Category Archives: Division 2


CBD Column: Breaking Down the CCBL All-Star Pitchers

The Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game took place last Friday evening at Fenway Park. The Eastern Division picked up the 4-1 victory over the Western Division behind some sloppy defense by the Western Division All-Stars and a homer from James Ramsey of Florida State. (Full Recap). Here are my Top Five Pitchers from the game. Continue reading


Breaking down the CCBL All-Star Game by Conference/Teams

Since the Cape Cod Baseball League announced their 2011 All-Star Game rosters on Friday, lets take a look at what conferences and college programs have had the most success this summer. The leading conference this year is the Pac-10 conference which features eight players from seven different school. Coming in second place is the SEC which has six players from four different schools. Interesting enough, the ACC and Big East conference both have four players in the game this year which speaks to how strong the the Big East over the last couple of seasons. Continue reading


CBD Journal with Ray Ricker (Post University/Mystic Schooners)

Hello everyone. Welcome back to my blog. After a couple of days off from Post Baseball it was that time again, time to get back on the bus. I am entering my 3rd year in the New England Collegiate League which is widely regarded as one of the top 3 summer leagues in the country. This is my second season as Manager in the league. I really enjoy the opportunity to coach and teach some of the best players in the country. Watching the Major League Baseball Draft gets a lot more interesting not only because of the players that I have coached getting selected in the draft but also seeing what players might not be coming to your summer club. While at Post during the season I am calling and receiving emails from coaches all over the country and have the chance to select my team for the summer. This summer I am the Manager for the Mystic Schooners, my first question was what in the world is a schooner? It is a boat, I’ll save everyone the google search. Continue reading


2011 Division 2 Baseball Brackets Announced

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA Division II Baseball Committee has selected the 48 teams that will participate in the 2011 NCAA Division II Baseball Championship.

The championship provides for eight regional sites – six sites will host six teams, the West region will host four teams and the South region will host eight teams.  All regionals are double-elimination tournaments and will be played at on-campus sites May 19-23.  Regional champions will advance to the double-elimination championship finals May 28-June 4 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.  The finals will be hosted by Mount Olive College and the town of Cary, North Carolina. Continue reading


CBD Journal with Ray Ricker (May 10th)

Well it’ that time of the year again for our team. Its time for the second season. This is the season that we have prepared for day in and day out since the fall. This is the time that you dream of the stakes are raised and everything you do matters. Playoff baseball, there is nothing like it and we have the opportunity to play Chestnut Hill College at home for our schools first ever playoff game we have hosted. Continue reading


CBD Journal with Ray Ricker (May 3rd)

This season has never really caught a rhythm with all of the rainouts and cancellations of games but we are right at the finish line of the regular season. It seems as a short while ago I was writing about our indoor practices and a season full of optimism. Good thing for us we have had a pretty successful year on the diamond and it makes you not want to stop playing for a very long time. We have one game left in the regular season versus a very good UMass-Lowell team who we played earlier in the week and lost on a dramatic walk off homerun. Continue reading


CBD Journal with Ray Ricker (April 19th)

Hello everyone. Sorry I have been a little erratic with the blog but it has been a crazy time. It seems as if every other game we are getting rained out. We have played many games since then and are doing a good job of staying in close ball games. Currently we are 19-11 and we sit in third place in the CACC at 9-5 with 6 games coming up in the next two weeks. This stretch is what we have been waiting for as many teams in our league are making their playoff push. Continue reading


ACC Recap for April 7th

Here is your ACC Recap for April 7th.

#9 Florida State 10 Valdosta State 2

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Redshirt freshman David Trexler earned his first career victory as No. 7 Florida State rolled past Valdosta State, 10-2 at Dick Howser Stadium.

In a pre-arranged controlled start, Trexler (1-0) tossed three innings of shutout baseball, surrendering only a pair of infield singles. The lanky right-hander established a new career high with four strikeouts in his second start and fifth appearance. He did not issue a walk. Continue reading


CBD Journal with Ray Ricker (March 29th)

Consistency. It is a word that every coach uses on a daily basis. Consistency in your swing, mechanics on the mound, weight room, and in the classroom. It is much easier coaching and working with a known product then trying to deal with the unknown. Our players have done a great job at working at being consistent in their work on and off the diamond. It seems as if we can’t get into a consistent swing with Mother Nature. It feels like every week I stare at my computer, start thinking about the week that has gone by and write about some of the things that have gone on, seems easy enough. Not an easy task when you cannot get onto a field because of rain or in my case I had to cancel our conference doubleheader with Bloomfield because of snow! Snow in late March is not what you plan on as a baseball coach. Continue reading


CBD Journal with Ray Ricker (March 22nd)

Welcome back everyone. It is great to be home in the Northeast getting ready for some cold conference baseball. The short sleeves are a distance memory of what we have been dealing with for the past week and a long time to come. Our field has not been ready for us to get on our field so we have been back to our old tricks of gym practices, BP, and our team lifts. Such is the life of Northeastern teams. Continue reading