Bourne’s bats having big first week
As of Wednesday, the undefeated Bourne Braves lead the Cape in nearly every category of batting?statistics. The Braves lead the league in batting average, slugging, home runs, RBIs, hits and runs through the first three games of the season. They’re batting a combined .336 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs.?
In particular, middle infielders Nick Goodwin of Kansas State and Joe Lampe of Arizona State?are batting .500 and .429, respectively. UCONN’s Reggie Crawford leads the Braves in hits, with six. He’s batting .400 through three games. Every Bourne player, except for Peter Burns, who has had an at-bat this season has tallied at least one hit.?
South Carolina’s Braylen Wimmer leads the team in home runs, with two and he’s driven in a team-leading five RBIs.?
Six other Braves have gone yard through three games as well, those are as follows: Goodwin, Crawford, Louisville’s Dalton Rushing, East Carolina’s Zachary Agnos and Virginia Tech’s Tanner Schobel.?
Beloso’s?bat leads Cape League in first week
Through three games, Harwich’s Cade?Beloso?has been swinging the bat well.?
He’s 5-for-9 hitting at this point, making his batting average of .556 the best in the Cape League. His OPS is also first in the league, sitting at .667. However, he’s yet to drive in a run or hit one out of the park.?
“When I’m at the plate, I’m just trying to hit the ball, see the ball,”?Beloso?said. “Not trying to do too much, not thinking about too much before I get up there. Just staying relaxed and ‘See ball, hit ball.’ Sounds pretty simple.”?
Beloso?batted .226 for LSU in 2021. He hit three home runs and had 29 RBIs. In his last full season, 2019,?Beloso?hit .279 and had 10 home runs and 52 RBIs. He was also the Times’ Player to Watch on this summer’s Harwich team.?
Shawver K’s 10 in first Cape League start?
Cincinnati pitcher Evan Shawver has only pitched one game for Harwich, but he already leads the Cape League in strikeouts through three games.?
The Mariners pitcher started Monday against Yarmouth-Dennis and pitched six innings, fanning 10 in the process. He also gave up just three hits in 22 batters faced and he didn’t allow a walk.?
“Overall, I felt good,” Shawver said. “The fastball command, curveball command, like everything was working that day.”?
The left-hander started nine games for the Bearcats in 2021 and struck out 49 batters in 46.1 innings, giving up just 16 walks and having an opponent batting average of .229.?
Hyannis releases opening day starter; his return expected?
On Monday, the Hyannis Harbor Hawks released Missouri pitcher Seth Halvorsen, their opening day starter, from his contract — however, the move wasn’t an unplanned one.?
Hyannis field manager Gary Calhoun said Wednesday that Halvorsen was released from his contract so that he could return home to participate in a combine for professional scouts. He’s expected to return to the team and is slated to pitch on June 27.?
Halvorsen took the mound for Hyannis on Sunday and pitched three innings, striking out two and allowing two hits.?
CCBL Opening Day sets attendance records
Fans came out in droves for the Cape League’s opening day on Sunday, as every park hosting a game beat out its home opener totals from 2019.?
According to a release, the League saw 10,808 fans attend opening day games. In ‘19, it saw just 4,828 fans.?
Red Wilson Field in Yarmouth saw the most fans for opening day this year, as 2,800 came to see the Red Sox tie Brewster 5-5. That number was up from 888 in ‘19. Eldredge Park in Orleans and Lowell Park in Cotuit were the only other crowds to amass more than 2,000 fans Sunday was Lowell Park, having 2,533 and 2,021 fans, respectively.?
No stadium had less than 1,000 in attendance. Both?Guv?Fuller Field in Falmouth and Doran Park in Bourne totaled 1,750 and 1,704 each.?
Massachusetts congressman honors late commissioner Galop?
On Monday, Massachusetts Congressman?Bill Keating was in attendance at Spillane Field in Wareham, in large part to participate in a pre-game ceremony that honored late CCBL Commissioner Paul Galop.?
Galop died on May 28 after a short battle with cancer.
In 2003, Galop became commissioner of the league and served in that role?until?he retired in 2019. He transitioned into a role as the CCBL’s first-ever commissioner emeritus. In November, he was inducted into the?Cape League’s Hall?of Fame.?
According to a release, Keating presented Galop’s family with a congressional resolution that detailed his work with the league.?
“Without Galop’s leadership during the time he was Commissioner, the Cape League wouldn’t have been as successful as it was,” Keating said in a release.?“He made a lasting impact, not only on his family and his baseball family, but on the game of baseball itself.”
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