2014 Cape League All-League team announced

By: John Garner Jr.
08/21/2014 9:34 AM -
     For the second consecutive year, the Falmouth Commodores lead the way with six players named to the Cape Cod Baseball League All-League team as best of the best.
     Pacing the runner-up Commodores was league most valuable player and two-time batting champion and shortstop Kevin Newman (Arizona), who led the league with a .380 batting average. 
     The hard-hitting Newman was joined on the All-League squad by Falmouth teammates Steven Duggar (Clemson) in the outfield, along with DH Conner Hale (LSU), pitchers Matt Hall (Missouri State), Kevin McCanna (Rice) and utilityman Jake Madsen (Ohio).
     Another dual winner was fire-balling reliever Phil Bickford (Cal State Fullerton) of the Cape League champion Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. Bickford led the league with eight saves, was named Outstanding Pro Prospect and was co-recipient of the league’s outstanding relief pitcher award with Cotuit’s side-winding right-hander Adam Whitt (Nevada Reno). Bickford and Whitt were named All-League closers.
     Bickford compiled a 2.25 ERA and struck out 33 batters in 20 innings for a superb 14.85 K’s per nine innings pitched for the league champion Red Sox while Whitt was 5-0 with a league-best 1.00 ERA and 34 K’s in 36 IP for the Kettleers. 
     Pacing the All-League pitching staff was Orleans right-hander Kolton Mahoney (BYU), named the league’s outstanding pitcher after posting a 3-2 record, striking out league-best 47 batters in 37 1/3 innings with a 1.93 ERA and capping it off with a 13-strikeout performance against eventual champion Y-D in the playoffs.
     One of the All-League catchers was Sportsmanship Award-winner Anthony Hermelyn (Oklahoma) of Harwich, who batted .323 with 20 runs, 10 RBIs and a .414 OBP to lead Mariners to the East Division regular-season title.
     The All-League first baseman was Chatham slugger A.J. Murray (Georgia Tech), who was presented with the 10th Player Award after sporting a .321 batting average with six homers and 31 RBIs. 
     Chatham’s Chris Shaw (Boston College) joined Hale as the other DH and was the New England Top Prospect Award winner after batting .278 with a league-leading seven home runs. He also tied Murray for second place with 31 RBIs.

Here is the complete 2014 CCBL All-League team:

2014 All-League Team
Position Player Team School
First Base A.J. Murray Chatham Anglers Georgia Tech
Second Base Billy Fleming Bourne Braves West Virginia
Shortstop Kevin Newman Falmouth Commodores Arizona
Third Base David Thompson Orleans Firebirds
Infield Utility Richard Martin Jr. Bourne Braves Florida
Outfield Gio Brusa Brewster Whitecaps Pacific
Outfield Donnie Dewees Jr. Hyannis Harbor Hawks North Florida
Outfield Steven Duggar Falmouth Commodores Clemson
Outfield Ian Happ Harwich Mariners Cincinnati
Outfield Mark Laird Bourne Braves LSU
Outfield Andrew Stevenson Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox LSU
DH Conner Hale
Falmouth Commodores LSU
DH Chris Shaw
Chatham Anglers Boston College
Catcher Jameson Fisher Cotuit Kettleers SE Louisiana
Catcher Anthony Hermelyn Harwich Mariners Oklahoma
Pitcher Michael Boyle Harwich Mariners Radford
Pitcher Zack Erwin Harwich Mariners Clemson
Pitcher Matt Hall Falmouth Commodores Missouri State
Pitcher Jordan Hillyer Chatham Anglers Kennesaw State
Pitcher Justin Jacome Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox Cal-Santa Barbara
Pitcher Ryan Kellogg Bourne Braves Arizona State
Pitcher Kolton Mahoney Orleans Firebirds Brigham Young
Pitcher Kevin McCanna Falmouth Commodores Rice
Pitcher Andrew Naderer Brewster Whitecaps Grand Canyon
Pitcher Kyle Twomey
Orleans Firebirds USC
Phil Bickford
Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox Cal. State Fullerton
Closer Adam Whitt
Cotuit Kettleers Nevada
Utility Jake Madsen
Falmouth Commodores Ohio University

Announced by Commissioner Paul Galop and Head Statistician Chris Thoms
                           Aug. 19,  2014


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