25 July 2007

Five Mariners selected to represent team at All Star game

By Matt Rice
GateHouse News Service

Harwich - With numerous scouts expected for the annual event, the Harwich Mariners will send five of its everyday players to represent the East Division during this year’s All Star game on Saturday in Wareham.

    Leading the way for the hometown team is starting shortstop Cole Figueroa, who got the nod to start the game after hitting over .300 for the entire summer. He’s currently batting .304.
As the Mariners shortstop, Figueroa has committed only five errors in 26 games in the field and leads the team in nearly every offensive catergory, including on-base percentage (.398) and walks (15).

    He’ll be joined by reserves Kyle Day, Corey Young and Evan Crawford. Chris Dominguez was selected to participate in the homerun hitting contest.

    Day, a catcher and outfielder for the Mariners, is currently batting .269 with a team-high two triples and two homeruns in 29 games played. Day was selected as a reserve outfielder.

    The Mariners will also have a pair of their left-handed relievers in the bullpen for the East stars as Young and Crawford were also selected.

    In five starts so far this season, Young has a 3.93 ERA, up from 2.17 last week, and has registered 22 strikeouts while walking only nine.

    Crawford has been a key contributor for the Mariners out of the bullpen this year. In 12 games this summer, the Alabama native has allowed only two earned runs in more than 22 innings pitched. He’s also struck out 33 batters and carries a .81 ERA.

    After leading the NECBL (New England Collegiate Baseball League) in homeruns last summer, Dominguez was selected to participate in this summer’s homerun derby.

    The six-foot, five-inch Dominguez has only one roundtripper so far this summer, but is confident he’ll do well.

    “I’ve been in a few before and not done so well but I think this time will be a different story.
He’ll compete against Orleans’ Dennis Raben, who is second in the league with 8 homeruns and Brewster’s Yonder Alonso.

    Former Orleans Cardinal Frank Thomas, who now plays for the Toronto Blue Jays and recently hit his 500th career homerun, won the first homerun derby back in 1988.