The current Chatham A’s head coach John Schiffner (Providence college grad) has just come back from the World Baseball Coaches Convention in Connecticut. He was a presenter of “Coaching the Bases” and made a great speech. The article deals how successful he has become as a head coach in Connecticut for high schools and also with Chatham. The full article is available here.
Nice article in the Napa Valley Register about sophomore to be Brett Wallace. He had an outstanding freshman season at ASU with a .371 average with seven home runs and 32 RBIs. He also had a productive summer in the Cape Cod League with the Falmouth Commodores. The whole article can be read here.
The Gainesville Sun is reporting Matt LaPorta will be returning for his Senior year as he was not able to work out a deal with the Boston Red Sox who drafted him in the 14th round of this past year’s draft. LaPorta’s stock dropped dramatically this past season with only a .259 batting average after a super sophomore year when he was among the best players in the country. This is a huge story to see LaPorta return to the Gators lineup as they try to make the NCAA’s in the upcoming season.
Article can be seen here.
Kevin Boggan and Terry Doyle (both of Boston College) came through in the clutch to win games 2 and 3 for the Yarmouth Dennis Red Sox which clinched the CCBL championship for the second time in the last three seasons. Boggan pitched 7.1 innings giving up only one earned run including striking out six batters. By winning this game, He forced a deciding third game on Sunday which was started by his YD and Boston College teammate Terry Doyle who was masterful on Sunday. He pitched six innings of two-hit baseball and only gave up a homerun to Bradley Suttle (Texas).
This should bode well for the Boston College pitching staff next season. They return the Co-Pitcher in the Cape Cod League in Terry Doyle, a former Draft pick in Adam Crabtree (15th round in 2004 for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), Dan Houston who pitched extremely well in the NECBL with a 1.90 ERA, and Kevin Boggan will be back in a closer or even a starter role for the Eagles under new head coach Mikio Aoki.
YD knocked off the Brewster Whitecaps tonight to advance to the Cape Cod League Championship series. A full report will be posted on Friday morning about Game 3 which was a thrilling 6-5 victory.
Peter was seen at the Cotuit-Wareham game on Tuesday night looking pretty good with his recent health problems. Here to Peter for a healthy and safe recovery.
The Wareham Gatemen knocked off the Cotuit Kettleers 1-0 in a thrilling game. Wareham scored in the fourth inning off of Cotuit starter James Simmons. Simmons pitched a complete game and scattered seven hits in his nine innings of work. Wareham starter Jeremy Bleich gave up four hits in his seven shutout innings. Nick Cassavechia pitched 1.1 innings of hitless baseball to pick up the save for the Gatemen. The only RBI of the game was a double by Jason Ogata which drove in Dominic de la Osa from second base.
Brewster Whitecaps pulled out a thrilling 4-2 victory over the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. YD held a 1-0 lead going into the top of the ninth inning when YD closer Joshua Fields came in the game to close it out. He proceeded to walk the first two hitters of the inning. The Whitecaps brought the runners along the basepaths to tie the game up with two groundouts. YD did not score in the bottom of the ninth. Brewster came through in the top of the tenth with a sacrifice fly from Barry Enright to take a 2-1 lead. YD came through with Alden Carrithers getting a single with one out and Brad Emaus hit a double to drive in the tying run. With 2 outs in the 13th inning, Daniel Turpin started to get wild. He proceeded to walk Trent Kline and Tavo Hall followed that with a single. YD made a pitching change to Nolan Gallagher. He then proceeded to hit Colt Sedbrook to load the bases. He then walked Andrew Romine to give the WhiteCaps a 3-2 lead. Danny Lehmann of YD had a passed ball a few pitches later to make it the final margin. Colt Hynes came into the game in the bottom of the 13th and got the Red Sox in order.
Justin Smoak had a killer year in the Cape Cod League receiving a ton of attention this season on the Cape including leading the league with 11 HR’s and finishing tenth in average with a .286 average. He also finished tied for third in RBI’s with 27. Good article this past week about Justin in the Cape Cod Times. Click here for the article.
Milan Dinga of West Point has had a very easy summer since He did not have to do any summer training as part of his West Point education. He batted this past season .184 but was very successful out of the bullpen with a 1-0 record and a 1.35 ERA. He struck out 16 batters in 20 innings this season. The scouts believe he will be a very good pitcher and have their eyes set on him. The Cape Cod Times recently did a spotlight on him and it can be at this link.