape Cod League Championship, which ties him with Bill Livesey for the most all-time Cape Championships. Pickler, a highly-successful and widely-respected California Community College Coach with 5 State Championships at Cypress Junior College, has amassed 441 wins (2nd most all-time) over 19 seasons as the manager for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.
“I am incredibly proud of this team for bouncing back from a difficult start to the season and ultimately winning the Arnold Mycock Trophy. This championship is for each of the players, but the 3-peat victory is for the town of Yarmouth and the many generous volunteers who donate their time and efforts year round,” said Coach Scott Pickler.
Y-D initially lost its first five games of the regular season. “I just thought they were all working too hard and trying too hard,” Pickler said of the early season slump. The team’s starting shortstop Kevin Smith of the University of Maryland remembers the day after starting 0-5. “There was the famous Coach Pick bonfire,” Smith said. “We went out to third base and he dug a hole and threw some stuff in it, and lit it on fire. Coach said, ‘That’s it, that’s all that’s going to be. Forget about those last five games. Now, let’s go win a championship.’”
Pickler describes the secret to Y-D’s success by saying, “I’ve had players that play hard every night they come out here. I try to get guys that don’t take days off.”
The Cape Cod Summer Collegiate Baseball League consists of 10 teams playing a 44-game regular season schedule from June through August. The players represent the elite collegiate baseball talent in the country. The Cape Cod League is widely considered the most competitive amateur wood-bat baseball league in the world. More than 1,100 major league players, including 256 currently on MLB rosters, and several Hall of Famers, competed in the Cape Cod Baseball League as amateur players.
Current Major Leaguers include Buster Posey, Chris Sale, Gordon Beckham, Jason Castro, Michael Bourn, Nick Hundley, Jake Lamb, Grant Green, Joe Panik, Stephen Piscotty, Justin Turner, Anthony DeSclafani, Joe Kelly, Will Harris, and David Robertson, all who played for Scott Pickler and the Y-D Red Sox.
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