Notes; July 17

by Dave B. in

We woke up this morning to find a three-way tie for first place in the East. Harwich, Orleans and Yarmouth-Dennis all have 32 points. Chatham sits just two points behind the leaders. Last place Brewster (24 pts.) has beaten Harwich in all four meetings between the teams and the Whitecaps have outscored the Mariners, 41-11, in those games. Cotuit (30 pts.) has dropped their last two games, but prior to that, the Kettleers went on a 7 game win streak to move into first place in the West. Falmouth has dropped their last two games, to remain 2 pts. in back of Cotuit. Hyannis has gone 9-6 after their dreadful 1-11 start to the season and the Harbor Hawks are just 4 pts. behind third-place Wareham. Bourne is in last place, but only 2 pts. in back of Hyannis.

When East meets West, the eastern teams have a 39-24 advantage.

There have only been 7 extra inning games. No team has won more than one. Hyannis and Brewster have dropped two games in extras.

Cotuit is 4-0 in one-run games. Hyannis has dropped 8 games by a single run.

Cotuit and Harwich are the only teams not to be shutout this year. Wareham, Falmouth and Y-D have yet to pitch a shutout.

Wareham is 4-9 in home games. Last year, the Gatemen only won 9 games at Spillane Field.

Harwich's Phil Ervin (Samford) has not homered in the month of July, a stretch of 12 games. After hitting 8 round-trippers in his first 15 games, Ervin has been caught atop the homerun leaderboard by Mariner teammate Eric Jagielo (Notre Dame) and Wareham's Daniel Palka (Georgia Tech). He may not be knocking the ball out of the yard, but Ervin is still getting the job done with the stick. He is batting .337 with a .465 OBP and 1.106 OPS. Ervin's 59 total bases leads the league.

Hey, who says the Cape Cod Times jinx isn't real? Add Chatham's Adam Engel (Louisville) to the list of victims. After being spotlighted this past Friday, Engel has gone 0-13 in 3 games. He walked once and was immediately caught stealing for just the second time this year - and that was after the Times highlighted his speed and stolen base prowess. The jinx lives!

Brewster's opponents have been successful on 44 of 48 stolen base attempts.

Chatham catcher Chad Morgan (Virginia Tech) is the best at throwing out potential base stealers. Morgan has gunned down 35% of runners on 6 of 17 attempts. Morgan's teammate, Andrew Knapp (California) is right behind at 33%, having nabbed 8 of 24 runners.

Y-D's Aaron Blair (Marshall) is the league's only 5 game winner. With an unblemished record and a 1.19 ERA, Blair is scheduled to make his next start on Friday when the Red Sox visit Brewster. Falmouth's Craig Schlitter (Bryant) is scheduled to go for his fifth win when the Commodores travel to Harwich tomorrow.

After arriving late from Arkansas, Wareham's Barrett Astin has struggled in his two appearances. Astin is 0-2 with a 6.48 ERA and opponents are hitting .371 against him.

Falmouth's Benjamin Ballantine (Michigan) is 0-4 with an 8.49 ERA and leads the league in homeruns allowed (7) but still has the distinction of throwing the only complete game.

Yarmouth-Dennis is hot. The Red Sox have the longest current win streak (5) and have scored 60 runs in 6 of their last 7 games. The only blip in the Red Sox run came last Tuesday when Cotuit pounded out a 10-0 win as Cam Griffin (Stetson), Joe Broussard (LSU), Ryan Connolly (Coastal Carolina) and Dan Slania (Notre Dame) limited Y-D to 3 hits. Slania leads the league with 6 saves.

The overall league-wide batting average is .265 and there have been 243 homeruns hit so far this summer. The overall league-wide ERA is 4.43.