Two former North Adams SteepleCats players join Cape Cod League teams for playoffs
The North Adams SteepleCats finished 8 1/2 games out of an NECBL Northern Division playoff spot in 2018. That doesn't mean that some of the members of manager Justin Sumner's squad won't be playing in the post-season.
First baseman Jackson Coutts and outfielder Jeffery Brown, both NECBL All-Star team members, are still in Massachusetts playing for a team in the Cape Cod League.
Both left North Adams at the conclusion of the SteepleCats' 15-28 season. They are now members of the Cape League's Wareham Gatemen, and will play in the Cape's playoffs that start Saturday.
The Gatemen won the West Division title, finishing one point ahead of the Hyannis Harbor Hawks.
The playoffs are best-of-three series. Wareham will host Cotuit, and then travel to Cotuit on Sunday afternoon. There will be an "if" game on Monday night.
Coutts and Brown continue a recent trend of SteepleCats heading east when the NECBL season is over. Last year, pitcher Blake Whitney went to Bourne and helped pitch the Braves into the playoffs. But Whitney and his team lost in the first round of the tournament to Brewster. Eddie Haus, who is currently a member of the Futures League's Worcester Bravehearts, finished up last season with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. That team is the No. 1 seed in the Cape Cod League's tournament.
Coutts and Brown both finished in the top 15 of NECBL hitters. Coutts, the rising sophomore from Rhode Island, was fourth in the league with a .376 batting average. he had three home runs and 28 runs batted in.
Brown was 15th in the league with a .325 average. The Gatemen will likely enjoy his quickness, as the rising junior from The Citadel stole 16 bases in 19 attempts for the SteepleCats.
Coutts and Brown will be joined in Wareham by former New Bedford pitcher Serafino Brito.
Coutts and Brown are just two of 10 newcomers to the Cape Cod League from other New England summer leagues. Nine of them came from the NECBL.
The one Futures League player was pitcher Ben Shields. The UMass pitcher went from the Brockton Rox to the Harwich Mariners for the playoffs. Brockton is in the Futures League playoffs.
Infielder Randy Taveras of Danbury will finish up with the Yarmouth-Dennis club, pitcher A.J. Franklin of Upper Valley is moving to Hyannis, pitcher C.J. Danderneau of New Bedford will finish in Chatham, catcher-first baseman Steve Passatempo is going from Winnipesaukee to Orleans, catcher Robert Emery of New Bedford is going to Harwich, while outfielder left New Bedford for Cotuit.
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