The crown jewel of the Cape Cod Baseball League calendar, the annual All-Star game, is scheduled for Sunday, July 21, at Eldredge Park in Orleans. The annual Cape League festival opens its gates at 2 PM. Tickets to the game are $5 per person and available at all CCBL parks, and will also be sold at the gate.
This past weekend the rosters for the game were selected by the Cape League coaching staffs.
Wareham scored four starters in the West starting lineup this season. Representing the Gatemen will be catcher Dallas Beaver (South Carolina), first baseman Jacob Teter (Florida Southern), center fielder Braiden Ward (Washington) and starting pitcher Ian Bedell (Missouri). Three other Gatemen will be reserves. Infielders Darren Baker (Cal-Berkley) Ben Sems (Kansas) are reserves, as is utility man Matt McLain (UCLA).
Beaver is hitting .353 for the season. Teter has a .303 average and has two home runs and a team-best 19 runs batted in. Ward is hitting .337 and has eight extra base hits for the season. Bedell has been lights out for the Gateman. He boasts a 3-0 record with a 0.70 earned run average. Over 25.2 innings the right-handed starter has struck out 28 batters and walked just three. Opposing hitters are batting .149 against him.
The Falmouth Commodores earned three starters in the all-star game. The left side of the infield will be all Falmouth guys, with Trei Cruz (Rice) starting at third and Hayden Cantrelle (Louisiana Lafayette) getting the nod at shortstop. Right fielder Zach Deloach (Texas A&M) is also starting in the game.
Cruz has posted a .330 average with 14 runs batted in. Cantrelle has hit at a .322 clip with seven extra-base hits and 12 stolen bases. Deloach is fighting for the league batting crown with a .395 average. He has four home runs, five doubles and 15 runs batted in.
Two Cotuit Kettleers were named to the starting lineup. The Lowell Park dwellers will be second baseman Nick Gonzales (New Mexico State) and left fielder Allbry Major (Xavier). Reserves from Cotuit include catcher Cody Pasic (Maine), infielder Casey Schmitt (San Diego), outfielder Parker Chavers (Coastal Carolina) and utility man Matt Mervis (Duke).
Major would be leading the CCBL in hitting if he had enough plate appearances to qualify. An eight-game hitting streak through July 14 raised his batting average to a robust .418, with seven doubles. Gonzales has been hot with the bat all year and is hitting .337 with four home runs and 21 runs batted in.
Hyannis’s starter is designated hitter Hunter Goodman (Memphis). Jared DeSantolo (Florida Atlantic) is a utility backup.
Goodman has been one of the premier power hitters in the league this summer. He has five home runs and seven doubles, along with 26 RBI.
No Bourne Braves were named to the starting lineup. Catcher Jackson Greer (East Tennessee State), outfielder Jud Fabian (Florida) and utility man Cody Morissette (Boston College) made the team in a reserve role.
While Bourne had the fewest field players taken for the all-star team, they did lead the West with three pitchers. Harrison Rutkowski (Rutgers), Karl Johnson (UConn) and Mac Lardner (Gonzaga) all earned spots. Wareham, Cotuit and Falmouth each will add two arms to the roster. Along with starter Ian Bedell, the Gatemen will also have Trent Palmer (Jacksonville) on the team. Kettleers Reid Johnston (North Carolina State) and Matt Moore (Purdue). Falmouth’s hurlers on the squad are Franco Aleman (Florida International) and Logan Hoffman (Northwestern State). The lone Hyannis pitcher to make the team is Tyler Mattison (Bryant).
For the East Division, the infield consists of: catcher Austin Wells (Y-D, Arizona), first baseman Niko Kavadas (Harwich, Notre Dame), second baseman Christian Fedko (Harwich, UConn), third baseman Riley King (Y-D, Georgia) and shortstop Wyatt Young (Y-D, Pepperdine). The outfielders are: Jamal O’Guinn II (Chatham, USC), Max Troiani (Orleans, Bentley), and Daniel Cabrera (Harwich, LSU). TJ Collett (Brewster, Kentucky) is the designated hitter and Mason Black (Brewster, Lehigh) is the game’s starting pitcher.
The events will unfold as follows:
2 PM Gates open
2:30 to 3:15 PM East batting practice, West player autographs
3:20 to 4:05 PM West batting practice, East player autographs
4:20 to 4:30 PM East infield/outfield practice
4:30-4:40 West infield/outfield practice
5 PM Home run derby
5:40 to 5:45 PM Pregame ceremonies
5:45 to 5:52 PM Player introductions
5:52 to 5:55 PM National Anthem
5:55 to 5:57 PM First pitch ceremony
5:57 to 6 PM Players take field
6 PM Play ball