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Coca-Cola Pitcher of the Week
Cotuit starter Nick Hernandes (Tennessee) has something to prove in the Cape Cod Baseball League this summer. He’s coming off a disappointing spring in which he had a losing record (2-5) and a 5.16 ERA with the Volunteers as a sophomore but he turned in an overpowering performance Saturday against a Brewster squad that figures to be in the thick of the East Division race. Hernandes pitched seven strong innings, scattering seven singles and allowing just one run while striking out eight to beat Brewster, 4-1, before more than 3,000 delighted Opening Day fans at Lowell Park. The 6-4, 203-pound left-hander from Miami, Fla., did not walk a batter.
Coca-Cola Player of the Week
Harwich shortstop Tim Smalling (Arkansas) went 3-for-4, scored a run and drove in two to take Coca-Cola Player of the Week honors after the first weekend of Cape Cod Baseball League play. Smalling provided the spark as the Mariners opened the 2008 campaign with a resounding 9-4 win to spoil Bourne’s first-ever night game at Doran Park. The 6-3, 207-pound junior-to-be, one of five Razorbacks playing in the Cape League this summer, picked up where he left off in college with his award-winning effort against Bourne Saturday night. He had five two-RBI performances as well as two three-hit games among his 16 multi-hit games for the Hogs, while also compiling a 14-game hitting streak, Arkansas’ longest of the season.