From The Dugout: It's Playoff Time
August 6, 2010
Christian Jones and KC Serna begin playoff action tonight in the Cape Cod League. Last week, both played at Fenway Park in the Cape Cod All-Star Game, and Christian was kind enough to write a blog about his All-Star experience.
Also, thanks to the Falmouth Commodores for posting this video of the Cape Cod All-Star Game on YouTube. Watch closely for appearances from KC and Christian.
The Cape Cod All-Star Game took place last Wednesday at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. Fenway Park is one of the oldest and most cherished ballparks in the world. It was a thrill and an honor to be invited to play in the Cape Cod All-Star Game!
Upon arriving at the field, we were greeted with somewhat of a negative first impression. The field manager told us all the things that we couldn’t do; walk on the grass; take anything with us, etc. Once that disappointing side note was passed, the rest of the evening was wonderful.
The field was in pristine condition, the stadium was huge, and all the history that has taken place at Fenway combined to make one amazing feeling - a sensation that lasted throughout all the festivities of the evening.
The night started with batting practice, and watching the players trying to hit home runs over the Green Monster in left. There were quite a few home run hitters that showed off their power during batting practice. That power carried over to the home run derby. There were six players in the home run derby, but the two well-known hitters were East Tennessee State’s Paul Hoilman, who won the collegiate home run derby this past year, and Ricky Oropesa, who plays for USC. It was harder for Oropesa to hit homers because the wind seemed to be knocking down all the balls hit to right. So just like the collegiate home run derby, Hoilman won the Cape Cod Home Run Derby as well.
Once the derby was over, it was time for the real show to start. The game was amazing because there were so many good players showing off their talents, and it actually felt like a major league game. Out of the 50 players that participated in the game, there were 15 or 16 players that had already been drafted. It felt as though we were in the big leagues going through all of the same things that the professionals do for their all-star game. All young baseball players want to know what it is like to be a big leaguer. I am sure the experience of the Cape Cod All-Star Game wasn’t quite the same as the MLB All-Star Game, but I can imagine that the excitement I was feeling was pretty darn close.
Overall the experience of playing and meeting so many great players was a very memorable event for me and every player there. I hope that many future Ducks and myself are fortunate enough to make another All-Star Game! Thank you for reading and I hope you all enjoy the rest of the summer.
Tyler Anderson, Scott McGough and the rest of the Collegiate National Team square off against Cuba in the gold medal game of the FISU World University Baseball Championships at Meiji Jingu Stadium on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. local time in Japan and 5 a.m. (EST).
USA, who owns a 16-2 record heading into Saturday's championship game, is currently riding a seven-game winning streak and is coming off a 4-2 win over host nation Japan in semi-final action Thursday night. USA has won the last three FISU World University Baseball Championships and is seeking its fourth-straight gold medal on Saturday. Matt Barnes (Connecticut) and Tyler Anderson are among seven pitchers in the event (min. four innings) with a 0.00 ERA.
Cuba enters the contest on the heels of an 11-0 win over Korea in semi-final action. The Cubans have scored double-digits in all five games and have outscored its opponents by a 70-8 margin.
Cape Cod League
Last night, the Falmouth Commodores (18-22-1) beat Hyannis (13-27), 7-2, to clinch a playoff berth and eliminate the Harborhawks from playoff contention. The playoffs begin tonight as Falmouth hosts Cotuit.
Madison Boer and the La Crosse Loggers (34-26) have won five straight and tonight play a crucial game two tonight with second-place Green Bay (34-26). Currently La Crosse and Green Bay are tied for second in the South Division standings. Boer has a record of 4-1 with four saves and a 0.55 ERA while holding opposing batters to a .196 clip.
Ryan Hambright had a 4-for-5 outing and Andrew Mendenhall produced two RBIs, but it wasn’t enough last night as Rochester fell, 6-5, in 10 innings to the Willmar Stingers. Hambright is batting .325 on the season with 15 RBIs, while Mendenhall is hitting .238 with 10 RBIs and five doubles. Danny Pulfer is hitting .233 with 14 RBIs. The Honlers (31-25) are currently second in the North Division.
West Coast League
Mitch Karraker (26-19) and the Bend Elks still look poised to make the WCL playoffs currently sitting at second place in the West Division with a three-game series against the Wenatchee AppleSox remaining on the regular-season schedule.
Paul Eshleman and the Kitsap BlueJackets are not mathematically out of the playoff equation with a record of 24-22 and trailing Bend. The BlueJackets have two games remaining against the Bellingham Bells (24-22).
California Collegiate League
Dylan Gavin and the San Luis Obispo Blues finished the season with a second-place finish and a record of 32-17 in the CCL. Gavin batted .236 with 23 RBIs, 22 runs scored, four doubles and two home runs.
Ryon Healy and the Conejo Oaks finished the summer season with a record of 21-29. Healy led the Oaks batting .360 with 38 RBIs, 29 runs scored, 17 doubles and four home runs.
Stefan Sabol has won seven of the last eight games with the Cowlitz Black Bears (16-29). Sabol is batting .245 with 10 RBIs, five doubles, one triple and one home run.
Erik Stavert: Tri City Dust Devils (Northwest League, Class A Short Season)
Drew Gagnier: Connecticut Tigers (New York-Penn League, Class A Short-Season)
Eddie Rodriguez: GCL Marlins (Gulf Coast League – East, Rookie Ball)
Zack Thornton: Vancouver Canadians (Northwest League, Class A Short Season)
Ryan Fleckenstein: GCL Rays (Gulf Coast League – South, Rookie Ball)