Piscotty, Appel draw attention in Cape Cod


By Niall Adler

Stanford Sports Information

Stanford's Stephen Piscotty led the Cape Cod League in batting, Austin Wilson was a part of the Cape Cod champion Harwich Mariners and Mark Appel went from Team USA to the Cape's Yarmouth-Dennis, where he earned playoff player of the week honors, to highlight Cardinal baseball performances in various summer leagues.

Piscotty, a first team All-Pac-10 pick, hit .349 with 20 runs, eight doubles and 21 RBI over 29 games.

Overall for the summer, Appel had a 2.48 ERA over eight games and 29 innings, striking out 36, while walking five. Appel had 15 strikeouts over 12 regular season innings and two starts before earning Cape honors with eight shutout innings and 10 strikeouts against Falmouth in the opening round of the playoffs.

According to Baseball America's September issue, Appel and Arizona State shortstop Deven Marrero are the two leading candidates to go No. 1 in the June First-Year Player draft. Appel was rated the No. 1 prospect on Team USA, Marrero was No. 2.

"He had the best arm on the team by far," Team USA pitching coach Rob Walton said. "He touched 99 once or twice, with a bunch of 98s. The ceiling on him is unbelievable."

With Team USA, Appel had 11 strikeouts in nine innings over five appearances with a 5.00 ERA. Appel did not allow a run in four relief appearances, posting five strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings. In his one start, he gave up six runs in 4.2 innings, striking outs even against Japan in a no-decision.

In the New England Collegiate Summer League, Brett Michal Doran led Mystic with a .315 average over 37 games with nine doubles, three home runs and a team-best 24 RBI. Christian Griffiths, who missed the college season with a shoulder injury, hit .284 with 15 runs as the Mystic's catcher over 29 games. Sahil Bloom, in four starts for Mystic, had a 1.96 ERA over 23 innings with 16 strikeouts and five walks.

Eric Smith was another top hitter in the NECBL, averaging .310 over 35 games, ranking second on the team with 28 runs and among the league top-10 with 21 walks.

Dean McArdle had a 3.41 ERA over seven games and five starts (32 2/3 innings). He struck out 18 and walked eight for Hyannis. A.J. Vanegas also pitched for Y-D, recording a 4.13 ERA over 24.0 innings and eight games and four starts.

Among other players:

Justin Ringo, who played in the outfield for Holyoke in the NECBL, hit .277 over 29 games; Menlo School grad Danny Diekroeger hit .275 over 43 games with 25 runs for Morehead City, while Tommy Colton had a 3.60 ERA in seven relief appearances and 15 innings and Sam Lindquist appeared in eight games with two starts (11.91 ERA); Brian Guymon hit .286 over 25 games for Westhampton in the Atlantic League; Trevor Penny hit .257 in 14 games for Compton; Elliott Byers had a 4.41 ERA in 11 games with Holyoke in the NECBL, while Chris Jenkins, who missed the college season, had a 4.59 ERA over seven games; Wilson hit .204 in the Cape for Harwich with 13 RBI in 28 games, and center fielder Jake Stewart hit .210 for Orleans with a team-best two triples in 26 games, also in the Cape. Wilson also had five RBI in the playoffs, the second-most of any player; and in Alaska, second baseman Lonnie Kauppila hit .219 in 22 games for the Goldpanners.

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