Hyannis Returns To Top Spot
year ago, the Hyannis Harbor Hawks brought up the rear in the Cape
Cod League for the second season in a row, posting just a 14-30
the 2011 Cape season had even reached the midway mark, Hyannis had
already equaled its win total of a year ago by going 14-7—best mark
in the Cape League, acknowledged as the nation’s top summer
their startling turnaround, the Harbor Hawks have not only been the
talk of the Cape Cod League this summer, but summer baseball overall
as they moved to No. 1 again in Perfect Game’s weekly ranking of
the nation’s Top 25 summer-league teams.
main difference this year is that the guys we recruited showed up,”
said Hawks coach Chad Gassman, who oversaw his club’s two
last-place finishes. “This is the team we picked and these guys are
year, we lost nine players to Team USA and the draft. That’s not
complaining; that’s just the reality of this league. It happens to
every team and last year we just got hit hard.”
surging Harbor Hawks have seen a dramatic change in fortune, both on
the mound and at the plate. The team is hitting .257 this year (as
opposed to .227 in 2010) and has knocked off a full run from a 3.53
ERA last season to a 2.46 mark this year.
players that have played key roles this summer for the Hawks are the
Jacksonville University duo of sophomore first baseman Adam Brett
Walker (.253-3-12), one of the league’s top run producers, and
sophomore outfielder Dan Gulbransen (.317-0-3). Both are Wisconsin
high-school products who starred last summer in the Great Lakes
League before enjoying productive seasons during the spring at
Jacksonville. Walker hit .403-13-75, while Gulbransen hit .370-6-52.
the mound, the Harbor Hawks have gotten solid seasons from Cal State
Fullerton sophomore righthander Dylan Floro (1-0, 1.17, 21 IP/17 SO),
Oklahoma freshman lefthander Ryan Gibson (2-0, 0.00, 11 IP/11SO) and
Purdue sophomore closer Nick Wittgren (3-0, 0.96, 3 SV).
think the most effective part of our game right now is offense,”
said Gassman, “We’re causing activity on the base paths and just
making things happen.”
Cape Cod League team has been ranked No. 1 in PG’s Top 25 every
week this summer, with Hyannis replacing Harwich atop the rankings.
The Harbor Hawks topped the season’s initial poll.
the top teams in the Northwoods and Coastal Plain leagues, generally
acknowledged as the second- and third-strongest summer leagues,
continue to push the top Cape teams. With 23 wins apiece, most of any
summer team, the CPL’s Edenton Steamers and Northwoods League’s
Mankato MoonDogs, have moved into the Nos. 2-3 spots respectively.
25 team through games of July 5