Vanderbilt's fall season ended with the Gold Team finishing off a series sweep with a 5-3 win over the Black Team on Sunday. Aaron Westlake (Chatham, '10) put on a power display for the Gold squad hitting three home runs on the afternoon and driving in four of the team's five runs. Joe Loftus (Harwich, '09) added a solo home run for the fifth run. Westlake's first homer came in the first inning with two outs, a solo shot to center field to give the Gold Team an early advantage. After the Black Team had taken their first lead of the series with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth, Westlake crushed his second home run to the back of the bleachers in right field. His third round tripper of the day, a two-run shot in the sixth, proved to be the game breaker. Sophomore Will Clinard (Orleans, '10) earned the win in relief by working three scoreless innings. Vanderbilt is an interesting team to follow because many Commodores come to the Cape each year. One Vandy freshman to keep an eye on is LHP Kevin Ziomek from Amherst, MA. Ziomek was widely considered to be the best high school player in Massachusetts and possibly the top prospect in all of New England. He was drafted in the 13th round by Arizona in June's MLB Draft and would likely have gone higher if not for his committment to Vanderbilt. Expect to see Ziomek on a Cape League roster in 2011. (Some of this information was taken from the Vanderbilt University Athletic Dept. website.) Ithaca College has announced that junior RHP Tucker Healy will be playing for the Chatham Anglers next summer. Healy hails from Needham, MA. As a freshman, Healy went 3-0 with 5 saves and a 2.70 ERA while limiting opponents to a .182 average. Healy followed that up by going 2-1 with a 1.17 ERA, striking out 47 and walking 14 in 30.2 innings last spring. Of his 30 career appearances, 28 have been in a relief role.
While we are used to seeing Cape League players have success in the majors, it isn't quite as common to see them take their talents to the National Football League. Riley Cooper caught his first touchdown pass as a pro for the Philadelphia Eagles in their game against Tennessee this past Sunday. One of Tim Tebow's favorite targets when he played at Florida, Cooper played in three games for the Cotuit Kettleers in 2009.