For an early look at the 2010 Bourne Braves, check out their roster at: www.bournebraves.org/bourne-braves-roster.html The defending CCBL champions return three players. Pierre LePage (UConn) batted .308 and swiped 17 bases for the Braves last year while playing a solid secondbase. In addition to being picked to the CCBL All-League Team, LePage was also named winner of the Manny Robello 10th Player Award and the Daniel J. Silva Sportsmanship Award. This will be LePage's third season on the Cape. He played in 16 games as a late-season addition to the Braves roster in 2008.
Returning to Doran Park for a second season will be Arizona State infielder Zach MacPhee who appeared in 30 games and RHP Michael Dimock (Wake Forest). Dimock went 2-0 with a 3.42 ERA in 23.2 innings and had an impressive 25 strikeouts while issuing just 5 walks.
Here is a quick look at a few more players on the Braves roster:
In Anthony Rendon, the Braves have one of the nation's most exciting players. The thirdbaseman from Rice was on the Braves early-season roster last year. Rendon suffered an ankle injury in the Owls' final game of the Super Regionals which forced him to sit out last summer. Rendon was a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy (presented to the nation's top collegiate player) and the Golden Spikes Award (the country's top amateur player). After leading Conference-USA with a .388 average, setting a Rice record for freshman with 20 homeruns, and being among the conference leaders with 72 RBI, Rendon earned All-American honors and was named the National Freshman of the Year. Rendon is an obvious candidate for a spot on Team USA.
Florida's freshman catcher, Austin Maddox, was ranked number 18 on Baseball America's list of Top 100 High School Prospects entering his senior year.
As a freshman, RHP Tony Zych won 6 games for Louisville last spring. Zych earned a berth on Team USA where he lost his only decision but posted a 2.93 ERA and held opposing batters to a .224 average in six relief appearances.
Zych's classmate, shortstop Ryan Wright, batted .335 and drove in 66 runs for the Cardinals.
Bourne will be looking to Coastal Carolina outfielder Daniel Bowman to provide some pop in the lineup. Bowman batted .333 with 13 HR and 54 RBI last year. Bowman's teammate, RHP Anthony Meo, was 9-2 with a 2.93 ERA. Meo limited opposing batters to a .233 average over 76.2 innings for the Chanticleers.
Will Roberts, a righthanded pitcher from Virginia, was 4-0 for the Cavs and struckout 38 batters in 37 innings. In the summer, Roberts pitched for the NECBL's Newport Gulls and compiled a 3-0 record with a 1.00 ERA. He also started two playoff games and did not allow a run for the league champions.
Kent State utility infielder Travis Shaw batted .331 and hit 7 homeruns as a freshman. Travis' father is Jeff Shaw who had a solid major league career pitching for the Cleveland Indians, Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds.