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Pitcher & Player of the Week

Coca Cola Pitcher and Player of the Week #5


Austin Wood, Cotuit, RHP

    Cotuit flamethrower Austin Wood (St. Petersburg) is this week’s Coca Cola Pitcher of the Week. Wood won two games over the past seven days. In the first, a 3-0 win over the league-leading Whitecaps, the right-hander logged 6.2 shutout innings, striking out six and allowing only two hits. His second start against Falmouth was again a stellar outing, surrendering only one run and four hits over six innings. He has been one of the Cape’s brightest stars all season. His three wins leave him tied for second in the league, and his stingy 0.58 ERA trails only league leader Anthony Ranaudo (LSU). The college sophomore has shown excellent pro potential, especially due to his live fastball, which will reach 97 miles per hour during games. The Tampa Bay Rays have noticed, and selected him with the 131st overall pick in this year’s Major League Baseball Draft. 


Stewart Ijames, Yarmouth-Dennis, OF

      It seems as though Stewart Ijames (Louisville) has found a home. And it looks like he is settling in nicely. Ijames has earned this week’s Coca Cola Player of the Week award in only his third week with Y-D. Ijames put together a monster week at the plate. In seven games, he batted .423 with a home run and eight RBI. Over the course of those games, he produced a run in all but two, and recorded a hit in all seven. Ijames’ uniform shuffle is a surprise, considering the Louisville redshirt sophomore was a 2008 Freshman All-American. He missed 2009 due to shoulder troubles, but rebounded in 2010, batting .324 with 14 homers.