14 July, 2005

Player, Pitcher of Week

Orleans' Chris Pettit (Loyola Marymount) has been named Coca Cola Player of the Week after hitting .400, two home runs, a whopping .867 slugging percentage and six RBI for the Orleans Cardinals.

Derrick Lutz (George Washington) of Chatham was Coca Cola Pitcher of the Week. In three appearances, Lutz posted two saves and 11 strikeouts while giving up only four hits over five innings pitched. Most impressively, Lutz's ERA over this period was 0.00.

Player and pitcher awards are chosen by SportsTicker Boston.

Former temporary players leading Hyannis

Despite compiling the league's worst record even after winning five of their last six games, the Hyannis Mets have received several solid performances from some unexpected sources.

Slugging infielder Kyle Norrid, who sat out this spring after transferring from Tennessee to Memphis, leads the team with a .280 batting average along with one homer and seven RBI.

On a team ranked ninth in overall batting average (.202), Norrid has consistently stayed above .250 and flirted with the magic .300 mark.

"Kyle has been a great story for us," says Hyannis General Manager John Howitt. "He was originally signed as a temporary player and we've taken him on permanently. He's given us a good bat in the infield."

Norrid is a 6 foot, 205-pound right-handed hitter from Germantown, Tenn.

Another surprising performance has been turned in by catcher Teddy Dziuba, who is batting .265 and is among the league leaders with three home runs.

The 5-10, 185-pound left-handed hitting catcher from Babson played briefly for two other teams, including one at the end of last season and another during pre-season before being picked up by the Mets as a temp and finally signed as a permanent player just last week.

"We needed a catcher and Teddy has filled the bill, both in the batter's box and behind the plate," says Howitt.

At Babson, Dziuba, a native of Wayne, N.J., was named All-NEWMAC, NEIBA All-New England, and ECAC All-New England after leading the team with a .356 average, 12 doubles, 39 runs scored, 36 RBIs, and 33 walks (ranking 24th nationally)

In addition, his six home runs gave him 19 in his career. Dziuba is second in Babson history with a .368 average, fifth with 116 RBIs, third with 241 total bases, third with 80 walks, and first with a .616 slugging percentage. The junior catcher posted a .996 fielding percentage while throwing out nearly 30 percent of opposing base-runners.

Errecart boosts Y-D Red Sox 

Even though Y-D dropped below .500, it possesses one of the league's top hitters in outfielder/first baseman Chris Errecart.

The Cal-Berkley product was named the Coca-Cola Cape League Player of the Week for the week of July 3.

"It's pretty exciting. Anytime you can win an award like that, it's an honor," says Errecart.

Errecart is currently batting well over .300, and last week was first in the league with a .610 slugging percentage and second in the league in on-base percentage with .410 as well as second in extra base hits with eight.

Errecart is an all-around team player and field manager Scott Pickler has plenty of compliments to give his first baseman, "Chris is a student of the game. Each day he comes and works hard until he gets it right."

Pickler loves Errecart's work ethic and says that he loves to win and always puts the team first. "Chris is also great at making adjustments at the plate," says Pickler.

AROUND THE CAPE LEAGUE HORN:The award-winning documentary on the CCBL, "Touching the Game," will be shown at the Woods Hole Film Festival at 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1. Details on the location are available at www.woodsholefilmfestival.org. League Corporate Nights: July 14: Sullivan Tire at Y-D; Cape Cod Potato Chips at Harwich; Hood Sampling at Orleans; July 17: Cape Cod Potato Chips Appreciation Night at Hyannis. Rescheduled games: As a result of last Friday's postponed games, the following is an updated list of rescheduled games: Wednesday, July 20, Wareham at Chatham, 7 p.m.; Y-D at Brewster, 5 p.m.; Tuesday, July 26, Chatham at Hyannis, 5 p.m. 

Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game

Saturday, July 30 at McKeon Park, Hyannis.

Schedule: 9 a.m., merchandise booth set up; 10, players arrive; 10:30, gates open to public; 10:45, players available to media; 11:15, East batting practice/West autographs); noon, West BP.East autographs; 12:45 p.m., East infield; 1, West infield; 1:15, HR Hitting Contest; 2, field prep; 2:20, All-Star Recognition; 2:50, pPresentation of Colors/National Anthem; 3, First Pitch Ceremony; 3:05, Play Ball!