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Coca-Cola Pitcher Player of the Week #9

08/10/2008 1:46 PM

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(3 August – 6 August 2008)


Coca Cola Pitcher and Player of the Week

At 6-7, 210 pounds, Bourne right-hander Kevin Landry (William & Mary) certainly stands out in a crowd. And a standout he was during the final week of the Cape Cod Baseball League season as he helped the Braves stay alive in a heated four-way race for a playoff spot. The Braves eventually lost out to Falmouth for second place in the East Division, but without Landry’s heroics on the mound, they would have been eliminated much sooner. For the week, Landry worked seven hitless, scoreless innings, allowing just one walk and striking out eight. Braves fans who made the trip to Brewster on Aug. 5 will long remember the performance that clinched the Coca-Cola Pitcher of the Week award for Landry. Bourne starter Matt Petiton (Tulane) quickly ran into trouble in the second inning as Brewster scored a run and had the bases loaded with no outs, prompting Braves manager Harvey Shapiro to summon Landry from the bullpen. After a line drive to the shortstop and two strikeouts, Landry had ended the threat and Bourne was on its way to a 6-1 win. Landry pitched a total of five innings, allowing just one base on balls and striking out five to get credit for the victory. Two nights earlier, he worked two innings in relief, walking nobody and striking out three as Bourne belted East Division champion Orleans, 9-4. Over-all, Landry compiled a 4-1 season record with a 1.80 ERA to rank fourth among Cape League hurlers. In 45 innings spread over 16 games, he struck out 44 and issued only seven bases on balls. He returns to William & Mary this fall for his junior year. 

Batting .500 for the final week of the regular season, versatile Tom Medica (Santa Clara) not only led his Harwich Mariners into the Cape Cod Baseball League playoffs but walked off with Coca Cola Player of the Week honors. The 6-1, 210-pound outfielder/catcher had 10 hits in 20 at-bats during the last five games, a stretch in which the Mariners went 4-1 to clinch second place in the East and a spot in the playoffs for the first time since 1997. Ironically, Medica’s best performance came in Harwich’s only defeat of the week, a 7-5 loss on Aug. 3 to the Brewster Whitecaps. He went 3-for-4 in that game with a pair of doubles and two RBI. Medica hit .352 for the season to finish third in the individual batting race and his .462 on-base percentage was second best among all Cape League players. Following his freshman year at Santa Clara last summer, the San Jose, Calif., native played for Team USA and helped the Americans go 11-5 in the pre-Pan Am Games schedule which included series against Chinese Taipei and Japan. At the Pan Am Games, Team USA reached the Gold Medal Game before losing to Cuba and Medica went 1-for-3 with a run scored in the semifinal win over Brazil. As a sophomore last spring, Medica led SCU in on-base percentage (.438), was fourth in batting average (.342), tied for second in doubles (15) and tied for third in RBIs (44). He’s hoping his solid Cape League season and another strong spring as a junior at Santa Clara will enhance his chances of being selected high in next June’s baseball draft. 

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