The 2012 Harbor Hawks gear up for the season with an all-new roster headlined by Michigan State’s David Garner, DJ Peterson (New Mexico), and former Bourne Braves short stop Zach Alvord (Auburn). With a collection of dominant arms and talent at the plate, the defending West Division Champions aim to make a deep run at the championship title after falling to the Falmouth Commodores in the first round of playoffs last season.
Garner finished the 2012 season with a record of 6-3, an ERA of 3.28, and struck out an impressive 75 batters in 74 innings pitching in the elite Big Ten Conference. Last summer in limited action, playing for the Southern Ohio Copperheads of the Great Lakes Collegiate League, the native of Niles, Michigan fanned 20 batters in 14 innings and collected four saves with a 1.29 ERA.
Peterson, a sophomore from Gilbert, Arizona, compiled video game like numbers of a .419 batting average, 17 home runs, and 78 RBI’s for the Lobos in 2012 and can man either side of the infield diamond.
Right-hander Jeff Hoffman, (East Carolina) who has been tabbed by his head coach as a “flame thrower,” and has the stats to back it up in what was only his freshman campaign. The Latham, New York native sported a winning record while holding opposing batters to a team leading .224 batting average against in the 2012 year.
Southpaw Sean Manaea (Indiana State) boasts tremendous summer potential with an unreal 115 strikeouts in 105 innings in his 2012 season, making a team high 17 starts for the Sycamores with a 5-3 record and 3.34 era. Then there’s Sasha Kuebel (Iowa) and Carson Cross (Uconn). While pitching in the Big Ten for the Hawkeyes, Kuebel was a perfect 6-0, posting a 2.67 era in 13 starts, while Cross maintained a miniscule 1.21 ERA and .210 batting average against as a member of the 2012 Huskies.
In the outfield Zac Zellers (Kentucky), and Dominic Jose (Stanford) show promise while playing in the highly touted SEC and Pac-12. Zellers finished third on the 2012 Wildcats with an impressive .311 batting average, smacking five home runs, driving in 19, and leading the team with a .456 on base percentage. Jose, despite only appearing in 19 games, batted a stellar .385 with one long ball, 11 runs batted in, while compiling an outstanding .489 on base percentage. He was one of three Cardinal that will suit up in Hawks blue and orange this summer, as RHP Sahil Bloom and middle infielder Brett Michael Doran will make the trip from Palo Alto as well.
The middle infield, among many, will feature Alvordand Brandon Trinkwon (Santa Barbara), both of whom come into their Hawks tenure with proven track records. Alvord is a former Cape Leaguer, patrolling shortstop for the Bourne Braves last summer. As a member of the Tigers, Alvord led the team with six home runs in the 2012 campaign. For Trinkwon, the Tustin, California native batted .347 in 2012, leading the Gauchos in doubles with 17 and on base percentage at .460.
The Hawks start their season with a three-day road stretch, beginning Thursday night at 5:00 p.m. at Cotuit in the first Patriots’ Cup match-up. Hyannis returns home on Sunday to host Chatham at 7:00 p.m.