I went to Yarmouth-Dennis again on Sunday afternoon in another attempt to catch Y-D's right-handed ace Chris Sale from Florida Gulf Coast pitch against Falmouth.
I saw Sale throw an inning in an exhibition game a few weeks ago, and talked to him briefly at a game the following week about cold weather and the proper way to tilt my BlackBerry so the screen works, but I hadn't gotten another look at him yet. Sale extended his streak of innings without allowing a run to 20 before he gave up three in the seventh inning of Y-D's 6-3 win.
Sale didn't appear to have his best stuff Sunday but he still looked good. Sale is tall and strikingly thin at 6'6" 185, and he has a jerky, deceptive motion in which his long limbs flail toward the hitter. He throws from a low three-quarter arm angle. Sale's fastball sat in the 89-92 range and had really good sinking action. The pitch gets him a lot of ground ball outs. He also showed an average 77-78 mph slider and a good 77-80 mph changeup that also had really good downward movement. Sale needs to bulk up, but he has good stuff and has been one of the more effective pitchers so far this summer.
Falmouth's starter was righthander Nick Tepesch from the University of Missouri. Tepesch had good stuff but he got knocked around pretty well Sunday as Y-D hitters just sat back on his breaking pitches which he threw fairly often. Tepesch is tall with a big frame at 6'5" 219 and he still has room to fill out. He stands tall in his motion with his back stiff and he doesn't always follow all the way through, which led to his trouble leaving balls up in the zone. Tepesch's fastball sat in the 90-92 mph range and had some tailing action in on right-handed hitters. He threw an 85-87 mph slider with good bite to it. The slider didn't have a lot of lateral movement, but its velocity made it a nice complement to his fastball and gave it the effect of a cutter. He also threw a good 78-80 mph curveball that gave an effect of it stopping in midair and darting in a different direction. He also threw an occasional average 84 mph changeup. Tepesch's stuff was better than his performance, and he could be good with improved command.
AROUND THE LEAGUE:
Y-D 4 Falmouth 0: In the second game of the doubleheader, Y-D right-handed starter John Leonard from Boston College threw six shutout innings allowing just one hit. First baseman Mickey Wiswall from Boston College went 2-for-3 with 3 RBI for Y-D.
Bourne 6 Harwich 3: First baseman Stefan Romero from Oregon State went 3-for-3 with a home run and 4 RBI and catcher Chris Wallace from the University of Houston went 2-for-3 with a home run for Bourne. Centerfielder Trent Mummey from Auburn and third baseman Stuart Tapley from Florida State each went 2-for-3 for Harwich.
Harwich 8 Bourne 1: In the second game of the doubleheader, second baseman Phil Gosselin from the University of Virginia had two hits for Harwich and first baseman Kyle Roller from East Carolina, Oakland's 47th round pick, had two hits for Bourne.
Orleans 2 Chatham 1: Orleans left-handed starter Jimmy Reyes from Elon allowed just one unearned run on three hits and struck out nine in seven innings for Orleans. Designated hitter Joey Terdoslavich from the University of Miami had two hits for Chatham.
Cotuit 2 Hyannis 1: Cotuit right-handed reliever Ben Rowen from Virginia Tech got the win in relief after pitching three shutout innings and striking out four. Second baseman Nick Crawford from UAB and third baseman Dustin Harrington from East Carolina each had two hits for Hyannis.
Wareham 10 Brewster 2: Leftfielder George Springer from UConn went 3-for-5 with two RBI and centerfielder Ryan LaMarre from the University of Michigan went 2-for-3 with two RBI for Wareham. Second baseman Colin Walsh from Stanford and designated hitter Jedd Gyorko from West Virginia each had two hits for Brewster.