Cape Cod League: A Pries No Hitter, Simon Fires Them Up, & Bowman’s Back From Super Regional Action
The Yarmouth Dennis Red Sox are 13-6 and sit at a close 2 nd place behind the Brewster Whitecaps in the Eastern Division. Yarmouth has the 2nd best team hitting in the league (.242), and the 7th ranked pitching (2.96). As the league nears its halfway point, Yarmouth attained a much needed morale booster from pitcher Jordan Pries on June 30 th against the Orleans Firebirds. Priers pitched his full 9 frames without giving up a hit, or a run, while surrendering 3 walks, and striking out 4. It was a great 2-0 win for Yarmouth as they try to chisel their way to 1st place. Pries is having a successful summer, after 14.2 innings, he’s posted a 2-0 record, 1.23, and 9 strikeouts. This past spring Pries played for Stanford and was not exactly an elite pitcher, but his 97.1 innings of work proved that his coaches were confident with him on the mound. Pries had a record of 4-4, 4.07, with 2 complete games and a shutout. In the regional with Stanford, Pries started in the first game against New Mexico. He went for 6.1 innings and lost the game after giving up 7 hits, and 5 earned runs.
At the bottom of the Cape Cods Eastern Division are the Orleans Firebirds. With an 8-12 record and a team batting average that ranks 7 th in the league, the Firebirds maintain a strong pitching presence in the league with the 2nd best team ERA (2.41). Part of that success comes from Kyle Simon, a 6’5 right hander who is quietly out performing many of his peers. Simon’s record of 0-2 so far this summer is nothing more than a strange illusion that could confuse someone just glancing at his numbers. What’s most important about Simon is that after 18 innings, he’s only given up 11 hits, and 1 earned run. His 12 strikeouts are not jumping for the power pitching title, but his 2 walks do give off the idea that Simon stays close to the strike zone the majority of the time. This past spring, Simon played for Arizona University and he excelled as one of their starting pitchers. Simon led all pitchers on the team with 8 wins, and 109.2 innings. During the Regional tournament, Arizona presented Simon with the task of out pitching TCU’s freshman phenomenon Matt Purke. Simon pitched 3.2 innings and gave up 6 hits, and 6 runs. The experience led him into this summer’s challenge of playing in the Cape Cod League, and the Orleans Firebirds are a much better team because of it.
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On the offense side, the Cape Cod League is featuring Daniel Bowman. Bowman is an outfielder this summer for the Bourne Braves. The Braves are in 1 st place in the Western Division, and Bowman is instrumental in the middle of that lineup. Bowman is on an 8 game hitting streak and has 6 multi hit games this summer. After 56 at bats, Bowman is hitting .304, with 3 homeruns, 10 RBI’s, and he leads the league with a .536 slugging percentage. Success is not a stranger to Bowman, and this past spring was probably the biggest stage of his baseball career. Bowman was with Coastal Carolina this spring on a team that was ranked amongst the top ten baseball schools all year. During the Big South Conference tournament, Bowman hit a grand slam against High Point, and went 3 for 3 against Liberty. Then in the Regional, Bowman went 4 for 9 in two games against Stony Brook. In the Super Regional, Bowman hit 2 homeruns, had 3 RBI’s, and scored 3 runs. As Bowman continues to hit the ball well for the Bourne Braves this summer, a league title does not seem too far fetched. It will be a monumental year for Bowman, and next year as a senior we could expect more of the same. The Cape Cod League will televise their All Star game on July 28th at 8pm on CBS College Sports Network from Fenway Park. This will be an exciting baseball moment, and it will be available to the largest potential audience in the league’s history.
By Adrian Nevarez
DFN Sports Staff Writer