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Cape League Weekly Preview - Week Five

07/10/2023 3:01 PM

Article By: Daniel Curren

The MLB Draft kicked off last night with 29 former Cape League players being taken in the first two rounds. As the draft continues on, many more of our current and former talents will get the call to begin their careers in professional baseball. With all the off the field action going on, it’s time to look at what is happening on the field this week.

Comeback Commodores:

After starting the season with a record of 3-10-2, the Falmouth Commodores have won seven of their last nine, averaging 7.2 runs per game in that span. In their win last night against Yarmouth-Dennis, head coach Jeff Trundy earned his 500th career regular season win. This week was also highlighted by Travis Bazzana (Oregon State) hitting for the cycle on July 8th against Orleans, becoming the 2nd Cape Leaguer to do so this year. Bazzana went 5-5 with two doubles. Since 1901, only 16 players in Major League Baseball have hit for the cycle with two doubles in a single game. The last to do it was Ian Kinsler on April 15, 2009. Another major contributor to this team has been Tyler MacGregor (Northeastern) who has three multi-hit games in his last six games played, including two three-hit games.

Hitting Harbor Hawks:

The Hyannis Harbor Hawks offense has been rolling, as the team has scored 5.8 runs per game over their last 10. The Harbor Hawks now own the league’s 3rd highest OPS at .720. Leading the way for Hyannis’ offense over the last seven days has been Alex Lane (Northeastern). Lane is hitting .444 with a 1.199 OPS in his last 14 plate appearances, his .643 OBP in this span is good for third highest on the Cape. Also dominating on offense this week and all summer is Cam Smith (Florida State). Over the last week, Smith is hitting .381 with a 1.006 OPS in 23 plate appearances. Throughout the Cape League season, he is hitting .307 with a .907 OPS in 99 plate appearances. His 27 hits this season are tied for the most on the Cape.

Players to Watch:

Brady Neal (Yarmouth-Dennis/LSU)

Fresh off a National Championship with the Tigers, LSU’s catcher made it to the Cape and is raking with Y-D. In his first four games played, Neal slashed .300/.462/.900 for a 1.362 OPS in 14 plate appearances. He has already recorded two home runs, six RBI, three walks, and a stolen base. Neal was ranked by Future Stars Series as the number 19 college prospect in the 2025 MLB Draft.

Ryan Fischer (Bourne/UNC)

Over his last two appearances, Fischer has logged eight innings pitched. He posted nine strikeouts, one walk, three hits, and no runs allowed. Overall this season, he has a 2.40 ERA in 15 innings pitched with 17 strikeouts and four walks allowed.

Matchups to watch:

Harwich @ Yarmouth-Dennis (Tuesday, July 11)

The top two teams in the Eastern Division will square off once again. The Red Sox (14-9-1) will look to expand on their division lead while the Mariners (13-12) will look to chip away. These two teams have already faced each other three times this season, with Y-D leading the season series 2-1. First pitch is scheduled for 4:45 at Red Wilson FIeld

Hyannis @ Brewster (Thursday, July 13)

Two teams looking to keep their spots in the postseason picture will face each other for the final time in the regular season. The Harbor Hawks (12-11-1) and the Whitecaps (9-14-2) are both looking to remain in the playoff race. These teams have played each other three times this season, with Brewster leading the season series 2-1. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 at Stony Brook Field.