The Wareham Gatemen currently lead the CCBL in most offensive categories and this has shown with how many Gatemen position players have made the all star team. The Gatemen have the best team batting average (.292), lead in RBI (137), lead in total bases (377), lead in hits (270), and lead in runs (154).
Dallas Beaver (South Carolina), Jacob Teter (Florida Southern), and Braiden Ward (Washington) will all be in the starting lineup for the West Division team. Darren Baker (Cal Berkeley), Ben Sems (Kansas), and Matt McLain will be in the reserves.
Beaver joined the Gatemen a little late coming June 19th, but has made up for lost time by being one of the most consistent players in the CCBL. Beaver is batting .367 with 1 HR and 11 RBI. Beaver has a hit in 9 out of the last 10 games and already has 5 doubles on the year.
Teter has all of the numbers to back up his selection as a starter. In 26 games Teter is batting .307 with 17 RBI and 2 HR. Teter has been towards the top of best batting average in the CCBL rankings all season and he currently has the 11thbest.
Ward has proven to be the perfect lead-off hitter for the Wareham Gatemen. Ward leads the CCBL in stolen bases with 17 and has also been a phenomenal batter. Ward has the 6thbest batting average in the league .330 and has 15 RBI and 3 HR. One of ward’s most memorable performances was a 6-6 night against the Orleans Firebirds.
Baker is a standout performer defensively but has also been very consistent at the plate. Baker has the 8thbest batting average .326 with 6 RBI. Baker leads the team in SO with 23 but that has been cancelled out by his league leading 31 hits.
Sems has shown all the makings of becoming an elite defensive infielder. Sems has multiple web gems to his name this season and has also packed a punch on offense. Sems is batting .289 with 9 RBI, and 1 HR.
Similar to Beaver, McLain was late to the party joining the team June 20th, but has burst onto the scene. McLain has been Mr. Utilty for the Gatemen playing practically every position besides catcher. McLain is batting .297 with 16 RBI, 2 HR, 2 3B, and 5 2B. Mclain had a breakout game against the Orleans Firebirds going 3-4 with 2 RBI.
Ian Bedell (Missouri) will be starting on the mound for the West Division team. Bedell has taken the CCBL by storm leading the league in most pitching categories. Bedell has the best ERA (.70), best record (3-0), 2ndmost strikeouts (28) and least amount of hits given up (13). Bedell’s best outing was his last time on the mound against the Chatham Anglers posting a final line of 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 8 SO.
The man who has usually relieved Bedell to close the game out is Trent Palmer (Jacksonville). Palmer has been electric coming out of the bullpen for the Gatemen. Palmer has a 1.35 ERA in 13.1 innings pitched with 17 SO. Wareham as a team is only ranked 7thin team ERA (4.07) but these two guys have been sensational to say the least.
The All-Star game will take place at 6:05 p.m. on Sunday, July 21 in Orleans. The HR Derby will take place at 5:00 p.m. that same night. You can get autographs from all the West Division All-Stars from 2:30-3:15.
Photo by: Kristin Ostrowski