Take a glance at the Cape Cod Baseball League website and you’ll note that the Orleans Firebirds have much to celebrate this week. Not only is the team sitting atop the East Division, but it's also well represented in Saturday’s All-Star game in Wareham with an impressive nine men on the East roster.
Comprising the game-play lineup will be first baseman Ethan Paul, second baseman Romy Gonzalez, left-fielder Jimmy Herron, and outfielder Niko Decolati, with pitchers Ryan Rolison, Dan Lynch, Logan Gilbert, and Joey Murray lending their strength to the East bullpen.
Paul comes into the game with a .368 batting average earned in 27 games and 87 at-bats with 18 runs and two homers. Gonzalez will take part in the popular Home Run Hitting Contest along with teammate Stephen Scott. As of Monday night Gonzalez boasted a .333 batting average across 21 games played and 75 at-bats with 25 hits and 16 runs, four of which were homers.
Meanwhile, Herron had a .375 average in 27 games and 96 at-bats, with 19 runs, including two homers, and is third in the league for batting average. Decolati has a .310 average in 18 games with 71 at-bats that include 11 runs.
In the bullpen, Rolison has pitched four games for the Firebirds, allowing nine hits and four runs with a whopping 26 strikeouts and a 1.86 ERA, while Lynch, who has also pitched four games, has a 1.83 ERA and has allowed 13 hits and four runs with 20 strikeouts. Just ahead is Murray, who has thrown in five games in which he allowed 14 hits and four runs, also with 20 strikeouts, for a 1.22 ERA, while Gilbert comes in with a 0.88 ERA in four games in which he allowed 12 hits and six runs with 16 strikeouts.
Chatham fans will have a quintet of Anglers to cheer on in the annual event, including Jacob Olson at shortstop, Shea Langeliers in the designated hitter slot, Josh Shaw and Jeremy Peña in the infield and Jack Degroat on the mound.
For the Anglers, Olson boasts a .308 batting average from 91 at-bats in 23 games in which he’s had 16 runs, including two homers. Teammate Langeliers has a .259 average in 22 games and 81 at-bats with 12 runs and five home runs, two of which were grand slams. Shaw has a .318 average earned in 88 at-bats in 22 games with 10 runs, while Peña has a .308 average in 15 games and 52 innings with seven runs, including two homers.
On the mound Degroat has pitched six games for the A’s for a total of nine innings in which he’s allowed two hits while recording 18 strikeouts.
Joining the fray from Harwich will be infielder Cobie Vance, catcher Nick Dalesandro and pitcher Tyler Baum, a.k.a. the Baumer.
At press time Vance had a .319 batting average from 25 games and 94 innings played with six runs, while Dalesandro had a .286 average from 19 games and 63 innings with 12 runs. Baum, meanwhile, has an ERA of 2.61 from five games pitched in which he allowed 24 hits with 28 strikeouts.
The All-Star game is slated for Saturday (July 22). Gates at Spillane Field in Wareham open to the public at 2 p.m., which also marks the start of West batting practice from 2-2:40 p.m. with the East following from 2:45-3:25 p.m. East and West pitchers will sign autographs from 2:40-3:20 p.m., with East position players signing autographs for fans from 3:25-4:05 p.m. and West players signing from 4:15-4:55 p.m. The Home Run Hitting Contest begins at 5 p.m. and pre-game ceremonies are set to start at 5:40 p.m., with the game to start at 6:05 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at any Cape League ballpark.
Look for photos and a game recap in The Chronicle’s July 27 sports section.