Notes; July 8th

by Dave B. in

The Falmouth Commodores (12-8) are the only team in the West with a better than .500 record. As I mentioned in the "Holiday Notes" post from last Wednesday, I'm convinced there may be a Cape Cod Times jinx at work! That day, I noted how Bourne's Jaron Long and Harwich's Austin Wilson struggled in their first game after being spotlighted in the pages of the Times. That trend continued this past Friday when Wareham's Kyle Schwarber was featured. That night, Schwarber went 0-4 with a strikeout in a 7-4 Wareham win over Orleans. Things didn't go any better for Schwarber in his next game either as he went 0-3 with two strikeouts as the Gatemen lost to Cotuit, 5-2, last night.

The Brewster Whitecaps have been an inconsistent team. The good Brewster team showed up on Tuesday and Wednesday when they opened some eyes by pounding Harwich, 8-2 and 19-1. In their 4 games before facing Harwich, and the two games after beating the Mariners, the Whitecaps gave up 48 runs before rebounding with a 9-1 win over Falmouth last night. Brewster's 5.12 team ERA ranks eighth in the league.

This photo from Wareham pitcher Jonathan Holder (Mississippi State) gives added meaning to "warming up in the bullpen" :

Orleans, at 2.82, is the only team with an ERA below 3.00.

Three of the top four batting averages belong to Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. Robert Pehl (Washington) continues to lead the way with a .410 mark. Zak Blair (Mercyhurst) is third at .373 and Stanford's Alex Blandino is right behind Blair at .368. Breaking the Red Sox stranglehold atop the leader board is Cotuit's Patrick Biondi (Michigan) who is just behind Pehl in second place at .407.

Not surprisingly, Y-D continues to lead the league in batting with a .320 avg. - 37 points higher than second-ranked Cotuit. Chatham's .227 mark ranks last and you have to go wayyyy down the list to find the first Angler. Andrew Knapp's (California) .275 avg.  comes in at 39th best.

Brewster's Derek Campbell (California) looks like an All Star to me. Campbell is batting .302 but what has impressed me most about him is that he has usually been at shortstop in the Whitecaps games that I have seen and only has one error while looking very smooth at that position.

It used to be surprising to see a pitcher throw a complete game. Falmouth's Ben Ballantine (Michigan) remains the only hurler to go the distance this year. Now, with innings limits and pitch counts being what they are, it is surprising to see a starter work beyond the sixth inning.