BY PETER WARDELL
Stats reflect last week’s performance: July 23-29.
1. Sean Hagan, lhp, Falmouth Commodores (Sr., St. John’s)
Statistics: 1-0, 0.00, 9 IP, 1 GS, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K
Coming off a nine-inning no-decision last week versus Wareham, Hagan ensured the victory this time around, throwing a complete-game, one-hit shutout under drizzly rain at Brewster. The rising senior was nearly flawless, carrying a perfect game into the eighth inning and no-hit bid into the ninth before a bloop single broke it up for good.
“Obviously he had great stuff, but that was a game that was pitched,” said Falmouth manager Jeff Trundy. “Everything was working for him. Everything landed for strikes and he kept hitters off balance. It was the epitome of pitching.”
Added Hagan: “I typically struggle in the first inning and give up a hit early. For the most part though, I am able to get into grooves and that’s kind of the way I felt right away.”
2. Jeff Thompson, rhp, Bourne Braves (Jr., Louisville)
Statistics: 1-0, 0.00, 6 IP, 1 GS, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K
Thompson, a rising junior from Louisville, was equally impressive Sunday night, tossing a six-inning no-hitter with nine strikeouts in a game called early due to weather. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound righthander, who sits in the low 90s with his fastball and mixes in a quality changeup and slider, was dominant from the onset, striking out the first four Harwich hitters before issuing his first walk. It was the first no-hitter in CCBL play since Y-D’s Jordan Pries tossed one in 2010.
3. Kyle Schwarber, lf, Wareham Gatemen (So., Indiana)
Statistics: .550/.609/.900 (11-for-20), 7 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K, 1-for-1 SB
Schwarber, a rising sophomore from Indiana, has been a key contributor for the Gatemen this summer, leading the team with a .331 batting average and 30 RBIs. Last week, the 19-year-old hit safely in all five of the team’s games, collecting extra-base hits in four.
“Kyle does everything for this team,” Wareham manager Cooper Farris said. “He works hard at his hitting. He comes to play every day and he’s just had a great summer.”
4. Sean Manaea, lhp, Hyannis Harbor Hawks (Jr., Indiana State)
Statistics: 1-0, 0.00, 6 IP, 1 GS, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K
Before starting for the Western Division in the CCBL all-star game on Saturday, Manaea turned in yet another impressive outing, tossing six scoreless frames with just two hits and nine strikeouts, to earn his fourth straight appearance on the Hot Sheet. On the summer, opposing hitters are now batting just .134 against the rising junior, who hasn’t issued a walk in more than 26 innings.
5. Tony Kemp, 2b, Cotuit Kettleers (Jr., Vanderbilt)
Statistics: .529/.619/.941 (9-for-17), 3 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 4 BB, 2 K, 2-for-3 SB
With an eight-game win streak, the Cotuit Kettleers have ridden to the top of the Cape League standings with just a week left in the regular season. Kemp, a rising junior from Vanderbilt who made an appearance on the first Cape League Hot Sheet, has been one of the team’s top performers with his well-rounded game. As of July 30, the 5-foot-6, 165-pound second baseman was riding an eight-game hitting streak while ranking first in the CCBL in stolen bases and second in walks.
“Tony gives you lots of different looks,” Cotuit manager Mike Roberts said. “He takes a lot of pitches, but when he does decide to swing the bat, the ball comes off it good. There’s a lot of dynamite in that package. He’s awfully fun to coach.”
6. Drew Dosch, 3b, Falmouth Commodores (Jr., Youngstown State)
Statistics: .556/.600/.833 (10-for-18), 2 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB
A first-team all-Horizon League honoree at Youngstown State this spring, Dosch has been one of the most consistent sluggers on the Cape this summer, leading the league with 11 doubles, while ranking near the top in batting average, home runs and RBIs. This past week, the rising junior continued his run of success, posting multi-hit games in all four contests.
“Drew’s just continuing to do what he’s done all summer,” Trundy said. “He’s had good at-bat after good at-bat and has swung away very few over the course of the summer.”
7. Tyler Horan, dh, Wareham Gatemen (Jr., Virginia Tech)
Statistics: .421/.476/.947 (8-for-19), 3 R, 1 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K
Horan, a rising junior from Virginia Tech, has established himself as one of the league’s top power hitters over the past month, slugging his way atop the home run leaderboard (10) with three more this past week. A starting outfielder for the West in this past weekend’s all-star game, Horan has really made strides with his approach and hitting ability this summer, allowing him to further tap into his great raw power.
“Tyler’s really learned some discipline. He’s a strong kid and really motivated,” Farris said. “He was a football player and hasn’t played a whole lot of baseball—I think his best days are ahead of him.”
8. Ben Lively, rhp, Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (Jr., Central Florida)
Statistics: 0-1, 2.57, 7 IP, 1 GS, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 15 K
While other pitchers around the league may have posted better overall outings, it’s tough to find one as dominant as Lively’s 15-strikeout performance Friday night against Harwich. Backed by a low-90s fastball and sharp slider, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound righthander has shown flashes of brilliance throughout the summer, but has failed to put together complete outings. While he still wound up with the loss, the rising junior certainly impressed.
“He commanded the zone better than he has,” said Y-D manager Scott Pickler. “His fastball has some run to it. He threw his curveball and slider when he needed to and just pounded the zone and challenged hitters inside.”
As the Cape season nears its end, more players continue to end their summer campaigns. Wareham righthander Konner Wade (Arizona) and Hyannis righthander Jeff Hoffman (East Carolina) both shut down for the summer after inning appearances in Saturday’s all-star game, while Bourne slugger Mason Robbins (Southern Mississippi) also made the trip home. On the other hand, outfielder Michael Lorenzen (Cal State Fullerton) joined the Brewster Whitecaps on Tuesday after spending the summer with Team USA.
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