Cotuit, Mass.—UMBC baseball redshirt sophomore Stephen Schoch (Laurel, Md./Appalachian State) has been called up to join the Cotuit Kettleers of the prestigious Cape Cod League, it was announced last week. Schoch sat out this past spring after transferring from Appalachian State.
Schoch helped the Bethesda Big Train win the Cal Ripken League title for the second consecutive year after posting a stellar season with the team. The Laurel native came in with one on and one out in the eighth inning of the decisive game three against the Baltimore Redbirds and got a huge strikeout to keep the Big Train in front.
"Congratulations to Stephen on earning a spot in the Cape Cod League. He had a great season in the Cal Ripken League and we expect him to have a great end to the summer season and are excited for him to be a big part of our team next year," head coach Bob Mumma said on Schoch.
He joins teammate Jacob Christian (Nokesville, Va./Patriot) and former Retriever Zach Clark '07 as the only three Retrievers to earn spots on Cape Cod League teams.
About the Cape Cod League:
The Cape Cod Baseball League celebrates its 132nd season in 2017 and continues to provide fans with competitive baseball entertainment in which the country's top college players display multidimensional skills in their purest form.
After being populated mostly by GIs returning from World War I in 1919 and WW II in the late 1940s, the CCBL continued to be populated by a combination of local and regional college players until 1963, when it became officially sanctioned by the NCAA.
Following a decade (1974-84) of using aluminum bats, the Cape League became the first collegiate summer league to use wooden bats in 1985 and became even more popular with major league scouts and college players and coaches.
With more than 1,100 all time alumni performing at all levels of professional baseball, in 2016 a record total 297 former Cape Leaguers populate major league rosters, including New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury(Falmouth 2004), former Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum (Harwich '05), slugging first baseman Mark Texeira(Orleans '99), AL Manager of the Year Eric Wedge (Yarmouth-Dennis '88), AL Comeback Player of the Year Carlos Pena (Harwich '96 / Wareham '97) former Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito (Wareham '97 & '98), former AL batting champion Nomar Garciaparra (Orleans '93), former NL Fireman of the Year Billy Wagner (Brewster '92) and New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (Cotuit '84).