Wareham Gatemen newcomer Daniel Palka has been tearing it up for Georgia Tech. In the opener of their 2010 Fall World Series, Palka was 4-4 with 4 RBI. Included in that outburst was a homerun and a double. In the second game of the series, Palka had a run-scoring single. Palka followed that up with a 2 for 3 day in game three. The 6'1", 223 lb. freshman from Lyman, SC is someone to keep an eye on when the spring season begins. Although listed on Tech's roster as a first baseman/outfielder/lefthanded pitcher, most people seem to think Palka will see the majority of time at the DH position since the Yellow Jackets have Jake Davies (Wareham '10) returning to man firstbase. Palka was chosen in the 19th round of June's draft by the Philadelphia Phillies and is part of a recruiting class that was ranked sixth in the nation by Collegiate Baseball Magazine. The Jackets' highly regarded freshman class also includes incoming Wareham players Matthew Grimes and Mott Hyde. Grimes is a 6'6" righthanded pitcher out of Hoschton, GA. Described as having a powerful arm and great upside, Grimes was taken in the 4th round of the 2010 draft by the Chicago White Sox. Mott Hyde shows up on Wareham's roster as "Hyde Mott" and the Gatemen list him as a righthanded pitcher, although Georgia Tech shows him as a middle infielder. His player bio indicates that Hyde is considered "one of the best prep middle infielders in the country," and goes on to say that the Calhoun, GA product is very athletic and has a strong arm. Hyde was drafted in the 44th round by the Toronto Blue Jays. Other Cape League notes:
In the second game of that Georgia Tech series, Mark Pope (Falmouth '09, '10) pitched a masterful 6 innings, allowing just one run on 4 hits. Pope did not walk a batter while striking out 4. To say Luke Bard (Brewster '10) did not fare well in game one would be an understatement. Bard surrendered 11 runs (9 earned) on 12 hits in 2 2/3 innings. Bard had one strikeout and two walks.
Billy Sittig has been hired as the new head baseball coach at Foxborough (MA.) HS. Sittig starred at Stonehill and pitched for Harwich and Wareham in 2005. He previously served as an assistant coach at Wentworth.
Scott Friedholm, Boston College's recruiting coordinator and pitching coach, played for Chatham in 1995-96. Prior to coming to BC, Friedholm held the same positions at Navy. Friedholm joins Harwich Mariners coach Steve Englert on the staff of new BC head coach Mike Gambino.
The Cape League was well-represented in game one of the inaugural Duke Baseball Fall Classic. Eric Phisterer (Wareham '09, '10) had 3 hits in 5 at-bats and was 2 for 2 in stolen base attempts. Will Piwnica-Worms (Orleans '10) was 1 -4 with two runs scored. Marcus Stroman (Orleans '10), who made the 2010 CCBL All League team as the Firebirds closer, played shortstop in this game and was 2-6 with a stolen base and two runs scored. All three players played for the Lemurs who won 8-1, in Piwnica-Worms "managerial" debut.
In game four of the University of Tennessee's Orange-White World Series, Khayyan Norfork (Brewster '10) went 3 for 5, including a double, while adding a pair of stolen bases.
Congratulations are in order for Judy Scarafile. The President of the Cape Cod Baseball League has been added to the "In the Office" segment of the Diamond Dreams exhibit at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. which features "the stories of scores of women who have played influential roles on the field, in the office and in the stands throughout baseball history."