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Cape League: Top 30 Prospects announced by Baseball America

Posted by Joshua Kummins on September 11, 2010

Cape League Press Release:

Baseball America, considered by many to be the bible of amateur baseball, every season ranks the top 30 prospects who performed in the Cape Cod Baseball League.

Not surprisingly, this summer’s top prospect was highly-touted Anthony Ranaudo (LSU), the 6-7, 230-pound right-hander who was nearly perfect for the Brewster Whitecaps with a 3-0 record and a 0.00 ERA before signing with the Boston Red Sox. He was the 39th overall selection in the June MLB draft.

Rated second was slugging outfielder George Springer (UConn) of the Wareham Gatemen, who hit .288 with three homers and seven RBI in just 16 games, while fellow Wareham and UConn teammate Matt Barnes was ranked third after posting a 1-2 record with 20 strikeouts and a 2.18 ERA. 

Rounding out the top five were stylish southpaw Jed Bradley (Georgia Tech) of Wareham and catcher Andrew Susac (Oregon State) of the Falmouth Commodores.

Bradley tied for the league lead with 44 strikeouts, while posting a 1.98 ERA. Susac hit .290, with five homers and 15 RBI. 

Also finishing among the top 10 prospects were outfielder Brian Goodwin (North Carolina) of the Harwich Mariners, slick-fielding shortstop Deven Marrero (Arizona State), hard-throwing right-hander Austin Wood (Southern California) of the champion Cotuit Kettleers, outfielder Jason Coats (TCU) of the Bourne Braves and left-hander Lex Rutledge (TCU) of the Harwich Mariners. 

Rated 11 through 20 were right-hander Anthony Meo (Coastal Carolina) of Bourne, outfielder John Ruettiger (Arizona State) of the Hyannis Mets, Kolten Wong (Hawaii) of the Orleans Firebirds, relief pitcher Marcus Stroman (Duke) of Orleans, outfielder/third baseman Zach Wilson (Arizona State), third baseman Jason Esposito (Vanderbilt) of Orleans, flame-throwing right-hander Tony Zych (Louisville) of Bourne, shortstop Levi Michael (North Carolina) of Harwich, right-hander Logan Verrett (Baylor) of Chatham and right-hander Andrew Gagnon (Long Beach State) of Brewster. 

Ruetigger won the batting crown, hitting .369, while Wong was named MVP after batting .341 with 22 stolen bases. Stroman collected 10 saves, second only to Zych’s 12. Gagnon was 5-1, with a 2.10 ERA.

Rounding out the top 21-30 prospects were right-hander Brady Rodgers (Arizona State) of Cotuit, southpaw Ryan Carpenter (Gonzaga) of Orleans, right-hander Jack Armstrong (Vanderbilt) of Wareham, shortstop and Silva Sportsmanship winner Joe Panik (St. John’s) of the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, first baseman-DH Aaron Westlake (Vanderbilt) of Chatham, right-hander R.J. Alvarez (Florida Atlantic) of Bourne, power-hitting corner infielder Ricky Oropesa (Southern California) of Chatham, left-hander Grayson Garvin (Vanderbilt) of Bourne, second baseman Kevin Medrano (Missouri State) of Falmouth and speedy third baseman Andy Burns (Arizona) of Brewster.

Top 30 Prospects, as listed by Baseball America
 
1 Anthony Ranaudo rhp Brewster signed by Red Sox
2 George Springer of Wareham Jr., Connecticut
3 Matt Barnes rhp Wareham Jr., Connecticut
4 Jed Bradley lhp Wareham Jr., Georgia Tech
5 Andrew Susac c Falmouth Soph., Oregon State
6 Brian Goodwin of Harwich Soph., North Carolina
7 Deven Marrero ss Cotuit Soph., Arizona State
8 Austin Wood rhp Cotuit Jr., Southern California
9 Jason Coats of Bourne Jr., TCU
10 Lex Rutledge lhp Harwich Soph., Samford
11 Anthony Meo rhp Bourne Jr., Coastal Carolina
12 John Ruettiger of Hyannis Jr., Arizona State
13 Kolten Wong 2b Orleans Jr., Hawaii
14 Marcus Stroman rhp Orleans Soph., Duke
15 Zach Wilson of/3b Wareham Jr., Arizona State
16 Jason Esposito 3b Orleans Jr., Vanderbilt
17 Tony Zych rhp Bourne Jr., Louisville
18 Levi Michael inf Harwich Jr., North Carolina
19 Logan Verrett rhp Chatham Jr., Baylor
20 Andrew Gagnon rhp Brewster Jr., Long Beach State
21 Brady Rodgers rhp Cotuit Soph., Arizona State
22 Ryan Carpenter lhp Orleans Jr., Gonzaga
23 Jack Armstrong rhp Wareham Jr., Vanderbilt
24 Joe Panik ss Yarmouth-Dennis Jr., St. John’s
25 Aaron Westlake 1b Chatham Jr., Vanderbilt
26 R.J. Alvarez rhp Bourne Soph., Florida Atlantic
27 Ricky Oropesa 1b/3b Chatham Jr., Southern California
28 Grayson Garvin lhp Bourne Jr., Vanderbilt
29 Kevin Medrano 2b Falmouth Jr., Missouri State
30 Andy Burns 3b Brewster Jr., Arizona

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NECBL champion Navs finish #16 in summer baseball, Waldron named Manager of the Year

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 24, 2010

Accolades for the 2010 New England Collegiate Baseball League champion North Shore Navigators keep pouring in.

The Navigators started off the season at 0-6, but came back to finish the regular season with a 25-17 record, good for second in the Eastern Division (2.0 GB of Newport). On their way to the title, the Navs beat Sanford, Newport, and Danbury in their respective series, all in the maximum three games.

Two Navs were recognized recently when the NECBL announced the 2010 postseason awards were announced. Manager Jeff Waldron, a Lynn native, was named the league’s Manager of the Year as he guided the Navs to their first-ever title. Jason Banos (Columbia) was named to the NECBL First Team as an outfielder.

PG Crosschecker and Perfect Game USA released their final Summer Baseball Top 30 ranking on Tuesday morning and the Navs were ranked #16, highest among NECBL teams.

The Newport Gulls were the only other NECBL team to be ranked among the top 30, checking in at #24. The Navs ousted the Gulls from the NECBL Playoffs in the Eastern Division Championship Series. Western Division semifinalists Danbury and North Adams were among consideration for the final ranking.

Yarmouth-Dennis was top ranked among five Cape Cod League teams as they were #3, while Northwoods League champion Eau Claire checked in at the top spot.

The final ranking is as follows:

# Team  ST  League  Record  Accomplishment
1 Eau Claire Express WI Northwoods 52-24 League champion
2 Chillicothe Paints OH Prospect 41-17 League champion
3 Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox MA Cape Cod 32-19 Eastern Division regular-season champion
4 Forest City Owls NC Coastal Plain 43-21 League champion
5 Liberal Bee Jays KS Jayhawk 37-14 National Baseball Congress World Series champion
6 Santa Barbara Foresters CA California 45-11 League champion
7 Cotuit Kettleers MA Cape Cod 25-24 League champion
8 Mat-Su Miners AK Alaska 33-15 League champion
9 Orleans Firebirds MA Cape Cod 25-22  
10 Sedalia Bombers MO MINK 38-10 League champion
11 Brewster Whitecaps MA Cape Cod 27-19  
12 Hamilton Joe’s OH Great Lakes 29-15 League champion
13 Amsterdam Mohawks NY New York 33-15 League champion
14 Victoria Generals TX Texas 34-17 League champion
15 Luray Wranglers VA Valley 33-18 League champion
16 North Shore Navigators MA New England 31-20 League champion
17 Wenatchee AppleSox WA West Coast 33-20 League champion
18 Alaska Goldpanners AK Alaska 34-15  
19 Wisconsin Woodchucks WI Northwoods 43-30  
20 Edenton Steamers NC Coastal Plain 37-26  
21 Licking County Settlers OH Great Lakes 31-13 Regular-season champion
22 Youse’s Maryland Orioles MD Cal Ripken Sr. 37-15 All-American Amateur Baseball Association champion
23 San Luis Obispo Blues CA California 32-17  
24 Newport Gulls RI New England 30-17 Eastern Division regular-season champion
25 North Fork Ospreys NY Atlantic 31-15 League champion
26 Winter Park Diamond Dawgs FL Florida 31-11 League champion
27 Haymarket Senators VA Valley 33-16 Regular-season champion
28 Bethesda Big Train MD Cal Ripken Sr. 29-17 League champion
29 Bourne Braves MA Cape Cod 24-22 Western Division regular-season champion
30 St. Cloud River Bats MN Northwoods 40-30  

OTHERS RECEIVING CONSIDERATION: Kenai Peninsula Oilers/Alaska (33-17); Gastonia Grizzlies/Coastal Plain (37-24); Wilson Tobs/Coastal Plain (37-21); Morehead City Marlins/Coastal Plain (35-22); Waikiki Surfers/Hawaii (24-16); Tradewater Pirates/KIT (34-15); St. Joseph Mustangs/MINK (31-17); North Adams SteepleCats/New England (29-19); Danbury Westerners/New England (29-22); Elmira Pioneers/New York (31-17); Madison Mallards/Northwoods (41-29); Willmar Stingers/Northwoods (39-31); Rochester Honkers/Northwoods (39-31); Green Bay Bullfrogs/Northwoods (39-31); Danville Dans/Prospect (33-25); Springfield Sliders/Prospect (35-20); Palm Springs Power/Southern California Baseball Association (34-4); East Texas Pumpjacks/Texas (34-20); Corvallis Knights/West Coast (31-19); Swift Current Indians/Western Major (37-15).

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Cape League: Third time’s the charm for Cape League champion Cotuit Kettleers

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 14, 2010

by Ashley Crosby, CCBL Release
Photos by Ron Schloerb, Cape Cod Times

SOUTH YARMOUTH — For two straight years, Cotuit field manager Mike Roberts led his Kettleers to the Cape League championship series, only to watch them be swept aside by Harwich in 2008 and Bourne in 2009. But in Game 3 of this year’s best-of-three playoff series, everything went the Kettleers’ way as they beat the Y-D Red Sox 6-0 at Red Wilson Field in front of 5,391 fans.

The victory brought home the Arnold Mycock Trophy, named after long-time league and Cotuit volunteer Arnold Mycock, who presented the award to the Kettleers after a nearly three-hour game. Cotuit last won the championship in 1999.

Jordan Leyland (UC Irvine) was named playoff MVP after hitting .461 with one home run and six RBI in seven games. Michael Yastrzemski (Vanderbilt), grandson of Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, had two hits, including a homer, while Joey Hainsfurther (Baylor) collected three hits. Right-hander Nick Tropeano (Stony Brook) earned the win, pitching 6.2 hitless innings after taking over from injured starter Brady Rogers (Arizona State).

“When Rodgers’ back stiffened there was no doubt in my mind that if Nick Tropeano finished that ball game the Cotuit Kettleers would win,” Roberts said. “He is Long Island tough.”

Tropeano dominated the game as though he had something to prove after Roberts pulled him five innings into Monday’s playoff game against the Wareham Gatemen. His combination two-seam fastball and sinker silenced the potent Red Sox offense.

“I think the blessing today was that Nick Tropeano got so mad at me he probably did not like me at all from Monday until today,” Roberts said. “He was really upset.”

“I thought I had more in me,” Tropeano said. “But if he hadn’t pulled me then I wouldn’t have been able to pitch in the championship, so no hard feelings towards that anymore. I feel great, just given the opportunity to go and pitch in the championship is definitely a great feeling.”

Tropeano struck out seven and walked three. His performance culminated with a strikeout of pinch-hitter Matt Watson (Boston College), provoking the Kettleers to leap over the fence of the dugout and dog pile the 6-4 right-hander.

Yastrzemski, who struggled throughout the postseason, hit his solo home run in the fourth.

“I was just trying to put the barrel on the ball,” he said. “I’ve been struggling lately and it felt good to finally score a run. We just got a good group of guys and everyone really put their full effort forward and no one left anything on the field.”

“There’s not a player in this league that has more pressure on him than Mike Yastrzemski,” Roberts said. “He is a wonderful young man and whoever’s taught him to play the game, they taught him to play it the right way. He just will surprise you.”

Deven Marrero (Arizona State) got the game started for Cotuit in the second inning, doubling to centerfield and advancing to third on Yastrzemski’s bunt. Marrero scored the first run on a base hit by Hainsfurther.

“Deven Marrero had as much to do with our winning this game today as any player on this field,” Roberts said. “He took (a pitch) right under the heart, and he could have easily not played the last five innings and come out of the game. We didn’t have another infielder and that young man sucked it up for our entire club, and he was hurting really bad.”

Everything seemed to favor the Kettleers on this day. In the third inning, catcher James McCann (Arkansas) doubled and scored on Leyland’s single. McCann, who was a pillar behind the plate this season, added a run on the board in the fourth with a sacrifice fly that scored Hainsfurther.

The Kettleers continued tacking on runs. Yastrzemski singled home John Hinson (Clemson) in the fifth, and Hinson doubled in Leyland in the sixth to cap scoring.

“I’d say it’s definitely one of the biggest team wins we’ve had,” Tropeano said. “Even the guys on the bench, everyone contributed somehow, and I can’t explain the feeling right now. It’s just a good feeling.”

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Cape League: Y-D forces Game 3 with 2-1 win over Cotuit

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 13, 2010

by Ashley Crosby, CCBL Release

John Leonard pitched six innings of shut out baseball giving up just three hits to help put the Y-D Red Sox in a position to win game two. (SWilson)

COTUIT — The Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox took a 2-1 victory from the Cotuit Kettleers on Thursday in Game 2 of the Cape Cod Baseball League Championship Series to stay alive for another day.

“We didn’t know what would happen,” Y-D field manager Scott Pickler said. “That was our goal, just to score the first run. That’s a very good team in the other dugout.”

The Red Sox host the Kettleers on Friday at 3 p.m. at Red Wilson Field to decide the Cape League championship. Y-D last won the Arnold Mycock Trophy in 2007, while Cotuit was the champion in 1999.

With the combined pitching power of Austin Wood (St. Petersburg) and AJ Achter (Michigan State) for Cotuit, and John Leonard (Boston College), Anthony Desclafani (Florida), and Douglas Baxendale (Arkansas) for Y-D, batters struggled to generate runs. But a two-error fifth inning gave Y-D the breathing room it needed.

Red Sox catcher Ben McMahan (Florida) began the fifth inning by drawing a walk from Wood and made his way to third on an error by Kettleers shortstop Deven Marrero (Arizona State). He scored when first baseman Jordan Leyland (UC Irvine) mishandled Bobby Crocker’s (Cal Poly) bunt.

“I don’t care how we score runs,” said Pickler. “We put the ball in play and that’s what baseball is all about. They made an error and we capitalized.”

Matt Jensen (Cal Poly) scored the winning run, crossing the plate on a Tyler Hanover (LSU) double in the seventh.

“It’s baseball,” Kettleers field manager Mike Roberts said. “Errors are part of this game and as a coach you have to understand that physical errors are going to happen. I don’t want anyone thinking that an error lost this ball game, because it didn’t. We had all kinds of opportunities to score and we didn’t.”

Cotuit started a rally with one out in the eighth when James McCann (Arkansas) hit a solo home run over the left-field fence. But they fell short in the ninth as Baxendale shut down the Kettleers.

Pickler praised his three pitchers, especially Leonard.

“I think he was outstanding,” Pickler said. “He came back after four days rest and gave me what he had. He didn’t have a lot early and then he got stronger as the game went on. That’s the kind of pitcher that he is. I asked him if he could come back after four days, there’s no tomorrow, he said ‘I’ll take the ball’.”

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Cape League: Andriese hurls Cotuit to stunning Game 1 win

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 12, 2010

by Sam Monroe, CCBL Release

Matt Andriese pitched a complete game shut out allowing just 3 hits. (SWilson)

SOUTH YARMOUTH — The Cotuit Kettleers rode the arm of Matt Andriese (Cal Riverside) to a 3-0 win over Yarmouth-Dennis on Wednesday in Game 1 of the best-of-three Cape Cod Baseball League Championship Series at Red Wilson Field.

Andriese pitched a complete-game shutout to put his team one win away from the title. The series switches to Lowell Park for Thursday’s Game 2.

“I felt really good,” he said. “My rhythm was good. I threw a lot of strikes.”

That he did. The Cotuit starter tossed 120 pitches, and 85 of them crossed the dish for strikes. He lost the no-hit bid in the fifth inning on Ben McMahan’s (Florida) two-out single. He allowed just three hits, while striking out four, walking one and hitting one.

He appeared to be tiring in the eighth when he walked one batter and hit another. He then allowed a base hit to Joe Panik (St. John’s) to start the ninth. With action in the bullpen, Andriese forced the league’s home run and RBI leader, Jordan Ribera (Fresno State) into a 1-6-3 double play.

“I just hope he enjoyed pitching today as much as his five coaches and his teammates enjoyed watching him pitch,” Cotuit field manager Mike Roberts said.

The Kettleers starter shut down a powerful Y-D offense that had inflicted a beating on its previous playoff opponents; whipping them by a combined score of 49-17.

What little offense was provided during the game was done so in the first three innings. The Kettleers played their usual game of small ball and scored early. Deven Marrero (Arizona State) picked up the first RBI when he laid a bunt down the first base line, scoring Jordan Leyland (UC Irvine), who led the game off with a single. Brooks Pinckard (Baylor) picked up another RBI on a fielder’s choice, scoring Chad Wright (Kentucky). Marrero’s RBI single in the third completed Cotuit’s scoring.

“We can not hit with Y-D,” Roberts said. “We’re a small-ball team. We have to play our style.”

After a rough start, Red Sox pitcher Randy Fontanez (South Florida) settled down and went eight innings, allowing just the three runs on eight hits.

“It was a pitcher’s day,” said Roberts, “and not a hitters day.”

“Their guy out-pitched us. They played some small ball and we didn’t handle the ball,” Y-D field manager Scott Pickler said. “We’ve got to win (Thursday). That’s all.”

Andriese’s impressive start almost did not exist. When the sun rose on game day, the Kettleers had yet to select a pitcher. Roberts had five pitchers in mind and had all of them text him last night to check on their arms.

“His text came from the heart,” Roberts said. “It was different. It wasn’t ‘I want to pitch.’ His words were ‘Coach, if you give me this opportunity, I think I’m capable of helping the team.’”

After the team arrived, Roberts had to make a decision. He made the correct choice.

Their appearance in the championship round marks the third in three years for the Kettleers, who are hoping the third time really is the charm.

“I’m trying to really not coach and just let the players play,” Roberts said.

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Cape League: Award winners announced

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 11, 2010

With the Cape Cod playoffs in full swing, the league has announced its 2010 postseason award winners.

The Cotuit Kettleers and Y-D Red Sox advanced to the CCBL Championship Series with wins in the divisional round. The Kettleers opened the series with a 3-0 win on Wednesday and look to win the title in two straight at Lowell Park on Thursday.

From CCBL Releases (unless otherwise noted):

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League MVP Kolten Wong (Alex Gagne/Orleans Firebirds)

by Tyler Maland, Orleans Firebirds

Orleans Firebirds s econd baseman Kolten Wong (Hawai’i) was awarded the Cape League Most Valuable Player trophy Saturday night at Eldredge Park. Wong is back home in Hawai’i because of a thumb injury, but his host mom and Firebirds General Manager Sue Horton accepted the award on his behalf. The following is the transcript of the narrative read before the award was presented.

This player travelled further than any other player in the league to play here, and turned down an invitation from Team USA in order to prove his ability in the nation’s number one collegiate league. And he did just that, posting a .341 batting average, with six doubles, three home runs, and 11 runs batted in.

After a spectacular high school career in which he hit over .500 for four straight years, and posted a .660 average as a senior, he was selected in the 16th round of the Amateur Entry Draft by the Minnesota Twins in 2008. But he elected to attend college in his hometown, and in two varsity seasons, compiled batting averages of .341 and .357, belted 18 home runs, and drove in 92 runs in just over 100 college games. He also stole 30 bases.

He played for Team USA last summer, but decided to forego that experience this year to show what he could do with a wood bat against some of the nation’s best top college pitchers. The results speak for themselves.

He has set his sights on a career in professional baseball, and is expected to be a high draft choice following his junior season next spring. Ladies and gentlemen, let us recognize and applaud the 2010 Cape league Most Valuable Player, Orleans Firebirds second baseman Kolten Wong.

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Scott Pickler, Manager of the Year. Commissioner Paul Galop, President Judy Scarafile and Deputy Commissioner Sol Yas participated in the pre-game ceremony. (SportsPix)

SOUTH YARMOUTH — For the second straight season and the third time in his Cape League career, Scott Pickler has been named the Mike Curran Manager of the Year.

Pickler led the Yarmouth – Dennis Red Sox to the league’s best record and the East Division championship for the second consecutive year. The division title is the fifth for Y-D under his direction.

Pickler has guided the Red Sox to league championships in 2004, 2006 and 2007. The Cape is not the only place he wins; he has also captured four titles at Cypress (Calif.) Community College. The veteran coach is known as a talent developer, and more than 80 of his players have been selected in the MLB draft.

“Winning Manager of the Year is because I have (assistant coaches) Taylor (Cameron), Larry (Mahoney), Adam (Petke) and Dez (Chris Podeszwa),” said Pickler, who became the first field manager to capture the award in back-to-back seasons and only the third to win the award three times.

Don Reed won in 1989 with Yarmouth-Dennis and then received the honor again in 1991 and 1993 while wearing a Wareham uniform.

The Manager of the Year award is named after Mike Curran, a former assistant sports editor of the Cape Cod Times. Curran started as a Cape League scorer and publicist in the early 1970s and was president from 1976-1977. He is partially responsible for creating a nationwide recruiting system to bring college players to the Cape and give the league national prominence.

Pickler has been honored three times in the last four seasons. He has been head coach at Cypress Community College for 24 years and Y-D field manager since 1997.

“Pick” led the Red Sox to a 27-17 record, finishing one point ahead of Brewster for the best record to gain home field advantage throughout the postseason.

“It has nothing to do with me,” he said. “It’s having the right kids who play hard all year long and having great assistant coaches.”

Pickler gives credit for his team’s success to his players and coaches. He says even though he gets the award, it really belongs to the members of his team. He won’t even take credit for bringing his team closer together. According to Pick, that happened with a sixth run ninth-inning against Wareham just weeks before the season ended.

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Matt Watson was selected as the Top New England Pro Prospect award. He was congratulated by Commissioner Paul Galop, President Judy Scarafile and Deputy Commissioner Sol Yas in pre game ceremonies at Red Wilson Field. (SportsPix)

SOUTH YARMOUTH — For the second straight year, the John Claffey New England Top Prospect Award belongs to a Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox player.

Matt Watson was selected as the Top New England Pro Prospect award. He was congratulated by Commissioner Paul Galop, President Judy Scarafile and Deputy Commissioner Sol Yas in pre game ceremonies at Red Wilson Field.
SportsPix 2010

This year, the honor went to Matt Watson (Boston College) of Portland, Maine. Primarily a catcher, he also spent time at first base, designated hitter and in the outfield. The award was won last year by Watson’s BC teammate, Mickey Wiswall.

“It’s surprising,” said Watson after his name was called before the Red Sox first playoff game against Harwich. “I thought it would go to (Y-D teammate) John Leonard (Boston College). He put up great numbers this season and is a Massachusetts guy.”

Watson is heading into his sophomore season at BC.

“He’s just a great kid,” field manager Scott Pickler said. “Early in the year he had to catch. When Beau Taylor (Central Florida) went down, he had to catch eight games in a row and we won six of them.”

Watson was behind the plate for more than a week because of Taylor’s injury and the absence of Ben McMahan (Florida), who was still playing in the College World Series.

“He was banged up, he had ice packs all over his knees and shoulders,” Pickler said.

Watson played 40 games for the Red Sox in the regular season, batting .239. He picked up his power numbers toward the end of the year, finishing with four home runs and 21 RBI. His best game came on July 25 at Hyannis, when he hit two homers and drove in six runs.

“It’s awesome. I mean it’s a real honor,” he said. “I’m very thankful for everything from coach Pickler to the whole Y-D organization.”

Watson is the third Y-D player to be named the top New England pro prospect. In addition to Wiswall, Frank Curreri won the award in 2004. Watson joins Wiswall and Chatham’s Chris Lambert (2003) as winners from BC.

The award is named after John Claffey, who was a Wareham official for the Cape League. The presentation is made to a New England-born player who attends a New England college.

MORE AWARDS
Curly Clement Umpire Award: Michael Sadowski, CBUA
Manny Robello 10th Player Award: Clint Moore, Harwich Mariners
Sportsmanship Award: Joe Panik, Y-D Red Sox

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Cape League All-Star Game in Pictures

Posted by Joshua Kummins on July 29, 2010

Last night, the Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game took place at Fenway Park and we snapped a few photos of the festivities.

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Postgame Journal: Pitching is name of the game in West All-Star win

Posted by Joshua Kummins on July 28, 2010

BOSTON, Massachusetts (Wednesday, July 28, 2010) – In the 2010 Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game, pitching looked to be the name of the game, but the West Division team’s offense took over in a 5-0 shutout of the East on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

Before the game, players and coaches were in awe of their surroundings at “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark.”

“I’m so excited,” said Wareham and West Division pitcher Max Perlman (Harvard). His family was well represented in the crowd as his parents, aunts, and uncles made the trip from Minnesota and Florida to be in Boston for the game.

The West got out 1-2-3 in the first against Brewster’s Andrew Gagnon (Long Beach State) and his teammates almost gave him a lead in the bottom of the frame.

The East All-Stars got the first hit of the game in the form of a single by Y-D center fielder Caleb Ramsey (Houston) against Cotuit starter Austin Wood (St. Petersburg). Falmouth shortstop KC Serna (Oregon) gunned down Ramsey trying to score from second after the one-out knock.

Wood allowed two hits for the West side, but the inning ended without a blemish, thanks in large part to Serna.

In the top of the second, Orleans’ Marcus Stroman (Duke) allowed a leadoff hit to Cotuit designated hitter Jordan Leyland (UC-Irvine), while Bourne’s Grayson Garvin (Vanderbilt) retired the East side in order.

Chatham’s Derek Self (Louisville) also allowed a single to Cotuit center fielder Chad Wright (Kentucky) in the top of the third that went unblemished, while Wareham’s Max Perlman (Harvard) surrendered a leadoff single to Chatham first baseman Aaron Westlake (Vanderbilt) that also went by the way side in the latter half.

Harwich’s Matty Ott (LSU) allowed Hyannis first baseman Cam Seitzer (Oklahoma) aboard in the top of the inning that also went without a score. Ramsey also singled off of Hyannis ace Tyler Ray (Troy) to leadoff the inning and came up to third before Wareham third baseman Tyler Bream (Liberty) ended the inning with a nice pick for the final out.

The West scored the first run of the ballgame on a wild pitch by Harwich’s Braden Kapyten (Kentucky) in the top of the fifth. Wareham third baseman Tyler Bream (Liberty) scored on the wild pitch that skipped by his Mariners teammate Pratt Maynard (North Carolina State). Wareham’s Jed Bradley (Georgia Tech) retired the East in order in the bottom of the fifth.

In the sixth, Hyannis left fielder Johnny Ruettiger (Arizona State) hit a high pop to left field off of Orleans pitcher Kyle Simon (Arizona) that was dropped by Brewster left fielder Drew Martinez for an error. He was cut down at the plate for the second out of the inning. Leyland was driven in on a single to right by Hyannis’ Casey McElroy (Auburn) with two outs.

Falmouth’s Christian Jones (Oregon) came on for the West in the bottom of the frame and allowed just a leadoff single.

The West tacked on three runs in the top of the seventh against Chatham’s Logan Verrett (Baylor). Wareham catcher Tony Caldwell (Auburn) scored on a wild pitch with nobody out. Caldwell tripled to deep right field to leadoff the inning. Wareham right fielder Zach Wilson (Arizona State) doubled to center field to drive in Serna, while Leyland drove home the third run on another single to center.

Cotuit’s A.J. Achter (Michigan State) allowed a two-out double in the bottom of the seventh, but Harwich right fielder Ronnie Richardson (Central Florida) recorded the final out to end the threat.

In the top of the eighth, Bream singled against Brewster’s Colton Murray (Kansas) and was stranded, while two reached for the East against Bourne’s R.J. Alvarez (Florida Atlantic) and were also stranded.

Bourne’s Dan Bowman (Coastal Carolina) doubled to leadoff the ninth and was left on the pond against Harwich’s Adam Morgan (Alabama).

Harwich shortstop Levin Michael (North Carolina) reached on an error to leadoff the bottom of the ninth for the East against Bourne’s Tony Zych (Louisville), but he retired the next three to nail down the shutout. “The kid at the end was throwing like 97 miles an hour,” said East manager Scott Pickler with a smile. “The guys are coming back to the dugout…That’s tough to catch up with.”

After the game, Wilson and Ramsey were named Most Valuable Players for the contest for the West and East, respectively. Ramsey finished 2-for-4, while Wilson was 1-for-5 with a run and an RBI.

“Our pitchers were just hitting their spots,” said Wilson, the West’s MVP. “They were doing their jobs of getting the outs and putting the ball where they need to.” As for pitching, Wilson said it all, stating “that they were taking advantage of [the pitcher’s] mistakes.”

“I thought they hit the ball and found some holes,” said Pickler. “They got some momentum going and they go from there.”

The event was a lot of fun for all involved and showed a true taste about what Cape Cod Baseball is about. “They’re on their own having some fun.” said Bourne manager Harvey Shapiro. “They will always remember it…If you can’t enjoy [playing in Fenway] you have no business playing baseball.”

This event marks the beginning of the home stretch for Cape League teams. Tomorrow, they will not be treated like Major Leaguers. It will be back to riding school buses and painting base lines on high school fields.

The dream is over. For now.

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Cape League: Hoilman turns derby feat again

Posted by Joshua Kummins on July 28, 2010

BOSTON, Massachusetts (Wednesday, July 28, 2010) – Cotuit Kettleer outfielder Paul Hoilman (East Tennessee State) overcame an early surge by Bourne’s Dan Bowman (Coastal Carolina) to win the 2010 All-Star Home Run Hitting Contest with five home runs over two rounds of competition.

He topped out Chatham’s Rick Oropesa (USC), 3-2, in the final round, after hitting just two in the first round himself.

His final swing made it just inside the left field foul pole, but it was enough to take home his second derby championship of the summer. “I was pretty nervous, and luckily that one had just enough,” Hoilman said. “I really thought that one was not going to make it out.”

“I got into a couple pretty good,” he added. “I was pretty lucky to get it.”

Bowman put on a show in the first round of the contest as he hit six out in the first round over the Green Monster. Bourne manager Harvey Shapiro was very happy for his player, saying jokingly “I wish he’d hit one yesterday, but it doesn’t get any better for him.”

As each home run was launched, it seemed that the cheers got louder, especially when his final home runs were crushed over everything and off of an advertisement in left field.

Hoilman took a day off earlier in the summer to travel to Rosenblatt Stadium for the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby. Hoilman topped out other Cape Leaguers for the crown, including Y-D’s Jordan Ribera (Fresno State) and Bowman.

“It was a lot tougher here,” Hoilman said. He added that seeing “the big wall” made it much tougher, but he had an advantage as a right-handed hitter.

“We had a lot of fun there and had fun here,” Hoilman added.

As for his reaction, it was easy to recognize it was better and sweeter at Fenway Park.

1st Rd. Final Rd. TOTAL
Paul Hoilman Cotuit East Tennessee State 2 3 5
Rick Oropesa Chatham USC 2 2 4
Dan Bowman Bourne Coastal Carolina 6 0 6
Taylor Ard Brewster Mount Hood C.C. 0 X 0
Jake Davies Wareham Georgia Tech 0 X 0
Jordan Ribera Y-D Fresno State 0 X 0

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Cape League: Off the Monster

Posted by Joshua Kummins on July 28, 2010

Pre-game notes at the Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game from Fenway Park:

* It was easy to tell that the players on both sides had to make major adjustments in going from a high school field on Cape to Fenway tonight. The ball was not carrying out towards Pesky Pole and home runs over the Monster just cleared the rail.

* West starting left fielder Zach Wilson (Arizona State) hit the longest home run during batting practice into the top row of Green Monster Seats.

* Y-D infielder Jordan Ribera (Fresno State) says that “the adrenaline is high” and he hopes he can get some extra pop on his swing to hit one over the Green Monster.

* Cotuit’s Paul Hoilman (East Tennessee State) said that he has been a fan at Fenway a few times, but it is larger than expected on the field as a player.

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