3 Aug, 2005

Sizemore and mates enjoy game

Representing the Harwich Mariners in last Saturday's Cape Cod Baseball League All Star Game in Hyannis were center fielder Chris Emanuele, third baseman Scott Sizemore and pitcher Tim Lincecum. 

Sizemore, who entered the game in the fifth inning as a defensive replacement, grounded out to the third baseman in the seventh inning and grounded into a double play that scored the eventual winning run in the close 1-0 ballgame won by the Eastern Division All Stars. 

"It was just a great honor to be chosen in the first place," said Sizemore. "This league is full of some great players and to be chosen to be on the All Star team is something I'm really exited about." 

When asked if he preferred the slower style of game that quite a few Cape League games are, Sizemore said, "Well of course, being a hitter, I prefer the more high-scoring game, but these close games keeps the players competitive, knowing that you're a few hits away from the lead." 

Sizemore said he thinks the combination of the wooden bats and the pitching leads to the closer, low scoring games common in the Cape League. 

"My swing is more short and quick which, I think, is more like a wooden bat swing," said Sizemore while trying to explain his success at the plate this season. He's currently batting .299 in 36 games. 

Emanuele, playing center field, singled to right in his second at bat during the eighth inning, but was later thrown out trying to steal second. He had grounded out in his first at bat in the fifth. 

Mariner pitcher Tim Lincecum pitched a perfect third inning in relief of Eastern Division starter Jared Hughes. 

On Tuesday, the All Stars will get a chance to be honored at Fenway Park prior to the Red Sox game. Asked what would be the most exiting aspect of the going to Fenway to catch game, Sizemore simply replied, "Seeing someone smash a ball over the Monster, of course." 

Sizemore's teammate Danny McDonald may disagree with Sizemore. "Well I'm a Yankees fan so there's really not much at Fenway I'm looking forward to seeing," said the Mariner pitcher.

By Matt Rice