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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):


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.


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.


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.

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 pitching matchup goes to Gagnon, Brewster

Posted by Joshua Kummins on July 16, 2010

SOUTH YARMOUTH, Massachusetts (Thursday, July 16, 2010) – Heading to Y-D on Thursday afternoon was the thing to do among Cape League baseball fans on Thursday as Andrew Gagnon (Long Beach State) and John Leonard (Boston College) were pitted against one another in an All-Star pitching matchup at Red Wilson Field. Gagnon allowed just five hits and a run over 5.1 innings as the Brewster Whitecaps topped the Y-D Red Sox, 9-2.

With the win, the Whitecaps become the first team to 20 victories this summer and improve to 20-8. Y-D drops to 17-11.

The Whitecaps opened the scoring with two out in the first on a fielding error by Sox first baseman Jordan Ribera (Fresno State) that scored Whitecaps designated hitter Danny Oh (Cal-Berkeley). First baseman Taylor Ard (Mount Hood) was the beneficiary of the error as he reached first safely.

Ribera redeemed himself with a deep solo home run to left-center (3) in the bottom of the second inning to tie the score.

Oh put Brewster ahead in the top of the fifth on a three-run home run to center (1) to give the ‘Caps a 4-1 advantage. In the seventh, Brewster put the game away with five runs. The big blow was a three-run homer to right-center (1) by third baseman Andy Burns (Kentucky). Cohl Walla (Texas) also hit a two-out, two-run double.

Center fielder Caleb Ramsey (Houston) drove in the final run of the game for Y-D on a double to left center field in the bottom of the inning.

Gagnon improved to a Cape-best 5-0, while Leonard fell to 3-2. The BC righty and Hanover native allowed six hits and three earned runs, while walking three and fanning five.

On Saturday, Y-D hosts Chatham and Brewster travels to rival Harwich.

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Cape League: Schedule change

Posted by Joshua Kummins on July 16, 2010

Tonight, we will now head to Red Wilson Field where the Y-D Red Sox (17-10) host the Brewster Whitecaps (19-8) in a East Division heavyweight clash.

The Sox have won both meetings against the Whitecaps this year and will send John Leonard (Boston College) to the hill. He has a 3-1 record and 1.09 ERA in four starts, allowing just three earned runs.

Andrew Gagnon (Long Beach State) goes for Brewster with a 4-0 record and 1.69 ERA in five games.

Both pitchers seem to be headed to the All-Star Game at Fenway Park on July 28.

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Cape League: Lights out and Goodnight

Posted by Joshua Kummins on July 15, 2010

Goodnight was superb in Y-D's 2-1 win on Thursday. (UHCougars.com photo)

CHATHAM, Massachusetts (Thursday, July 15, 2010) – Y-D starter Michael Goodnight (Houston) allowed just four hits and an unearned run over 7.2 innings as he led the Red Sox to a 2-1 win over the Chatham Anglers at Veterans Field on Thursday night. He improved to 2-1 and fanned five in the winning decision.

The Red Sox are now four points behind Brewster in the East with a 17-10 record, while the Anglers fell to 12-14-1.

Goodnight and Anglers starter Logan Verrett (Baylor) treated the crowd to a great pitching duel, but the Sox broke through with their lone runs in the sixth inning. Right fielder Stuart Ijames (Louisville) singled to left field with one out to score third baseman Tyler Hanover (LSU) to give Y-D a 1-0 lead. The next batter, first baseman Jordan Ribera (Fresno State) drove home the second run when he hit into a long foul out in left field for the second out of the frame.

Verrett was pulled after the inning ended and took the loss to fall to 1-1. He allowed five hits and two runs over six innings, while walking one and fanning five.

The Anglers scored their only run of the game in the eighth when center fielder Brian Humphries (Pepperdine) doubled to right after Stephen Perez (Miami) was hit by a pitch with two outs.

Chatham’s Zack Jones (San Jose State) came in for relief and allowed just a hit over three innings, while Anthony Desclafani (Florida) earned his first save of the summer as he pitched 1.1 perfect innings.

On Friday, Chatham will travel to old-town rival Orleans, while Y-D hosts Brewster.

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Cape League: No escaping the rain on first day

Posted by Joshua Kummins on July 14, 2010

Three of the four Cape Cod League games were postponed due to steady rain and field conditions on Wednesday.

Our featured game of the night at Stony Brook School between Route 124 rivals Brewster and Harwich was called after a scoreless first inning. Because of the inclement weather, CCBL pitching leader and Red Sox draft pick Anthony Ranaudo was pushed back one day and will now start on Thursday night when the Whitecaps host Falmouth at 5 p.m.

Wareham and Cotuit were called off from Lowell Park, while the Bourne/Hyannis contest was postponed at McKeon Park.

After a half-hour delay, Falmouth and Chatham were able to get underway at Arnie Allen Diamond (LIVE). Falmouth scored two runs in the sixth inning to take a 2-1 lead over the Anglers. 

Tomorrow, we will travel to Veterans Field where Chatham will host Y-D in an Eastern Division battle at 7 p.m. Logan Verrett (Baylor/1-0) will start for Chatham, while Michael Goodnight (Houston/1-1) toes the rubber for Y-D. Stay tuned for more from the Cape!

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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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No-Hit Night

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 30, 2010

* In his Advanced-A debut, Frederick (Orioles) lefthander Nathan Moreau tossed the first nine-inning individual no-hitter in the Carolina League since 2002, as the Keys shutout Salem (Red Sox), 7-0, on Wednesday night at Lewis-Gale Field. Moreau did not walk anyone and struck out six, including Alex Hassan to end the game.

* Yarmouth-Dennis righthander Jordan Pries (Stanford) tossed a no-hitter tonight as the Red Sox topped the host Orleans Firebirds, 2-0, at Eldredge Park. Pries struck out four and allowed three walks, while he had a perfect game going through six innings.

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