07/24/2023 5:39 PM
Article By: Brian Butler
The Cape League reached the three-quarter mark of the regular season this past week, and many teams made up for lost time with doubleheaders. This Saturday also marked the league’s All-Star Game and surrounding festivities, an incredibly entertaining day all-around. As the league passes its All-Star break, let’s take a look at some of the standout performers from the past seven days.
Bourne Braves: Caden Bodine, C, Coastal Carolina
The Coastal catcher connection continued to work wonders for the Braves this week. Caden Bodine was a standout in Bourne this past week, posting a .500/.533/.714 slash line through five games. Bodine also added his first homer of the season, stole a base, and drove in four runs. The Chanticleer backstop also drove in four runs while scoring three times himself. As the playoff push continues, the Braves will continue to rely on the contributions of Caden Bodine.
Brewster Whitecaps: Jaime Ferrer, OF, Florida State
Jaime Ferrer continued his very strong summer for the Whitecaps this past week. In his four appearances, Ferrer slashed .500/.538/.667, driving in two runs and scoring three runs. The Seminole outfielder also doubled twice to cement his solid week. As Brewster looks to make a run into the postseason, Jaime Ferrer will likely continue to be a key part of their lineup.
Chatham Anglers: Deric Fabian, UTL, Florida
The Anglers had an incredibly busy week, making up for their fog delays and cancellations with a pair of doubleheaders. Deric Fabian was a big factor for Chatham, slashing .455/.586/.591 in eight games. Across his eight appearances, Fabian posted seven strikeouts with just three walks, and also homered. The Florida utilityman also scored nine times and drove in six runs, stealing a base in the process. Chatham will be looking to make a run at the playoffs, and Deric Fabian will be a major piece of their push.
Cotuit Kettleers: Janzen Keisel, RHP, Oklahoma State
Janzen Keisel made two appearances for the Kettleers this week, absolutely dominating the competition in both of them. Keisel totaled nine innings in his two outings, striking out eight batters and walking just two. The Oklahoma State righthander allowed just three hits in his nine shutout frames, lowering his ERA on the season to 2.50. Cotuit has been red-hot the entire season, and Janzen Keisel will look to bolster their playoff rotation.
Falmouth Commodores: Jacob Smith, LHP, West Alabama
Jacob Smith made his third appearance of the summer for Falmouth this week, and put together a masterful outing. The West Alabama southpaw tossed four and two-thirds shutout innings in the Commodores’ shutout victory of Harwich, striking out five while allowing just two hits. In 12.1 innings this summer, Smith has struck out 18 batters while walking just four, posting a 2.18 ERA. Falmouth has gotten incredibly hot in recent weeks, and Jacob Smith will look to be a big part of their pitching staff down the stretch.
Harwich Mariners: Ali Camarillo, SS/2B, Texas A&M
Cape League All-Star Ali Camarillo put on a show this week for the Mariners, cementing his strong campaign so far this summer. Camarillo slashed .467/.467/.733 this week, adding six RBI and his first homer of the summer. The Aggie infielder also scored twice and doubled for Harwich, solidifying an incredibly strong week for Harwich. While the Mariners make a run at the postseason, Ali Camarillo will look to continue his strong performance.
Hyannis Harbor Hawks: Cameron Smith, 3B/SS, Florida State
Cameron Smith assembled an outstanding week for the red-hot Harbor Hawks this past week. In six games, Smith slashed .458/.536/.750, walking three times without striking out. Smith also homered, tripled, and doubled twice on the week, driving in six and scoring eight times in the process. The Hyannis infielder also started Saturday’s All-Star Game for the West Division. The Hawks have gotten hot at the right time, and Cameron Smith has been a huge part of that strong stretch.
Orleans Firebirds: Jo Oyama, 2B/SS, University of California Irvine
Jo Oyama is making a run at history in Orleans, and this past week helped him get closer to his goals. Oyama broke the Orleans record for triples this past week, posting his sixth of the summer, and is chasing the league record of nine. The Anteater infielder also hit his first two homers of the summer, doubled four times, and stole two bases. Altogether, Oyama slashed .519/.594/.963 on the week, pushing the Firebirds into second in the East. As Orleans looks towards the playoffs, the continued strong output of Jo Oyama will likely be a key factor.
Wareham Gatemen: Aidan Major, RHP, West Virginia
Aidan Major was a major factor in his lone appearance for Wareham this past week. Major tossed four and two-thirds innings in the outing, striking out six Anglers while allowing just two hits. The Mountaineer righthander has struck out 18 batters in 16.1 innings so far this summer, starting all four of his outings as well. As the Gatemen look to stay alive in the West, continued strong outings from Aidan Major would be crucial.
Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox: Ryan Stafford, C/LF, Cal Poly
Ryan Stafford put together an outstanding week for Y-D. The Cal Poly utilityman slashed .450/.577/.450 for the Red Sox, driving in four runs and scoring four more of his own. Stafford’s strong week pushed his batting average on the season to an even .300, and he has gotten on base at a .417 clip. With Y-D leading the East Division, continued strong table-setting from Ryan Stafford will be a key part of their postseason performance.