July 11, 2012
Billy Ferriter strode to the plate in the top of the seventh inning with runners on second and third in a 1-1 ball game. Ferriter’s average had already dropped to a summer-low .188 after flying out in the fifth. The count was one ball and zero strikes when he laid down a bunt up the first base line and raced to the bag. Ferriter was out at first by a step as a teammate raced home with the go-ahead run on the squeeze play. For Ferriter, it was his second sacrifice bunt of the game as he propelled the Falmouth Commodores to a 2-1 victory over the host Hyannis Harborhawks on Tuesday night.
Ferriter, in his second season playing with
“The team is doing real well,” stated Ferriter. “We got off to a better start than last year. We’ve just got a great group of guys.”
Over the last 10 summers, 41
The CCBL, a wood bat collegiate summer league, is widely considered as the most prestigious and competitive league of its kind and a gateway to the majors. Droves of fans head to the fields in hopes of seeing the Major League stars of tomorrow. The likes of Jeff Bagwell, Nomar Garciaparra and Tim Lincecum have dug in at the plate or toed the rubber of the mounds along the
For the players from
“Being up here, we’re definitely facing the best competition in the country; that helps,” said
The differences from the college season to here are clear to the players. Most notably to the hitters are the use of wood bats and the talent of the opposing pitchers.
While Ferriter’s average is down, he remains a fixture in the lineup and is among the
“[Hitting] has been a little hard," said Ferriter. “I started off slow, so I’m just pressing a little bit and everything is tight and I just need to loosen up. [The
For the pitchers, it’s a matter of being ready to go at a moment’s notice and seize the opportunity to perform. Moore, who made just eight appearances on the hill for UConn in 2012, but started 32 games in the outfield, has pitched in six games this summer. Through 9.1 innings pitched, he holds a 7.71 earned run average and has struck out five batters.
“It’s been kind of tough, pretty much playing catch up.”
“I’m hoping to be a starter at school [next spring],” began Cross. “When we showed up [on the
All in all, it’s been a terrific experience for the players on the
“[The experience] is great,” stated