New lights bring new era to Falmouth
By NICOLE ALMEIDA
FALMOUTH ----- New lights at Guv Fuller Field has excitement brewing in Falmouth for this summer’s Commodores. After finishing 17-24 last season, 2010 brings new talent, new lights and, hopefully, no rain.
Pitching will be the name of the game for the Commodores. With familiar faces such as left-hander Taylor Wall (Rice) and right-hander Kyle Winkler (TCU), the roster is looking bright. Wall and Winkler posted ERAs of 2.63 and 3.62, respectively, last summer and Falmouth is excited to see their return.
Joining Winkler from TCU is outfielder Kyle Von Tungeln, left-hander Matt Purke and right-handerKaleb Merck. All three are Texas natives that led their school to a 34-9 record.
The Commodores also welcome back catcher Chris O’Brien (Wichita State) and infielder B.A. Vollmuth (Southern Mississippi). O’Brien averaged .261 with 35 RBI at Wichita last season, while Vollmuth was named a Cape League all-star in 2009.
Left-hander Charlie Lowell (Wichita State) returns to Falmouth, having posted a 2.95 ERA in 11 starts this season.
Freshman right-hander Eric Anderson (Missouri) brings fresh talent to the team after being named by the Denver Post as the Colorado High School Pitcher of the Year following a 10-0, 1.71 ERA season.
Right-hander Sam Gaviglio (Oregon State), the 40th round selection of the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2008 draft, is another Cape League rookie.
Also from Oregon State is catcher Andrew Susac, a freshman who was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies after high school. Susac batted .443, with 34 RBI during his high school career.
Sophomore right-hander and Boxborough native Scott Weismann (Clemson) is excited to start his first season at the league.
“Being from Massachusetts, it has always been a dream of mine to play in the league,” he said.
Weismann posted a team-low 1.23 ERA at Clemson last season.
Other returnees to the Commodores are infielder Jason Stolz (Clemson) and right-hander Barry Cecil Tanner (Georgia). Stolz averaged .315 with 21 RBI, while Tanner went 3-1 with a 4.29 ERA.
Joining Tanner from Georgia is outfielder Zach Taylor, a freshman who averaged .454 with 35 RBI in high school.
Infielder Kevin Medrano (Missouri State) comes from a family of baseball players, and is hitting .329, with 40 RBI.
Joining Medrano in the offense is outfielder Nick Martini (Kansas State). Last year, he batted .336 and knocked in 50 runs.
Finishing off the roster are Florida State lefties Brian Johnson and Nick Maronde. Johnson is a freshman who was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers with an 0.44 ERA, a .551 batting average, and nine home runs with 21 RBI high school career. Maronde is a starting sophomore with a 4.40 ERA.