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Week # 7

08/04/2002 10:42 AM

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for immediate release: 4 August, 2002
Cape Cod Baseball League
Official Press Release
Week # 7 - Games 7/28 - 8/3

Sportsticker Selects Players of the Week : Harwich’s Ryan Goleski and Wareham’s David Sanders have been named the Coca-Cola Batter and Pitcher of the week,  respectively,  for games played July 28 – August 3. 

     Goleski (Lake Orion, MI/Eastern Michigan) hit .400 on the week (8-for-20). The Mariner’s cleanup hitter also cranked out 4 home runs, collected 5 RBI and scored 6 runs. Goleski was also named the Home Run Hitter as well.

     On the mound, David Sanders (Tulsa, OK/Wichita State) pitched a gem versus Hyannis on August 2. In 8 innings of work, the West All Star scattered 3 hits, struck out 10 and allowed no walks. 

     And while on the subject: The Coca-Cola Pitcher of the Week, David Sanders has a streak of 29.2 consecutive innings pitched without allowing a walk. This is a Gatemen record and the second longest in modern era history. Earlier this year Harwich’s Brad Ziegler (Southwest Missouri State) went a league record 31.1 consecutive innings pitched before giving up a free pass. 

     It’s off to a new school they go: Summer (Cotuit) and college (Wake Forest) teammates Stephen Ghutzman and Ryan Braun, will be transferring to UNLV this fall. Ghutzman is a third-year Cape Leaguer and has seen action in over 100 games. Steve's older brother, Philip, played for Wareham in 1999, was graduated from Rice and is currently a standout in the minor leagues.

     West All Star proves he really has his heart in baseball: Since Cotuit’s Chris Pillsbury (Jacksonville, FL/Florida Atlantic) was 12, he has dealt with a heart condition. The condition caused his heart to beat up to 260-300 beats per minute when he would get excited. The only way to stop it was to lay down, raise his feet 6” and it would stop in 10-12 seconds. Once the condition was diagnosed, Pillsbury was given the options of medication, fixing the heart or not playing. Not playing was not an option for Chris, who was drafted in the 37th round of the ML Baseball Draft in 2000. The 6-3, 190 right-hander had the operation done during Christmas vacation and as they say, all is well that ends well. For the Kettleers this summer, he is a deceiving 1-4 with a 2.13 era. He is tied for the team lead in innings pitched with 42.1 innings.

     Closer Supreme: Chatham’s Zane Carlson (Baylor) has placed his name at the top of the Cape League’s career save list with 23 and counting. Carlson saved 12 games for the A’s last season and has 11 this year through August 3. He is the first pitcher in modern era league history to record 10 or more saves in two seasons. He is currently tied for tenth in appearances (40) and tied for sixth in relief appearances (40).

     Century mark: Cotuit’s Steve Ghutzman and Bourne’s Kyle Frank each played in their 100th career game this season. Frank accomplished it on Saturday 3 August while Ghutzman did it earlier this season. While this is an accomplishment in itself what makes it more unique is that the two players are living with the same host family in Sandwich.

     He’s moving on up: Chatham skipper John Schiffner moved into fifth place on the managerial wins list when Chatham defeated Brewster 8-4 on July 22. He moved past 2002 CCBL Hall of Fame inductee George Greer (213-143-21 with Cotuit) and now has a 219-187-9 record. He also became the fifth manager to reach the 500 games plateau. Next up for Schiffner is Bill Livesey, another 2002 Hall of Fame Inductee, with a record of 240-157-4 with Falmouth and Wareham.

     League Highs and Lows: With three days remaining in the regular season, the league pitchers have earned a place in the record book. The 120 saves is a record, besting the old mark of 117 set in 2001. 2002 is the third straight year with over 100 saves and fourth time overall. League hurlers have 46 shutouts matching last year’s total; second best in modern era history. The pitchers are two shy of the mark established in 1997. With the success of the closers brings about the decline in complete games – with only 11 this season, this will be the fewest in modern era history. The previous low was 28 set in 2001.

     Best of luck: The Cape Cod Mall, a Simon Property, is in the running for a national award, based on last summer’s presentation of Play Ball at the Cape Cod Mall, featuring the CCBL and WB movie, Summer Catch. 

     The boys and fathers of summer: Jayme Dorr (Trinity/Osterville, MA) a second baseman for the Bourne Braves is another in the growing list of father/sons who have played on the Cape. His dad Don played first base for Wareham in 1965 and 1966. Jayme grew up in Cotuit.~sw

     Who-done-it: Vice President Dick Sullivan helped out last summer with the recently released recording of a mystery theatre-style compact disc entitled "The Queen is in the Counting House." The CD is put out by the Cape Cod Radio Mystery Theatre. He was onboard as an advisor from the baseball angle.

     Keyspan Homeruns for Housing Update: There were 24 home runs this past week to bring the league total to 162. This means that the Cape Boys of Summer have helped raise $15,000, which Keyspan had agreed to donate to the Housing Assistance Corporation. 

     KeySpan Community MVPs: KeySpan, one of our Cape League sponsors, is proud to announce its KeySpan Community Most Valuable Player program. Building on the baseball theme, KeySpan is pleased to recognize Cape Cod's MVPs - those individuals who have given of their time and talents for the wellbeing of our community. Awards have been presented at each of Yarmouth-Dennis, Cotuit, Falmouth, Orleans, and Brewster. (Awards given out this weekend will run next week, per Keyspan).

     Yarmouth: Peter Carnes, Yarmouth Chief of Police, presented July 19. Recognized for his involvement in local youth programs, and for the apprehension of the Cape home invaders. KeySpan will donate on his behalf to the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School Boosters Dennis: Kate Byron, Kate Byron Real Estate, presented July 19. Recognized for her fundraising efforts for children’s programs at local libraries, as well as her involvement in the campaign to raise funds for the new Dennis Memorial Library. KeySpan will donate on behalf of Ms. Byron to the Dennis Memorial Library Building Fund.

      Cotuit: Jaci Barton, Executive Director of Barnstable Land Trust, presented July 21. Recognized for her leadership as a member of Cotuit's first Town Council and for acting as the community's public conscience on environmental issues. KeySpan will donate on behalf of Ms. Barton to the Barnstable Land Trust.

     Falmouth: Michael Allietta, student at Babson College, presented July 26.Recognized for his accomplishments as driving force behind establishing the Falmouth Teen Center, as well as his volunteerism at Falmouth Hospital. KeySpan will donate on behalf of Mr. Allietta to the Cape Cod Free Clinic. 

    Orleans: Alfred Perrault, self-employed, award presented on July 29. Recognized for his dedication and extraordinary volunteer work on behalf of the Orleans Cardinals and numerous other sports events in Orleans. KeySpan will donate on behalf of Mr. Perrault to the Orleans Cardinals Baseball Team. 

      Brewster: Robert Power, retired, award presented on July 31. Recognized for his volunteerism at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and his selfless support to children and families in his neighborhood, as well as establishment of a scholarship, which assists local students with their college tuition. KeySpan will donate on behalf of Mr. Power to the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History 

Contact: Missy Alaimo, PR- Media Relations (508) 633-0684
With contributions from league historian Bruce Hack and Sean Walsh, PR Director