CHATHAM ─ The West Division All-Stars were on fire in the 2016 Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game on Saturday, but it wasn't from the hot, humid weather. Instead, it was their bats that were blazing as the best of the West defeated the beasts of the East 8-0 at Veterans Field.
BJ Myers of the Harwich Mariners took the mound for the East at the start of the annual event, shutting down the first three West batters in quick succession, ultimately earning himself the East MVP Award.
“I wasn't expecting it,” Myers said. “It hasn't really hit me yet. The start was more than I could imagine. It was everything I wanted.”
While Myers was top notch, the West was undaunted with batters Tyler Lawrence (Falmouth), Zach Rutherford (Hyannis), and Connor Wong (Bourne) each swinging into home runs at the top of the second to put the West ahead 3-0.
The East tried hard to overcome the deficit but only recorded five hits as the hole continued to grow throughout the game, ending with the West wearing the crown.
Prior to the big game was the Home Run Hitting Contest, which saw Chatham's Patrick Mathis hit eight homers in the opening round before creating a nail-biter in the final round against Kameron Esthay of the Hyannis Harbor Hawks, taking it to the last out. In the end it was Mathis three, Esthay four, again with the West prevailing.
This week the teams compete in their final regular season games, each vying for a spot in the playoffs, which begin Aug. 5.