Around The Horn August 8, 2014

Bourne Braves: Richie Martin Jr.’s second year in the Cape Cod Baseball League was far better than his first one. Martin, who played in Falmouth in 2013, helped lead the Braves to the best record in the league. The shortstop, from the University of Florida, finished second in the Cape League in batting average, posting a .358 average, and scored the most runs of any player, crossing home plate 35 times in 42 games. He also knocked three homers, had a triple, five doubles and 20 runs batted in. In 2013, Martin hit just .193 in 32 games, with one homer and 10 RBIs.

Brewster Whitecaps: The Brewster Whitecaps got into the 2014 postseason by the slimmest of margins. Despite playing their last three games against division champion Harwich, the Caps scored wins in two of their last three games to pass Chatham in the standings and take the last playoff spot. The Anglers looked like a sure thing to make the playoffs as August began, but the team lost its final four in a row, allowing Brewster to pass them in the standings.

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Chatham Anglers: Chatham may have missed the playoffs, but the squad was a hit on the awards circuit. First baseman A.J. Murray (Georgia Tech) won the Manny Robello 10th Player Award and fellow Angler Chris Shaw (Boston College) was honored as this year’s recipient of the John J. Claffey award as the New England Top Prospect. Shaw, a Lexington resident, led the league with eight homers and batted .275 with 34 RBIs. Murray was a .317 hitter, with six homers and 32 runs batted in for the season.

Cotuit Kettleers: Jackson Glines (Michigan) finished the season off on a tear for the Kettleers. The outfielder was the top hitter in the league over the final week, going 10 for 20 over his final five games. Two of Glines’s hits were doubles during his hot stretch. He raised his batting average 47 points during that stretch, entering the last day of the regular season with a .313 average.

Falmouth Commodores: The selection committee for the CCBL Hall of Fame may as well order a plaque for Commodores’ shortstop Kevin Newman (Arizona) now so that it’s ready to go when he becomes eligible. Or, they could just induct him now. Newman has assured his place among the Cape’s greatest by becoming the first-ever two-time batting champion in the league’s modern history. Newman has been Mr. Consistent since joining the league. By going five for six over his last two games, Newman finished the season at .380 to win his second batting title in a row. He also won the title last year, batting .375 for the season.

Harwich Mariners: Pitching has been the calling card for the Mariners all season long. The team allowed the fewest runs, by far, of any team in the league, surrendering just 150 over 44 games (3.41 runs per game). The team also had the best earned run average (2.87), and WHIP (1.23). Harwich’s pitching was strong staff-wide. Seven pitchers recorded at least one save over the course of the season, led by Jon Frebis (Middle Tennessee State), who had three saves over 11 appearances.

Hyannis Harbor Hawks: Infielder John La Prise (Virginia) has been a hit machine for the Hawks since arriving late from the College World Series. More accurately, he’s been a singles machine. La Prise batted .407 for the club, over 25 games (without enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title). During his time on the Cape, he has collected 33 base hits, 32 of which were singles. His lone extra base hit came late in the season, a double against Cotuit on July 31. He had a seven-game hit streak ended on the final day of the regular season.

Orleans Firebirds: Setup man Hayden Stone (Vanderbilt) has been lights out all season for the Birds, and is finishing strongly. The pitcher, who played for the NCAA national champs, made three one-inning appearances last week. Stone did not allow a run, struck out six and gave up just three hits. For the year, he is now 1-1 overall with an earned run average of just 0.81. Over 11 innings of work, he’s fanned 13, allowed only eight hits and issued just four walks.

Wareham Gatemen: There weren’t many bright spots for the Wareham Gatemen this past season, but the pitching of Anthony Kim (UConn) would have to be considered one of them. The lefty from Stony Brook, New York, appeared in 15 games over the course of the season, posting a 2-2 record with one save. He started two games for the club, including an eight-inning gem against Cotuit in late July that saw him allow two runs (one earned) on two hits. He worked 39.1 innings for the season, and allowed 39 hits, with 24 Ks and 17 walks. Kim finished with a 2.74 earned run average.

Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox: Y-D has been doing a good job of keeping its arms fresh for the playoff push. Over the final week of the season, only one pitcher on the staff worked more than five innings. Greg Ostner (Binghamton) worked 5.1 innings, and took a no-decision on August 4 against Hyannis. Fourteen hurlers saw time on the mound during the team’s four games in the final week. With a playoff spot already wrapped up, and little chance to move out of the third seed, the Sox weren’t worried about the results as much as readying the club for the playoffs. 

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