FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
Led by Most Valuable Player A.J. Pollock of the Falmouth Commodores and the trio of hard-hitting catcher Tommy Medica, infielder Joseph Sanders and pitcher Chris Manno of the league champion Harwich Mariners, the 2008 All-League Team has been announced by Cape Cod Baseball League Commissioner Paul Galop. Continue reading CCBL 2008 All-League Team→
SAN DIEGO, Calif. Former University of San Diego All-American Brian Matusz has come to terms with the Baltimore Orioles, signing his first Major League Baseball contract.
Matusz, the fourth overall pick by the Orioles in the 2008 MLB draft and the consensus best pitcher available, received a $3.2 million bonus and a four-year major league deal as part of his contract with the Orioles. That bonus is the second-highest in this year¹s draft, trailing only the $6.15
million the Rays gave No. 1 overall selection Tim Beckham. The total value of the deal has yet to be reported.
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – Championship Series’ Most Valuable Player Ryan Nokelby (Texas Lutheran) plated Jeff Abrams (Binghamton) with a 10th-inning sacrifice fly as the Brockport Riverbats edged the Glens Falls Golden Eagles, 3-2, in 10 innings to win the 2008 New York Collegiate Baseball League championship. The Riverbats won the best-of-three series, two games to one. The title is the first in the five-year history of the franchise. Continue reading Riverbats win NYCBL Championship in 10 Innings→
The College Baseball Blog took in the Cape Cod All-Star game on Saturday night which was won by the Eastern All-Stars 8-6 in an exciting game. We take a look at the Eastern Division today with some thoughts on the pitchers that saw action in the All-Star game. Continue reading Cape Cod All-Star Game Report: Eastern Division→
The Cape Cod All-Star game takes place tonight in Chatham MA. The game is usually a showcase event for the top draft eligibile players in 2009. UC-Irvine pitcher Bryce Stowell will start for the Western Division while Matt Thomson of San Diego will start for the Eastern Division. Continue reading Cape Cod All-Star Game Tonight→
Team Canada, representing Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), were defeated by the United States, 4-3, at AVG Draci Brno Stadium, in Brno, CZ. Team Canada falls to 1-3, at the 4th annual World University Baseball Championships while the United States improves to 5-0.
For the second time in four games, at the 2008 World University Baseball Championships, Canada lost a lead late in the game and then fell in 11 innings to their opponent. Tonight Canada built up a three run lead on just two hits and two walks, aided by two US errors that gave the “red and black” a lead going into the bottom of the 8th inning where the US rallied for three runs, on two hits, and one costly Canadian error. The US would go onto defeat Canada on a double and a wild pitch in the bottom of the 11th inning, to send Team Canada to a 1 win and 3 loss record with two critical games remaining against the Czech Republic and Korea, if they are to figure in the Medal side of the Championship.
Team Canada’s Mathew Wilson (Bucknell) was the story of the game, the Senior pitcher gave Head Coach Terry McKaig eight strong innings giving up 6 hits, striking out 4, walking only one, while giving up no earned runs due to the error in the US three-run 8th inning. “Mat showed us he is a big-time pitcher when he helped Bucknell shutout Florida State, in Florida, during the NCAA Regional Tournament, ” said McKaig. “Tonight’s game was a perfect start for Mat he showed his character, poise and proved he can pitch on the big stage.” Continue reading USA defeats Team Canada 4-3 in 11 innings→
Aaron Fitt of Baseball America has put out his predictions for the 2009 College World Series. He expects two teams from the ACC in Miami (FL) and North Carolina to make it back to Omaha after strong 2008 campaigns. He has three teams from the West Coast to make it to the College World Series in Cal-State Fullerton, Oregon State, and the University of San Diego. Aaron expects Big 12 rivals Texas and Texas A&M to make it back to the big stage after subpar 2008 campaigns. Continue reading Who is going to make 2009 CWS?→
COCA COLA PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Chatham’s Sammy Solis is 3,000 miles from home, but the University of San Diego southpaw has adapted well to his summer surroundings. Solis ran his record to 2-0 last Tuesday and remained the only pitcher in the Cape Cod Baseball League with a perfect 0.00 ERA after working 10 or more innings, a performance which earned him Coca-Cola’s Pitcher of the Week honors for the week ending June 28. A sophomore-to-be at San Diego, Solis worked seven innings, allowed just two hits and struck out eight batters as Chatham defeated Wareham, 2-0. In doing so, the 6-4, 215-pound hurler has clearly established himself as the ace of what is otherwise a struggling A’s pitching staff. His perfect earned run average stands in sharp contrast to the team’s last-in-the-league staff ERA.
COCA COLA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
When newly arrived outfielder Corey Olson made his first appearance in the Chatham A’s lineup on June 24, his 1-for-2 performance at the plate was overshadowed by Sammy Solis’s shutout pitching as Chatham beat Wareham, 2-0. But when the week ended, this 5-10, 185-pound native Californian sported an astounding .688 batting average with 11 hits in 16 at-bats and opposing pitchers in the Cape Cod Baseball League were scratching their heads and wondering, “Where did this kid come from?” Well, Olson was a two-time All-Orange Empire outfielder for Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif. He hit .346 and led his team in about a dozen offensive categories last spring to earn an invitation to enter the University of California-Irvine in the fall. Chatham knew it was getting a kid who could hit, but even the A’s management was stunned as their new center-fielder followed his relatively quiet debut with games in which he went 3-for-4, 3-for-4 and 3-for-3 to clinch Coca-Cola Player of the Week honors for the week ending June 28.
KEENE, N.H. — Aaron Senne (Missouri; Rochester, Minn.), Ryan Ortiz (Oregon State; San Diego, Calif.) and Kentrail Davis (Tennessee; Theodore, Ala.) all homered in a five-run third inning as the 2008 USA Baseball National Trials Team defeated the Keene Swamp Bats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League 11-0 Thursday night at Alumni Field. This was the first competition during the trials.
With the U.S. team leading 4-0, Senne ripped a one-out solo home run to right. On the very next pitch, Ortiz laced a solo shot to right-center. An error and a walk set the stage for Davis’ homer, a three-run blast to right-center. It was the first of two home runs on the night for Davis, who followed a Christian Colon (Cal State Fullerton; Corona, Calif.) sixth-inning leadoff home run with a solo round-tripper to right-center. Continue reading Minor, Davis lead Team USA past Keene Swamp Bats→
Lubbock, Texas – As eight teams load up and head to Omaha to continue the quest for the College Baseball National Championship, eight players are named as semi-finalists for the Brooks Wallace National Player of Year Award. College baseball has produced a fine class of young men to represent the “Wallace Watch” from the pre-season release to where it stands today. Continue reading Brooks Wallace National Player of the Year Semi-Finalists→