08/02/2001 11:47 AM
For immediate release: 2 August, 2001
Yet Another Cape Leaguer Departs for the Big Time
The lanky, 6'5" Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox closer left his playoff-contending squad this week to report to the Savannah Sand Gnats, the Rangers' Single A farm club in Savannah, Georgia. Luna was 2-2 this season with the Red Sox, with a 1.88 ERA in 14 appearances. All totaled, he worked 24 innings of relief with 31 Ks and eight walks. He had eight saves for the second place Red Sox and was a major reason why the Sox held onto first place in the East Division this summer for a majority of the season. The Sox close out their regular-season schedule this Sunday (Aug. 5) versus the West Division playoff-contending Falmouth Commodores at Red Wilson Field. Luna is the second Y-D righty to leave the Cape this week as two-year Cape Leaguer Bobby Korecky (Michigan/3-3) went home early.
Last summer, Luna was 2-0 for the Sox with a 0.00 ERA and 33 Ks in 23.2 innings pitched. He pitched one inning of relief in the July 21 CCBL All-Star Game at Falmouth, striking out two batters. He also pitched one inning of relief versus the New England Collegiate Baseball League All-Stars, again striking out two batters.
Affable, polite and hard-working, Luna never appeared to lose sight of his ultimate goal while serving as the Y-D "Big Gun" in closing situations for Field Manager Scott Pickler. Perhaps evidence of this came when, during the entire four-hour trip from Cape Cod to Keene, NH and back home again, the almost boyish Luna never once removed his brand new Rawlings baseball mitt.
-- Sean Walsh/CCBL 2001