FSW baseball players competing at the highest level on Cape Cod

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LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Florida SouthWestern has developed one of the premiere baseball teams in the sunshine state. The team has won three consecutive conference titles and its players are beginning to get more opportunities.

This summer, five FSW players are competing in the Cape Cod Baseball League in Massachusetts. It is the oldest and most prestigious summer collegiate league in the country and brings in the best players.

“The Cape is the best of the best,” former FSW pitcher Nick Regalado said. “We have the best players in college come here, in front of 60 scouts every game.”

The league was founded in 1885. Players come and go throughout the summer depending on their schedules and other opportunities. With that being said, there are still only ten teams in the league. So, just getting an invitation to play up there is a major accomplishment.

“It’s like a D-I All-Star team basically that you’re going up against,” FSW rising sophomore Brian Holiday said. “I like to play against the best of the best competition.”

The majority of the players in the league come from Division I schools. It is very rare for junior college players to make a team. It is even more rare that one JUCO school has five players on the Cape.

Nick Regalado, Brian Holiday, Magnus Ellerts, Ben Peterson and Paul Winland all are playing for the Chatham Anglers this summer.

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The CCBL provides the players an opportunity to play against a higher level of competition than what they see down here.

“You can definitely see the difference between facing up against some of those JUCO baseball players and facing up against a future first-rounder,” Holiday said.

Plus, the Cape gives the players extra resources they wouldn’t normally get in other summer leagues.

“We have probably 40 years of experience in the MLB with our coaches,” Regalado said. “So, it’s trying to learn as much from them and trying to get some exposure.”

It’s a great opportunity for the players to get better and get their name out there, as well as grow the FSW baseball brand.

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