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Coca-Cola Pitcher Player of the Week #8

08/03/2008 1:32 PM

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(27 July – 2 August 2008)


Coca Cola Pitcher and Player of the Week

Andrew Carraway of the Hyannis Mets was well aware of the importance of his start on July 28 against the Wareham Gatemen. The Mets, who once stood alone atop the Cape Cod Baseball League’s West Division standings, had been scuffling and they desperately needed a quality start from Carraway, their 6-2, 200-pound right-hander from the University of Virginia, to remain in contention. Carraway accepted the challenge and pitched eight strong innings to lead the Mets past the Gatemen, 5-1. His eight-strikeout, no-walk performance earned him Coca-Cola Pitcher of the Week honors for the second time this season. The Cavalier senior-to-be scattered five hits and was in command throughout. After Raynor Campbell (Baylor) opened the first inning with a bunt single and was thrown out attempting to steal second, Carraway didn’t allow another base runner until Kip Schutz (Indiana) singled with one out in the fifth. He retired the Gatemen in order in the second, third, fourth and seventh frames. Carraway’s over-all record of 4-1 and his 1.23 ERA placed him No. 1 among all league pitchers through games of Aug. 2. In 44 innings, he allowed just 28 hits, walked only nine and struck out 53, the second highest total in the league.

As rainouts wreaked havoc with the Cape Cod Baseball League schedule, Chatham wound up playing just three games between June 26, when the All-Star Game was played at their home field, and Saturday night, Aug. 2. In those three games, all victories, the A’s were led by the hot bat of first baseman Kyle Bellows (San Jose State), who hit at a .700pace with seven hits in 10 at-bats, including a double and a home run, while driving in seven runs to earn Coca-Cola Player of the Week honors. Bellows went 3-for-4 in a 9-4 overtime win at Bourne, followed by a 2-for-2 night as the A’s edged first-place Orleans, 9-8, then finished the week with a 2-for-3 performance as Chatham again defeated the Cardinals, 9-4. His homer, a grand slam, triggered Harwich’s five-run, 13th-inning explosion which sealed Bourne’s fate in a 4-hour, 10-minute marathon at Doran Park. He also walked twice and totaled five RBI in that game -- not bad for a player hitting only .211 for the season! Bellows will be a junior at San Jose State in the fall after leading the team in runs batted in (42), doubles (17) and total bases (04) last spring while hitting .276. 

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