Marcus Mastrobuoni / photo by SportsPix
Mastrobuoni was an absolute stud at the dish for the Sox in the playoffs, finishing with a terrific .444 average, a home run, three runs scored and five runs batted in over six games. It was his performance in the championship series that truly stood out as all five of his RBIs came in those final two games and he was responsible for driving in one third of his team's 15 runs.
Displaying the ability to produce in clutch scenarios, Mastrobuoni finished 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs in Game 1 of the championship series against Falmouth. In the final game he went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI and a run scored.
The six games played in the postseason were actually one more than the mere five appearances for Mastrobuoni in the regular season. Injuries gave him the opportunity to showcase his talents and he certainly made the best of his chances. In his minimal time over the regular season, Mastrobuoni compiled a .313 average with a double, two runs scored and an RBI.
On getting thrown into the mix down the stretch and in such a crucial time of the season Mastrobuoni praised his teammates stating, “The guys made it really easy for me, making me feel welcome which definitely eases the process.” He added, “Coming in late in the season there's always that little bit of pressure to perform. I just had to relax and enjoy my time.”
Mastrobuoni was also quick to praise field manager Scott Pickler. “Coach Pick and I made a few adjustments before the series. It paid off and I saw the ball really well and just trusted myself.”
As is the case for most CCBL players, the opportunity is a learning experience. Asked about his biggest takeaway from this season, he said: “Never give up. We fought. We didn't have home field advantage or anything but we just battled as a team. I'm definitely going to take that back and apply it at school.”
His time spent with the CCBL this summer is something that Mastrobuoni will cherish noting, “This was definitely my biggest baseball achievement. Not only winning the Cape Cod League championship, but also the MVP, it feels surreal. I'm definitely grateful for the experience.”