SOUTH YARMOUTH ----- After a blazing hot start, the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox have cooled off lately. Last week was not kind to the Red Sox, who spun out of control on their way to a four-game losing skid.
The Red Sox righted the ship with a 9-1 win over the Chatham Anglers, and center-fielder Caleb Ramsey (Houston) was a major factor in pulling up the sails. The speedy leadoff hitter has begun to come around, and in the midst of his team’s tailspin, he stretched his hitting streak to nine games with a lead-off single against the Anglers.
“He’s a patient hitter who does things right,” field manager Scott Pickler said. “He waits until he gets his pitch.”
Ramsey appears to be adapting well to the lead-off position. At the University of Houston, he spent the last two years hitting third.
“(Leadoff) fits my swing a lot better,” he said.
He considers himself more of a leadoff hitter, and enjoys the responsibility that comes with the position.
“I really like setting the tone of the game,” he said.
He can do more than just get the game started. He can also drive in runs and steal a base. He ranks in the top of the league in both categories.
“Stealing is a big part of my game,” said one of the quickest players in the league. “Coach Pickler has been great about giving me green lights and letting me take bags when I have the chance.”
His speed isn’t good only for stealing bases. His quick feet allow him to leg out infield singles and bunt for base hits.
Ramsey is trying to take full advantage of his time in the Cape League. He knows he has things he needs to work on to make himself a better player, pointing to his power as one example and “just making solid contact.”
“It’s so much fun,” he said. “But I have a new respect for major league ball players who have to play every day. You really don’t understand the physical and mental toughness it takes until you actually start going through it.”
The soon-to-be senior isn’t taking his time in the league for granted.
“You can’t ask for a better place to play and a better opportunity,” he said. “Going against the best of the best is just awesome.”