07/18/2023 7:08 AM
Article By: Daniel Curren
All-Star week is upon us at the Cape Cod Baseball League. With one of the premiere events of this season coming up this weekend, it’s time to preview the week ahead on the Cape.
Cotuit Keeps Rolling
The Cotuit Kettleers (22-9) have remained at the top of the Cape League standings throughout the summer. The Kettleers have won eight of their last 10 games, averaging 8.1 runs per game over that span. Cotuit now has the highest team OPS in the Cape League at .788. Leading the way on offense over the last seven days has been Cole Mathis (Charleston). During this span, Mathis is slashing .407/.433/.778 for a 1.211 OPS. He has tallied two home runs, four doubles, and 12 RBI in 27 at-bats. Other big Cotuit bats include Caleb Lomavita (California Berkeley) and Grant Norris (Penn State). Lomavita is slashing .414/.433/.655 for a 1.088 OPS in 29 at-bats. The catcher has tallied two home runs, 10 RBI, and two stolen bases in this span. Norris is slashing .385/.467/.692 for a 1.159 OPS in 26 at-bats. The three of them led Cotuit in their recent nine game win streak.
Hot in Hyannis
The Hyannis Harbor Hawks (18-12-2) have overtaken 2nd place in the West Division. The Hawks are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games and have averaged 7.1 runs per game in that span. They now have the 2nd highest OPS in the league at .752. Over the last week, the Harbor Hawks best bat has been Zach Yorke (Grand Canyon). Yorke has slashed .464/.516/.607 for a 1.123 OPS in 28 at-bats. He has tallied one home run, six RBI, and three walks in this time. Another Harbor Hawks hitter that has contributed is Cam Smith (Florida State). Over the last week, he is slashing .393/.419/.643 for a 1.062 OPS in 28 at-bats. He has produced 11 hits, one home run, and three RBI for Hyannis.
Players to watch:
Travis Bazzana (Falmouth/Oregon State)
One of the top collegiate prospects on the Cape this summer, Travis Bazzana has dominated on offense for the Commodores. The Australia native is slashing .346/.427/.513 for a .940 OPS in 89 plate appearances across 19 games. Since arriving on the Cape, he has hit three home runs, driven in 15 runs, stolen eight bases, and hit for the cycle. His .346 average ranks 2nd highest on the Cape, his .427 OBP ranks 6th, and his .513 slugging ranks 5th.
Cam Schuelke (Cotuit/Central Florida)
The Cotuit reliever has been excellent over his last three outings. In that time, he has thrown 9.1 innings of shutout baseball with just two hits allowed, three walks, and 14 strikeouts. Throughout the season, he has a 3.68 ERA, and his 35 strikeouts are the most on the Cape. His unique sidearm delivery gives him an effective pitch arsenal, and it has given him success this summer on the Cape.
Matchups to watch:
Hyannis @ Yarmouth-Dennis (Wednesday, July 19)
The top team in the East and one of the hottest teams in the West will square off, looking to continue their strong seasons. The Red Sox (17-12-1) will look to expand on their five point lead in the East, while the Harbor Hawks will look to expand on their five point lead over third place in the West. First pitch is scheduled for 4:45 at Red Wilson Field.
All-Star Game at Harwich (Saturday, July 22)
The top Cape Leaguers of this year will all share a stage this Saturday as the All-Star game kicks off at 6:00 at Whitehouse Field. The annual home run hitting contest will also take place before the game at 4:00. It is sure to be one of the premiere events of the Cape League season. Tickets are available on the Cape League website.