That’s a few too many acronyms in the headline, but the truth is that four former Valley Leaguers won a league title with the Cotiut Ketteleers, the 2019 Cape Cod League champions.
First of all, Oraj Anu (Kentucky) won his second summer league title in as many seasons, as he was a crucial bat in the middle of the New Market lineup in 2018. Anu hit .248/.275/.457 in the regular season over 105 at-bats, with two doubles, a triple, and six home runs. He hit .310/.412/.483 in 29 playoff at-bats, adding another two doubles and one home run. He also participated in the league home run derby at Fenway Park.
Andrew Czech (Walsh) should be a familiar name to readers here, as he was one of the best hitters this summer with the Staunton Braves. Czech left after the first round of the playoffs to join Cotuit at the end of the Cape’s regular season. He went 1-7 in the regular season, and 0-1 in the playoffs.
Evan Justice (Charlottesville 2018, North Carolina State) went 0-3, 6.75 in 20 regular season innings, and then threw three shutout innings in the playoffs while winning a game.
Kyle Nicolas (Charlottesville 2018, Ball State) showed off his electric fastball for the Ketteleers. In the regular season, he went 1-2, 6.28, with four saves and 31 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings pitched. In the playoffs, he went 0-1, 1.50, with nine strikeouts in six innings while accumulating two saves.
Congrats to all four!