Bourne Braves: While the Braves have struggled for a good portion of the season, left-hander Mac Lardner (Gonzaga) has been a big bright spot for the club. The starting pitcher improved on his resume with seven shutout innings against Falmouth on July 8 in a 14-0 win by the Braves. Lardner fanned eight and did not walk a man in his outing. For the season, Lardner has worked 22 innings, owns a 2-1 record and a league-best 0.81 ERA over his four starts, has recorded 17 strikeouts and has walked just one. After scattering two hits against the Commodores opposing hitters are now hitting at just a .182 clip.
Brewster Whitecaps: Catcher Brett Auerbach (Alabama) is making a strong case for a spot on the all-star team. Auerbach was among the league leaders in base hits (21) entering play on July 10. Auerbach has the third-most hits among catchers in the league, has scored 10 runs and driven in six. He’s also made just a single error behind the plate thus far.
Chatham Anglers: Luke Bartnicki (Georgia Tech) has not made a start for the Anglers, but has found himself in position to win games time and again. The lefty from Marietta, Georgia, picked up wins in three straight long relief outings in June and is tied for the league lead in victories. On the Fourth of July he was not as lucky, allowing five earned runs over 3.2 innings in a no-decision against Orleans. The Anglers won that game in the end, 8-7, and have prevailed in all five games that he’s appeared in entering play on July 10.
Cotuit Kettleers: When Oraj Anu (Kentucky) hits the ball, good things happen. For Anu, consistency has been the problem. Cotuit’s outfielder has 12 base hits in 69 at-bats (.174 average), but five of those hits have been ropes. Anu has four home runs—which is tied for second in the league—and one triple. Strangely enough, he has zero doubles. Anu has struck out 20 times, an average of once per game.
Falmouth Commodores: For years the Commodores have been known as a franchise that bashes the ball, but manager Jeff Trundy has sneakily had a love for the running game. This year the Commodores lead the CCBL in stolen bases, with 42 as a team through July 9. Blake Dunn (Western Michigan) and Hayden Cantrelle (Louisiana Lafeyette) were tied for the team lead in steals with 10 apiece, putting them second in the league. Dunn is 10-for-12 on pilferage attempts, while Cantrelle is 10-for-11 overall. Wareham’s Braiden Ward (Washington) leads the league with 14 steals.
Harwich Mariners: Mariners infielder Hal Hughes (LSU) cannot seem to catch a break. Hughes has been putting the ball into play, but hits have been hard to come by. The middle infielder saw his average fall to .146 after an 0-for-2 night against Chatham on July 9. He has just six hits in 41 at-bats so far this summer, and has only struck out seven times and walked twice.
Hyannis Harbor Hawks: Middle infielder Jordan Westburg (Mississippi State) was a late arrival, but he certainly is making up for lost time. The Harbor Hawk has been raking since making his debut on July 5, collecting 12 hits in his first 20 at-bats. Westburg has put together one of the best first weeks in recent history, posting multiple hit games in each of his first five contests. Over that span he already had three home runs and two doubles, with a .600 batting average, 1.150 slugging average and unreal 1.802 OPS as of July 9. Westburg homered twice in his first game against Cotuit and has not cooled off.
Orleans Firebirds: The Birds are second-to-last in team batting so far, but don’t blame center fielder Max Troiani (Bentley). The Pittsford, New York, resident had 23 hits entering action on July 10. That was nine more than the next best total on the team. Troiani’s .299 average was 40 points better than the second leading hitter on the Firebirds, Zach Kokoska (Kansas State).
Wareham Gatemen: A hitting streak is a nice thing, but how about a multi-hit hit streak? Matt McLain (UCLA) connected for his third straight multi-hit contest on July 9 in a 13-2 win against Yarmouth-Dennis. McLain went 3-for-5 against the Sox and was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. He had two hits in each of the two games before that. On July 6 he had just one hit, but it left the yard for his second home run of the season. McLain has hit safely in five of his last six games, going 11-for-22 (.500) during that stretch. Prior to that he had gone hitless in 16 consecutive at-bats. The hot run has seen him raise his average from a season-low of .219 to .316.
Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox: If you put the bat on the ball against Yarmouth-Dennis lefty Ian Seymour (Virginia Tech), then you’re ahead of the game. The starting pitcher has been striking batters out at a prodigious rate and led the CCBL with 32 Ks heading into action on June 10. Seymour has fanned 54-percent of the batters he has faced in his 19.1 innings of work.