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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: 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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KCT Baseball Game Preview: Cape Cod Baseball League

Posted by Joshua Kummins on July 14, 2010

This is the big one! Today, we embark on our fifth annual Cape Cod Baseball League visit. We hope to stop at four games this week and report back to you on the best of the best in college baseball from all over the country.

If the weather cooperates, we will be at the Stony Brook Elementary School in Brewster where the East-leading Whitecaps host their Route 124 rivals Harwich Mariners. Brewster is 18-8 and in first place in the East, while Harwich is 13-13 and in third. Both teams have won seven of their last ten games. Red Sox draft pick Anthony Ranaudo (LSU) is set to take the ball for the Whitecaps at 2-0, while Harwich’s starter TBA.

On Thursday night, the Y-D Red Sox travel to Veterans Field to take on the Chatham Anglers in another East Division showdown. The Red Sox sit in second at 16-10, while Chatham is 12-12-1 and in fourth. Michael Goodnight (Houston) is scheduled to toe the rubber for Y-D, while Logan Verrett (Baylor) brings in a perfect 1-0 mark for Chatham.

Harwich travels to Cotuit for a Friday matchup against the Kettleers at picturesque Lowell Park. Cotuit stands at 11-12-2 in the West, which is third place. Pierce Johnson (Missouri State) is the probable starter for the Mariners at 2-0, while Brady Rogers (Arizona State) is 1-0 for the Kettleers.

Our final game will be at Eldredge Park in Orleans on Saturday night when the Firebirds host the Hyannis Harbor Hawks. Both teams are looking for a mid-season push in their respective divisions as they sit at 11-15. The Firebirds are in last in the East and the Hawks are fourth in the West. Martin Viramontes (Loyola Marymount) is the scheduled starter for Orleans, while Hyannis has not yet announced theirs.

Get a quick lodown of everything Cape League with this audio podcast.

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Stars of tomorrow will shine beginning tonight on Cape Cod

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 13, 2010

The 126th season of the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League kicks off tonight at Spillane Field in Wareham as the Cotuit Kettleers face the Wareham Gatemen at 5 p.m.

Wareham’s starter will be a local product Matt Barnes (UCONN), a Bethel, CT native. The Gatemen roster always features many local faces, including the usual Harvard to Wareham connection, because of former president John Wylde.

The familiar name from Cotuit is outfielder Michael Yaztremski, grandson of former Red Sox star Carl.

For full team and league season previews, visit CodBall and Right Field Fog.

The other eight teams begin tomorrow.

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