College Notebook: Harwich's Menendez Hits Stride in Cape Cod League


July 15 - After a rough first outing in the Cape Cod League, Antonio Melendez rebounded and has posted consecutive quality starts for the Harwich Mariners. 

The Herndon graduate, a rising junior at Wake Forest, scattered five hits and allowed one run over 6.1 innings in Harwich’s 2-0 loss to the Cotuit Kettleers on Thursday. In his previous start, he scattered two hits while striking out eight and walking one in six innings in a 6-4 win over the Brewster Whitecaps on July 4. 

Menendez enters the day having compiled a 3.43 ERA with 18 strikeouts to five walks in 18.1 innings. The right-hander, who throws from a sidearm angle, has surrendered just three runs over 17.1 innings after surrendering four in one frame in his debut on June 10 against the Falmouth Commodores. 

Two of Menendez’ teammates with Harwich, James Madison right-hander Nick Stewart (Rock Ridge) and Wake Forest outfielder Michael Ludowig (Briar Woods), have had mixed results this summer.  

Stewart has flashed the ability that has enabled him to post a 2.79 ERA in 135.1 innings over his two seasons with the Dukes - recording 19 strikeouts to just two walks - but two rough outings has ballooned his ERA to 6.75 in 14.2 innings. Ludowig cooled off after a fast start, but the 2017 NOVA Nine Player of the Year may be heating up again after going 3-for-7 in two games over the weekend. He’s hitting .250 in 64 at-bats. 

Three other pitchers from Northern Virginia, William & Mary’s Wade Strain (Lake Braddock) and Chris Farrell (Flint Hill) and Virginia’s Kyle Whitten (Osbourn Park) have struggled in the nation’s premier summer collegiate league. Strain was released by Harwich after just one outing, permitting four runs (three earned) on seven hits over four innings in a 4-1 loss to Bourne on June 17. Whitten is 0-1 with a 11.57 ERA and eight strikeouts to 10 walks in 11.2 innings with Hyannis, and Farrell is 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA and 11 strikeouts to 17 walks in 15 innings with Cotuit. 

Big Train’s Colangelo Inducted With Inaugural Cal Ripken League Hall of Fame

Sal Colangelo, a 1991 graduate of Potomac who later played at Virginia Tech, was inducted last week as one of the five members in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League’s inaugural class. 

Since being hired as the manager of the Big Train in 2005, he has guided the league’s premier club to five outright championships and a share of two others. He entered the day with a 430-176 record as Bethesda’s manager. 

Colangelo, who set a Potomac single-season record with 52 stolen bases en route to second-team All-Met honors by The Washington Post in 1991, served as an assistant at Christopher Newport University and then with the Panthers and Big Train from 1999-2004. 

Also inducted were the league’s two co-founders, Bruce Adams and Dean Albany, as as well as current Major Leaguers Brett Cecil and Brian Dozier. Cecil, who attended Maryland, played with the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts in 2005 and was a first-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2007. He’s currently in his 10th year in the big leagues as a pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals. Dozier, the Washington Nationals’ second baseman, played with the Big Train in 2006 following his freshman year at Southern Mississippi. 

Madison Grad Cassady Hired as Assistant at Roanoke

Cam Cassady, a 2009 graduate of Madison, was hired earlier this month as an assistant coach at Roanoke College. 

Cassady has spent the past four seasons as an assistant at Richmond’s Benedictine, which has won the pasty two Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I state championships. He played for two seasons at Roanoke, hitting .307 in 65 games in 2013-14. 

Roanoke was 21-18 this spring under coach Matt McGuire, fielding a roster with 16 players from Northern Virginia schools. The Maroons won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship and advanced to the Division III College World Series in 2018. 

Sponsor: The magazine’s College Notebook is sponsored by the R&D Baseball Academy in Herndon. For more information on the academy, visit www.rdbaseballacademy.com.

Photos of, clockwise from left, Antonio Menendez courtesy of Harwich Mariners, Sal Colangelo by Mark Briscoe and Cam Cassady courtesy of Benedictine Baseball