On Saturday morning, four Wareham Gatemen received word that they will represent the West Division in the Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game.
Second baseman Cole Freeman (LSU Baseball), utility player Robbie Metz (George Washington), catcher Joey Bart (Georgia Tech), and left-handed pitcher Gunner Leger (Louisiana Lafayette) were all selected to participate in the All-Star Game, which will take place at Veterans Field in Chatham on July 23rd.
Prior to the All-Star Game will be the Cape Cod Baseball League Home Run Derby where Gatemen Colton Shaver (Bringham Young University) is expected to partake in the event.
It is anticipated that Freeman will be in the starting lineup for the West All-Stars, while Metz and Bart are to be reserves. There has been no announcement yet as to who will be the starting pitcher, with Leger still an option.
Over the last two weeks there is no question that Bart and Freeman have been the Gatemen’s best offensive weapons.
Since starting 0-for-12, Bart is 19 for his last 39 and currently has a .373 batting average to go along with a .429 on-base percentage.
Freeman, meanwhile, arrived July 24 and has been nothing short of a spark plug for the Gatemen offense from that point forward.
Using his speed, ability to hit to all fields, and terrific glove at second base, Freeman is boasting a team-leading .403 batting average, scoring 13 runs in 16 games, stealing 10 bases, and committing just two errors.
The Louisiana State University second baseman said he could not help but feel honored when he heard he would be teaming up with the best in the league.
“It’s one thing to say I got to play up in the Cape for baseball, but another to say I was an all-star. To play alongside and against some of the best in the country is truly a blessing. I’m honored to run out there and represent Wareham, LSU, and my family!”
Metz is the lone Gatemen player to be selected to the all-star roster who has been with the team since the season began on June 10. While Metz initially came in as a middle infielder, he has proven to be more than capable of playing all three outfield positions. The rising junior at George Washington has two out field assists, one from right field and the other from left.
Additionally, Metz has come in out of the bullpen once so for this season for Wareham, retiring the only batter he faced.
On the year Metz is hitting .299 with six doubles and has been safe in 13 of 14 stolen base attempts.
Lastly, Leger is the lone pitcher from the Gatemen to be chosen as a member of the West All-Stars. Over the course of his 14 innings of work, Leger has been arguably the most dominant pitcher in the league. He has yet to give up an earned run, struck out 21, and scattered just five hits.
The left-hander out of Louisiana Lafayette has displayed an ability to pitch inside to both lefties and righties to go along with a devastating changeup