Reigning Champ Harwich Eyes a Repeat
HARWICH, Mass. -- Last season, the Harwich Mariners were unbeatable in the East Division and Cape League championship series, wiping out Orleans and Cotuit in just four games. This year, with three returning players from that magical stretch run, they’re looking to bring the Mycock Trophy home again with solid batting and strong pitching.
Coming back for their second season in Mariner uniforms are position players Alex Hilliard (Vanderbilt) and DJ LeMahieu (Louisiana State), and pitcher Brian Dupra (Notre Dame). Last season, Hilliard batted .333 and LeMahieu hit .290 with one home run and 13 RBI. Dupra posted a 3-1 record with a 3.40 ERA. Dupra was an East Division All-Star reserve and is currently pitching well at Notre Dame.
Harwich also has three players currently hitting over .400 in their spring college seasons: Trent Mummey (Auburn), Dan Grovalt (Virginia) and Bryce Brentz (Middle Tennessee). Mummey had 10 home runs by April 1. Mummey is followed by future teammates Levi Michael (North Carolina) with eight home runs, Leon Landry (Louisiana State) with nine and speedy Phil Gosselin (Virginia) with 11 stolen bases in 12 attempts and 28 RBI. Pitcher Dan Renken (Cal State Fullerton) had a 4-0 record as of April 1.
“We hope that will carry over to this summer,” said Harwich GM John Reid. “Overall, the 2009 Mariners are all doing very well for their respective college teams.”
The Mariners finished their 2008 regular season with a 24-20 record, second only to Orleans (25-17-2). They won a league-record 18-inning game against Orleans to win the East Division title and went on to sweep Cotuit in two games to win the title for the first time in 21 years.
Fans at Whitehouse Field may find themselves with a better view as well. Reid says that the fencing around the field will be brought down and a new viewer-friendly netting will be installed.
Harwich opens the season on June 11 at Whitehouse Field against Cotuit at 7 p.m. It will be the only game played across the league that night.
Ashley Crosby, CCBL Intern (Crosby@capecodbaseball.org)
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