Sunday, June 14, 2009

June 15 for June 14 Update

I went back to Bourne on Sunday for the second night in a row and saw Bourne get its first win of the season in a 5-1 victory over Wareham.

It was unseasonably cold, and some people were wearing heavy coats and wool hats in the bleachers.

The star of the night was unquestionably Bourne right-handed starter Eric Cantrell of George Washington, who pitched eight shutout innings, allowed two hits, struck out 12 and walked none. Of the last 21 hitters Cantrell faced, he retired 20 and the man who got on base reached on an error.

Unfortunately for Cantrell, the only major league scout in attendance was not overly impressed with Cantrell's stuff and the scout left after the second inning. Cantrell was tall (6'4") with a rather thin frame and there was some effort in his delivery. His fastball sat in the 87-90 mph range and once touched 91. He threw a decent 76-78 mph curveball with sharp downward break, and a very good 76-78 mph changeup with good downward action. Cantrell showed very good command and hit his spots throughout the game.

It was pretty clear Cantrell's stuff is not as good as his stat line, but it was still an impressive performance.

The only other player of note in a game in which no other hitters and no pitcher other than Cantrell really stood out was highly-touted Wareham shortstop Derek Dietrich from Georgia Tech, who is playing for the Gatemen this summer after declining an invitation to try out for Team USA.

Dietrich, a third-round draft choice of the Houston Astros in 2007 and the 2008 NCBWA National Freshman Hitter of the Year, is simply one of those guys who exudes the air of a prospect and is on a different level than almost everybody else on the field. As one National League scout said yesterday, "his major league tools jump out and bite you like a snake."

During batting practice the ball flew off Dietrich's bat and he made solid contact on nearly every one of his effortless left-handed swings. He has quick hands and good pop for a player of his size (6'1", 195). During infield practice he moved very athletically and confidently, showed good range and sound footwork and aired out his plus arm by throwing seeds to first base from shallow left field.

But Dietrich had an absolutely terrible game. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, and flailed more than once at Cantrell's average breaking pitch. He also made two errors at shortstop, both times sitting back on ground balls he allowed to play him. He did make one beautiful major-league-caliber play on a ground ball headed up the middle.

First baseman Kyle Roller from East Carolina, who just arrived on the Cape yesterday, was perhaps the most noteworthy postition player for Bourne. The bruising cleanup hitter hit a sharp single to right field, but also looked badly fooled in two consecutive strikeouts in his last two at bats.


For whatever reason Sunday's box scores are not yet available, but here are the other scores.

Chatham 3 Brewster 0

Cotuit 3 Falmouth 2, 10 innings

Harwich 2 Orleans 1, 11 innings

Y-D 3 Hyannis 1

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