Y-D’s powerful offense not silenced until championship series
By SAM MONROE
YARMOUTH ---- The Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox came up one win shy of capturing a fourth championship in seven years, losing Game 3 of the Cape Cod Baseball League championship series to the Cotuit Kettleers.
After posting one of the best offensive seasons in recent memory in winning the East Division championship, their offense went silent at the worst possible time. Y-D was shut out twice in the finals. It was the first two times the Red Sox failed to score a run all summer
Even with the Arnold Mycock Trophy missing, their season was successful.
“It was a fun group to coach,” said Scott Pickler, named the league’s Manager of the Year. “It was outstanding that this group got us to the finals.”
Pickler led his team to a league-best 27-17 record. The Red Sox also were first in runs, hits and home runs.
Jordan Ribera (Fresno State) led the league with seven homers and 26 RBI. He also had nine doubles and put up outstanding numbers in the postseason, earning Coca-Cola Player of the Week. In the playoffs, he hit .345, with three homers, 13 RBI, and five doubles in just seven games.
Matt Watson (Boston College) was named the John J. Claffey New England Top Prospect of the Year. Joe Panik (St. John’s) was honored with the Daniel J. Silva Sportsmanship Award.
Centerfielder Caleb Ramsey (Houston) enjoyed a great season. Ramsey was named the East Division All-Star game MVP. He hit .311 with 18 RBI. The speedy center-fielder stole 22 bases and led the East Division in runs with 29.
The Red Sox were well-represented in the All-Star game with Panik, Ramsey, and Tyler Hanover (LSU).
It wasn’t all about offense for the Red Sox this summer. Jordan Pries (Stanford) tossed the only Cape League no-hitter on June 30, beating the Orleans Firebirds, 2-0. It was the last game Pries would pitch in the Cape League; he left the league shortly after his gem with an injury.
Michael Goodnight (Houston) became the second notable pitcher to leave when he signed a professional contract the day before the playoffs. Goodnight was 3-1 with a 2.89 ERA.
John Leonard (Boston College) was probably Y-D’s most consistent pitcher. He went 3-3, with a 1.96 ERA. In the postseason, he was 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA in 14 innings.