Around The Horn July 11, 2014

Bourne—Ryan Kellogg (Arizona State) picked up his third win of the season this week with an 8-5 victory over Wareham. Kellogg, a veteran of last summer’s Bourne team, has made four starts, suffering his only loss on June 30 to Cotuit. He is second on the team in strikeouts with 21, two Ks behind teammate Andrew Sopko (Gonzaga).

Brewster—In the past few months catcher/first baseman/DH Wade Wass has gone from the Alabama Crimson Tide to the Cape Cod Baseball League’s Brewster Whitecaps to the Los Angeles Angels. Wass signed a minor league contract with the Angels on Sunday. Prior to the signing on July 2, he unleashed a record-setting barrage of offensive power during Brewster’s 12-5 rout of visiting Wareham, hitting two grand slam home runs and an RBI-double. No CCBL player had previously hit two grand slams in a single game, nor had anyone ever driven in nine runs in one game. Wass did both on national television—the opening telecast of the Cape League season on Fox College Sports Atlantic.

Chatham—Two of the top home run hitters this summer are playing for the Anglers. First baseman AJ Murray (Georgia Tech), who also leads the team in hitting with an average at the plate of .352, and right fielder Chris Shaw (Boston College) both have four home runs so far this season. Murray leads the team with 18 RBI, followed by Shaw with 16.

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Cotuit—Over the last week first baseman/outfielder Jake Fincher (NC State) has led the Kettleers in hitting with an average of .600. However, that first-place spot is in jeopardy of being lost to Cotuit teammate Grant Kay (Louisville), who joined the team on June 29 and saw his first action the next day in a 16-6 Kettleer victory over Bourne. Kay, who has seen action in just six games, hit .524 in the same week. The two sluggers lead the Kettleers at the plate with Kay’s season average at .538 and Fincher hitting at a .450 clip for the summer.

Falmouth—Arizona shortstop Kevin Newman has been quietly making noise. Over the last week he has an average of .522 at the plate and a .429 average for the summer in 12 games played for the Commodores. Newman, whose on-base percentage has risen to 1.026 is a threat to run. He leads Falmouth with four stolen bases this season. Last year with Falmouth he earned a trip to the Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star game and won the league’s batting title with an average of .375, making him the only freshman to do so in Cape League history.

Harwich—Tuesday night’s 13-8 victory by the Eastern Division-leading Mariners (15-8-1) over neighboring third-place Chatham (12-11-1) was the fourth time Harwich has beaten the Anglers in the four times they have played this summer. The teams first faced off June 19, with Harwich winning 6-5. They met again on June 27, with Harwich winning 10-4. On June 30 the Mariners ended the month with a 7-3 victory over Chatham. Over the course of the four games played against each other so far this season, Harwich has outscored Chatham 36-20. The two teams have two more meetings slated for the summer season, with games on July 26 and July 31.

Hyannis—While the Harbor Hawks have struggled recently, losing seven of their last eight games, Carl Wise (Charleston) has been hot. Over the last seven days the Hyannis first baseman has hit .438, while slugging .625, with a home run and four RBI. Second baseman John La Prise (Virginia) has hit at a .385 clip this past week. After opening the season strong and vying for first place in the Western Division during the month of June, as a team the Harbor Hawks have fallen to hitting for an overall average of .241. The pitching staff has seen their ERA rise to 4.72. They were outscored 63-22 over their seven-game losing stretch.

Orleans—Orleans third baseman David Thompson (Miami) made several standout plays that earned him recognition as the Cape Cod Baseball League Player of the Week on Monday. Thompson was instrumental in some key plays for Orleans, as the Firebirds locked down second place in the Eastern Division, one point behind Harwich. Orleans put up a fight against Chatham last Thursday with help from Thompson, who singled in the second and doubled in the fifth and ninth innings. He then drove in four runs in Sunday night’s 5-1 victory over Wareham, raising his batting average to .337 this summer. As of Wednesday the Firebirds had won four straight games.

Wareham—Gatemen designated hitter and infielder Willie Calhoun (Arizona) has 12 doubles through the first 24 games this season. The Wareham and Cape League record is 19 doubles for a single season; this is shared by former major leaguer and Wareham player Walt Weiss (1984) and Dan Olson (1994) from the Hyannis Mets. Calhoun also leads the team in walks with 11.

Yarmouth-Dennis—Yarmouth-Dennis’ Kevin Duchene (Illinois Champaign) joins the roster of  Coca-Cola Pitchers of the Week this week following his performance on the mound this past Wednesday, July 2, in an 8-1 victory over Falmouth. The Red Sox pitcher tossed six shutout innings in the win, striking out nine Commodores and giving up only two hits. Duchene has racked up 26 strikeouts in 25 and a third innings pitched this summer. The Joliet, Illinois, native is entering his junior year at University of Illinois Champaign. He went an impressive 4-1 this spring and finished with a Big Ten-best 1.80 ERA and 35 strikeouts.

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