A few years ago, Chatham manager John Schiffner was quoted in an interview on the Anglers website as saying that Chatham always gets the best players from North Carolina. That certainly has not been the case for awhile. While Tar Heels such as Dustin Ackley, Levi Michael and Mark Fleury have played for Harwich and Colin Moran, Tommy Coyle and Andrew Carignan have ended up in Bourne, the Anglers have not gotten the same level of player from UNC recently. Taking a look at this year's Chatham roster, they have Matt Roberts returning for a second season after batting .167 in 13 games for the Anglers last summer. So far, at North Carolina this spring, Roberts has appeared in 14 of 37 games and is batting .130. Tate Parrish defines "situational lefty." Parrish has appeared in 13 games but has pitched only 3.2 innings and has walked 3 and hit 3 batters in that time. Kent Emanuel was 9-1 with a 2.33 ERA for the Heels last year but followed that up by going 0-4 with a 4.18 ERA for Falmouth last summer when opponents whacked him around for a .330 avg. Emanuel is UNC's Friday starter this year and is 5-2 with a 1.82 ERA. Sticking with Chatham for a moment - while wondering what the odds are of one team missing the playoffs for a third straight year where 4 out of the 5 teams in the division qualify - Beau Amaral (2010, '11) and Pat Valaika both went 3 for 5 with 2 RBI in UCLA's 12-4 win over Cal State Northridge last night.
Chad Green (Bourne) tossed 4 perfect innings in relief in Louisville's 21-4 romp over Indiana. Green is now 2-0 with a 1.99 ERA and the opposition is batting just .224 off him.
Looks like it was a good night for Bourne's pitchers. Mississippi's Hawtin Buchanan was also perfect over 2.2 innings as he earned the win in the Rebels 6-3 victory over Mississippi State. Buchanan set down 5 of the 8 batters he faced by strikeout.
Really looking forward to watching North Carolina State's Trea Turner play for Yarmouth-Dennis. With a stolen base in last night's game, Turner now leads the nation with 39 swipes and has only been caught once.
John Curtiss (Falmouth) picked up his first win of the year in Texas' 2-0 win over Texas State. Curtiss did not allow a hit in 3 shutout innings.
Tom Bourdon (Chatham) hit his 9th homerun of the season - and third in four games - in a losing effort as Rhode Island clobbered Boston College, 16-4.
From one extreme to another.... Georgia Tech folks said that Dusty Isaacs (Cotuit) was on a pitch count last night. I guess he was. He started the game, worked 2 innings and threw 28 pitches. At the other end of the spectrum, we have Stanford's Mark Appel (Y-D, 2011) who went 9 innings and threw 150 pitches in his start last Friday.
In another strong pitching performance last night, Brady Kirkpatrick (Brewster) picked up his third win, tossing 4 hitless, scoreless innings as Maryland beat James Madison, 3-0. Another Whitecap, Austin Voth, pitched 4 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits but not walking a batter, as Washington beat Seattle, 6-0. Voth is now 5-1.
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has never met a microphone that he doesn't love, but I don't think he went about things the right way when he made recent comments about Kevin Youkilis. I think that what I am most hung up on though is what Dustin Pedroia said. When asked about Valentine's comments, Pedroia said Valentine would have to learn "this isn't the way we do things around here." Pedroia is one of my favorite players. He plays the game the right way and always goes full throttle. I'm guessing that even the biggest Red Sox-hater can appreciate the way Pedroia goes about his business on the field. I'm just having a hard time imagining what the reaction from most of our bosses would be if we said that he or she is just going to have to learn that that isn't the way we do things around here. Personally, I would much rather play for a "player's manager" like Terry Francona than Valentine, but it seems that certain players took advantage of Francona (see September, 2011). So, Dustin, maybe it's time to change the way things have been done on Yawkey Way.