07/30/2022 9:47 PM
Article By: Brian Butler
This was the final full calendar week of the Cape Cod Baseball League’s regular season, and the fight for the playoffs produced some incredible action. While many teams have now clinched their spots in the playoffs, there are still a few spots up for grabs. As the league turns into the final week of the regular season, it’s time to take a look back at the week that was; presented by Legacy Athletics.
Bourne Braves: Robb Adams, LHP, Southeastern
Robb Adams made his first start for the Braves this past week and absolutely dominated the competition. Across six scoreless innings on Wednesday night, Adams faced one batter above the minimum, striking out five in the process. The Bourne southpaw allowed just four hits, and was able to limit the damage they caused by inducing a double play ball. The Southeastern standout also helped himself out defensively, recording three assists in the game. Altogether, Adams’s amazing appearance lowered his ERA on the season to 3.27.
Brewster Whitecaps: Kurtis Byrne, C, Texas Christian
Kurtis Byrne made an appearance for the East Division All-Star team this past Saturday, but decided he wanted to turn the following week into his own personal home run hitting competition. The Brewster backstop came into the week without a long ball on the season, but launched three this week, one in each game following the All-Star break. Byrne recorded multi-hit games in each of the first three Whitecap contests this week, highlighted by a 4-4 outing against Wareham in which he homered, doubled, and drove in three. The TCU product also recorded nine RBI in the shortened week in which he posted an absurd .529/..556/1.235 triple slash.
Chatham Anglers: Owen Stevenson, RHP, Arizona State
With the Anglers in a fierce battle for the final East playoff spot, Owen Stevenson took the mound Wednesday night and shut down Falmouth’s offense. Stevenson shoved across seven scoreless frames, allowing just three hits and one walk. The Chatham righthander struck out four, picking up his second win of the campaign and lowering his ERA to 1.65 across 16.1 innings. The Arizona State product has held opponents to a .155 average across his three outings, and will look to keep pushing Chatham towards the playoffs.
Cotuit Kettleers: Trotter Harlan, INF/OF, College of Charleston
As the Kettleers fight with Hyannis for the top spot in the West, Trotter Harlan has been heating up at the right time. The Cotuit utilityman contributed three multi-hit performances this week, highlighted by an outing against Y-D on Monday night where he went 2-3 with four RBI, doubling twice, scoring twice, and adding a sacrifice fly. In the week following the All-Star break, Harlan has added five RBI and five runs scored to his season totals, and his impressive performance has seen his average on the season rise to .293.
Falmouth Commodores: Jace Bohrofen, CF/INF, University of Arkansas
A mid-season addition to the Falmouth roster, Jace Bohrofen has quickly racked up some extremely impressive statistics. Bohrofen came out of the All-Star break on fire, putting together three consecutive multi-hit games, highlighted by a 2-4 showing at Hyannis in which he homered, doubled, walked, drove in three, and came across the plate three times himself. The Razorback product’s standout week drove his triple slash to an other-worldly .289/.407/.622 through his campaign in Falmouth, and he also continues to show a penchant for extra-base hits, with nine of his thirteen knocks being of the multi-bag variety.
Harwich Mariners: Gage Ziehl, RHP, University of Miami
The other half of Robb Adams pitchers’ duel in Bourne was Harwich’s Gage Ziehl, who put together an equally impressive outing. Ziehl tossed five innings, allowing just three total baserunners who could scratch across just one unearned run. The Mariner righty struck out seven Braves in the process, lowering his ERA on the season to an impressive 2.34. The Macedon, New York native has posted an outstanding 0.91 WHIP on the season to go along with holding opposing hitters to a paltry .190 batting average.
Hyannis Harbor Hawks: Jay Driver, RHP, Harvard
Jay Driver’s lone appearance on the mound this week was nothing short of domination. Making his second start of the year for Hyannis, Driver tossed five innings, allowing just one run. The Harbor Hawk righthander allowed just two hits, walking two, and striking out eleven. Across 18 and a third innings this summer, the Harvard product has posted an extremely impressive 31:8 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and has appeared as both a starter and closer for the Hawks, recording two starts and also picking up a save.
Orleans Firebirds: Drew Metzdorf, 3B/SS, University of Massachusetts Boston
Drew Metzdorf made his debut for Orleans this week and quickly put together an impressive statline. The Falmouth native hit safely in each of his four games this week, putting together two multi-hit games in the process. Metzdorf hit an outstanding .476 on the week, recording at least one RBI in each of his first three Cape League games, and achieving a total of five on the week. As the Firebirds hope to hold onto their spot in the playoffs, Metzdorf’s continued contributions could be extremely important.
Wareham Gatemen: Jack Sullivan, RHP, University of Connecticut
Jack Sullivan appeared twice for the Gatemen following the break, putting together two extremely impressive relief outings. The Wareham righthander twirled a combined six and two-thirds innings of one-run relief, allowing just five total hits. Sullivan also struck out seven opposing hitters in his two showings, while walking just one batter. The UConn product has made nine appearances totaling 18.2 innings this summer, and has walked just four batters in that time.
Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox: Eric Yost, RHP, Northeastern
Eric Yost ended up taking the loss in his long appearance this week for Y-D, but that doesn’t make his performance any less impressive. Yost worked the lion’s share of the innings for the Red Sox, coming out of the bullpen to throw five and a third innings of one-run relief, striking out six and allowing just three hits, and walking just one. The Northeastern product’s impressive showing lowered his ERA on the season to 3.58, and he posted an impressive 65.3% strike rate in the outing.