Cotuit's Robert Stock (catcher and RHP) bypassed his senior year in high school this year to join the USC Trojan baseball program. He did so with much fanfare, going on in his freshman season to bat .253 with 4 homers. Today Stock homered in the 5th inning to help his team to a 9-8 win over the Hyannis Mets. So with that homer he's already one-quarter of the way toward matching his NCAA season high for homers.
I reported on (and photographed) Stock two months ago for CodBall. Back in April, sitting with a current a Major Leaguer, we observed that Stock was blocking the plate well but having trouble throwing out runners.
I saw some of that today during the broadcast. Stock blocked relatively well but let two balls get by him, allowing two to score in the middle part of the game. He also allowed a ball to get past in the 8th. In the 9th he failed to throw out a runner stealing 3rd, which eventually allowed the Mets to narrow the score to a one-run game.
I still pick Stock to have a big season on the Cape.
Oklahoma freshman RHP Garrett Richards turned in a good pitching performance for Cotuit. Up 9-7 in the 9th, Richards gave up a double to Mets infielder Shane Peterson of Long Beach and then a single to Kiko Vazquez from Central Florida. With the game hanging in the balance and two outs, Richards struck out the final batter to get the win for Cotuit. Hyannis manager Greg King made a run at taking back the lead in the 9th by having Scott Elmendorf pinch run for Vazquez, but to no avail.
The game ended in a close score, but broadcasters seemed to think the game could have been called earlier for darkness.