Around the Horn July 4, 2014

Bourne Braves: The Braves’ best player from last year, Max Pentecost (Kennesaw State), parlayed an all-star season in Bourne into a fantastic year in college, and the 11th selection overall in the MLB Draft. The Toronto Blue Jays’ first rounder has not signed yet, but has been busy nonetheless. Pentecost became the seventh CCBL alum, in the 15-year history of the award, to win the Johnny Bench Award, as the best catcher in the nation.

Pentecost was third in the CCBL in hitting last year (.346) and hit five homers with 29 RBIs. At college this past year, he hit .422, which was second in D1, and led the nation in hits, with 113. He also stole a team-leading 17 bases and finished with nine homers and 61 RBIs.

Brewster Whitecaps: Third baseman Travis Maezes (Michigan) is in the zone at the plate for the Caps right now. Maezes is riding a six-game hitting streak that has seen him raise his batting average from .333 to .417. On June 30 he went three-for-five with a homer and four RBIs against Orleans, in an 11-7 loss. Maezes does not yet have enough at-bats to qualify for the top of the league list, but once he reaches that point he will be among the leaders. His average right now would lead the league.

Chatham Anglers: There’s nothing as calming for a manager as knowing that he’s got a shutdown power arm in the back of his bullpen. John Schiffner has exactly that in right-hander Kyle Davis (Southern Cal). The reliever has appeared in eight games for the Anglers and been lights out. Over 13.1 innings, he’s struck out 20, which is third in the CCBL. Davis has allowed just nine hits, with three walks. He picked up a four-inning relief win on June 29 against Hyannis and has earned three saves.

Cotuit Kettleers: Outfielder Jackson Glines (Michigan) played for Brewster for a week, and was the team’s leading hitter, but was released by the Whitecaps. He’s found a new home in Cotuit, and the time off has not hurt his hitting. After hitting .421 for the Caps, he sat out a week and has been hitting for the Kettleers since starting there a week later. Glines is five-for-11 (.455) over his first three games in Cotuit.

Falmouth Commodores: Two members of this year’s Falmouth Commodores squad were selected to try out for the Team USA National Collegiate team. One was selected, and one will be coming back to Falmouth.

Outfielder Tate Matheny (Missouri State) will be sticking with Team USA. He appeared in seven game for the Commodores, with a homer and three RBIs, before heading off to the tryouts. The reigning CCBL batting champion, Kevin Newman (Arizona), did not make the final roster. He will be back with the team shortly. Newman also played in seven games before the tryouts, with the shortstop hitting .346 before his departure. He had nine hits in those games, with a homer and six runs batted in.

Harwich Mariners: Harwich’s pitching staff is giving the rest of the Cape League fits so far. Over the Mariners’ first 17 games, the team had posted a league-low 2.17 staff-earned run average, which was 0.8 lower than the second-best team, Orleans. Opponents are hitting just .238 against the Mariners, which is second-best in the league, and the Mariners are averaging 8l.41 strikeouts per game. Michael Boyle (Radford) has arguably been the ace for the M’s. Boyle is 1-0 with a 0.00 earned run average. He’s appeared in three games, working 11.1 innings and has given up just 11 hits with eight strikeouts, just three walks and no earned runs allowed.

Hyannis Harbor Hawks: The Hawks might want to find a way to get Lance Thonvold (Minnesota) some more work. The right-hander has appeared in just four games, all in relief, and has been lights out for the Hawks. Over 10.2 innings of work, Thonvold has surrendered only seven hits and three walks, with 14 strikeouts. He earned saves in each of his first three appearances.

Orleans Firebirds: This bird is spitting fire for Orleans. Kolton Mahoney (BYU), who has reached the mid-90s with his fastball on radar guns, is leading the Cape League in strikeouts after his first three starts. Mahoney, who pitched a no-hitter for BYU back in March, has fanned 24 batters over just 16 innings of work, an average of 1.5 Ks per frame. On Saturday, against Y-D, he struck out a season-high 11 Red Sox hitters over six innings of work. He is now 2-0 overall on the season with a four-inning save over three appearances. He’s allowed just eight hits and three earned runs, with just four walks. Opponents are hitting just .151 against the Firebird.

Wareham Gatemen: Leadoff hitter Willie Calhoun (Arizona) has been very productive for the Gatemen. Monday night saw the end of a six-game hitting streak for Calhoun, who has either a hit or a run scored in 15 of the team’s 18 games this season. The first baseman is batting .351 for the season, with 26 hits.

Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox: Winning the triple crown is a difficult prospect, but the Red Sox have a threat to do that in outfielder Hunter Cole (Georgia). The team’s No. 3 hitter is among the league leaders in home runs (three), RBIs (14) and batting average (.349). The 21-year-old already has two four-RBI games this year. He’s also been a solid contact hitter for Y-D, striking out just seven times in 43 at-bats.


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