BYFIELD — Most NCAA Division III baseball players on Cape Cod during the summer are there for a vacation or maybe working a summer job. Richard Fecteau isn’t like most Division III baseball players.
Although his stay with the Hyannis Harbor Hawks was short — two weeks, one game, no at bats — Fecteau got a taste of the Cape Cod Baseball League last summer, and nothing would make him happier than to get back. For a college player, the CCBL is the mecca for summer baseball. There were 256 CCBL alumni playing Major League Baseball last year.
“There were kids from Florida State, Tennessee, and then there’s me from Salem State,” joked Fecteau, who was the only Division III player on the team. “But after the first few days of taking BP (batting practice) and ground balls, I felt like I could play with them and play at that level.”
Fecteau, in the midst of his sophomore season, has already committed the summer with the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, a stellar league in its own right. He was set to join Wachusett last year until Hyannis called to offer a two-week tryout. The Dirt Dawgs understood. They let him go and welcomed him back when Hyannis opted not to retain him.
Salem State head coach Mike Ward can’t remember exactly when the last Viking was invited to the Cape. “I think it was in the 1990s,” he said. “We wrote to the Cape league last year to get Richard a tryout. He did well and got signed. There are very few Division III players in the Cape league. You have to be an elite Division I player.”
Six games into his season with Wachusett, however, Fecteau’s summer season ended with a torn posterior collateral ligament. He was lucky it was only his PCL.