Around The Horn June 20, 2014

Bourne Braves: Catcher Gavin Collins has been an on-base machine for the Braves early on. Collins of Mississippi State has reached base at least once in each of the five games he’s appeared in, with six hits and four walks. His on-base percentage sits at .526 so far, with a batting average of .400, which tops the team.

Brewster Whitecaps: Andrew Lee has been a double threat for the Caps. As a pitcher, Lee picked up a win with a six-inning outing against Bourne on June 15, as he surrendered just one earned run on a pair of hits, with six strikeouts. As a first baseman, he’s hitting .500, having gone two-for-four in two games playing the field.

Chatham Anglers: You won’t find a more heartwarming story than the one that is playing out in Chatham this summer. Redshirt freshman Max Tishman of Wake Forest University has risen up the Cape League ranks like very few before him. The first-year Angler first participated in Cape League action as a batboy 12 years ago. The Wellesley native has summered on the Cape his whole life and said that one of his biggest dreams was to have the opportunity to play for Chatham. He pitched well in his debut on Sunday in the nightcap of a doubleheader. Tishman took a loss, but went 4.2 innings, allowing four hits and two earned runs in a 3-0 decision against Cotuit. He struck out three and did not walk a batter.

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Cotuit Kettleers: When Caleb Whalen gets to first base, you almost guarantee he’s going to second. The Kettleers just need the University of Portland product to reach base a little more. He’s already sprinted to the lead in stolen bases. Despite a .111 batting average, Whalen has swiped five bases, including three in a game against Chatham on June 15.

Falmouth Commodores: The Commodores hosted their annual golf tournament fundraiser at New Seabury Country Club. The jam-packed event raised money to help with the organization’s operating expenses. The team lucked out that part of it would not have to go toward medical costs. Relief pitcher Matt Eckelman was playing with the winning foursome, a group of former Falmouth High School golfers who had a great day on the course. Eckelman was on the 10th fairway with his playing partners—Andrew Kelly, Jake Beaton, Matt Kinchla and Mary Kate Robinson—when an errant drive from another hole hit him in the head. General manager Eric Zmuda was playing in the foursome behind Eckelman’s group. “He’s fine, thank goodness. It got him right on top of the head,” Zmuda said. Eckelman (St. Louis) pitched an inning and a third the next night, allowing just one hit, with two strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA over three relief appearances for the season.

Harwich Mariners: The Harwich Mariners have gotten off to a red hot start to the season, winning five of their first six games. Over that stretch of games the club has posted a .294 batting average, led by returning star Ian Happ (Cincinnatti). Happ batted .500 over the first week of the season, with 10 hits in 20 trips to the plate. He’s already stolen four bases as well and scored six times. Kyle Barrett of Kentucky is also off to a great start. The infielder has also played in all six games and has a .500 average (6-for-12), with  a pair of walks.

Hyannis Harbor Hawks: Southeastern Louisiana’s Tate Scioneaux has had early success on the hill for the Hawks. Scioneaux has posted wins in each of his first two starts, allowing just three earned runs over 11.1 innings. Scioneaux has just four strikeouts, and has walked five with 14 hits allowed, but he’s kept the ball down and given his team a chance to win in both starts as he’s currently leading the league in wins.

Orleans Firebirds: On the strength of back-to-back three-RBI nights, Edwin Rios (Florida International) has the early RBI lead in the Cape Cod Baseball League, with eight after six games. The man on the hot corner for the Firebirds has had a great start to his season, collecting nine base hits over his first six games. He’s already smashed two homers, a triple and double and is currently slugging .783 with an outlandish OPS of 1.200. His two homers are tied with two other players for the early lead on the year.

Wareham Gatemen: Jake Little (Memphis) has done good things at the plate for the Gatemen so far this season. The infielder is tied for the league-lead in homers, with two through his first six games, and also has a double and a triple. Little has had at least one hit in five of the six games he’s appeared in so far and has been a bright spot during a tough start for the 1-5 Gatemen.

Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox: Long reliever Doug Willey of Franklin Pierce College is looking for a full-time contract with Y-D and it’s going to be hard for the team to get rid of him if he continues to pitch this well. Willey has appeared twice so far, going four innings of relief both times. He’s yet to allow a run and has scattered four hits with nine strikeouts and three walks. Opponents are hitting just .154 against him. He is tied with several pitchers for lowest CCBL ERA with a 0.00 so far.

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