08/28/2009 11:26 AM
Harwich Mariners 2009 Season Review
Tough season for Mariners’ marked by hustle
By Ashley Crosby CCBL Intern
HARWICH, Mass—Whether it was the rain, bad luck, or an inability to adjust to the wood-bat league, Harwich had a disappointing 2009 season, finishing 18-25-1, despite having plenty of talent and potential on the team.
Connor Powers (Missouri St.) had some power in his swing, winning the home-run hitting contest at the Under Armor Cape League All Star Game at Fenway Park, though his season numbers rested at a .205 batting average and he struck out more than he hit. Trent Mummey (Auburn), Leon Landry (LSU), Dan Grovatt (Virginia), and Phil Gosselin (Virginia) all made their marks with batting averages over .250, including Landry’s team-high .364.
Mummey had a particularly good season, landing himself among the league-leaders in triples (3, second in the league) and bases stolen (22, fourth in the league) before an injury sidelined him in the last week.
Landry proved to be a bright spot in the outfield for Harwich, with his acrobatic catches stealing runs from opponents. He also impressed at the plate, hitting two homeruns and driving in 12 RBIs.
Stuart Tapley (FSU), Marcus Nidiffer (Kentucky), and Levi Michael (UNC) all provided steady fielding for the Mariners. Though their numbers didn’t necessarily show it, their hustle played an important role in the team’s season.
Grovatt, whose .288 average and 12 RBIs helped earn him a spot on the All Star Roster, was the only position player Harwich sent to Fenway for the game. He was joined by pitchers Aaron Meade (Missouri St.), Matt Price (Virginia Tech), and Eric Jokisch (Northwestern).
Meade’s 1.91 ERA placed him among the top ten pitchers in the league, as well as his 47 strikouts. Right-hander Mike Gipson (FAU) led the team with 50 strikeouts, also among the league-leaders. Robbie Gariano (Fairfield) pitched a shutout, one of the few pitchers in the league this season to do so. And Mariners’ closer Glen Troyanowski (FAU) recorded four saves and lit up radar guns with low-to-mid-90s strikes.
Despite the struggle, the Mariners showed heart on the diamond in their hustle, and with a little luck will be back in force in 2010.
Ashley Crosby can be reached at [email protected]