WAREHAM, Mass. Four Wareham Gatemen players have been named to the Cape Cod Baseball League Western Division All-Star Team. Shortstop Derek Dietrich (Georgia Tech) will be joined by pitchers Eric Pfisterer (Duke), Jack Armstrong (Vanderbilt) and Brandon Workman (Texas). The Under Armour Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game is being played at historic Fenway Park on Thursday, July 23rd at 6:00pm. Preceeding the game will be annual homerun contest and Gatemen OF/RHP Brett Eibner (Arkansas) has been invited to participate in that event.
Derek Dietrich will play shortstop for the CCBL West squad and has been tauted as one of the best prospects in the Cape Cod Baseball League. He was named the 2008 National Freshman of the Year and while on the Gatemen roster a year ago, opted to accept an invite to play for Team USA. Dietrich is a valuable infielder for Wareham; playing mostly at shortstop but has also spent time at both second and third base this season. He is currently hitting .234 with 3 homers and 8 rbi to go along with a team high 16 walks, 3 doubles and 3 stolen bases. His 18 runs scored is among the league leaders.
Eric Pfisterer (Duke) came to the Cape as a true 2-way player but has emerged as one of the top left-handed pitchers in the CCBL and a regular part of the Wareham pitching rotation. His 3-0 record is tied for best in the league and is supported by an impressive 1.65 era. Pfisterer has allowed only 5 earned runs in 27.1 innings and opponents are hitting only .122 against him. During his first two starts for the Gatemen, he did not allow a hit or a run; a streak of 12 consecutive innings.
Jack Armstrong (Vanderbilt) has emerged as dominant starting pitcher in the Cape Cod League after not seeing a lot action at Vanderbilt during his freshman season. Recently named the CCBL Coca-Cola Pitcher of the Week, Armstrong also has a 3-0 record, a 2.22 era and the hard throwing right-hander has struck out 22 batters in 23.1 innings of work. His complete game shutout of the Hyannis Mets was one of the best pitching performances on the Cape this season. Jack’s father, (by the same name – Jack Armstrong), also played for the Wareham Gatemen and like his son, was a CCBL All-Star before moving onto the Major League’s where he was a National League All-Star pitcher.
The fourth Gatemen player to be named a CCBL All-Star is Brandon Workman (Texas). Workman is a repeat All-Star selection as he pitched in the 2008 game that was played in Chatham a year ago. Workman, along with his 3 Longhorn teammates, recently arrived on the Cape after competing in the finals of the College World Series in Omaha vs. LSU. This hard throwing right-hander is part of a deep and talented Texas pitching staff. Brandon has made only one start this year but it was certainly an “all-star worthy” performance as he defeated the Harwich Mariners by pitching a complete game while striking out 9 and allowing only 1 run.
Brett Eibner (Arkansas) will take his swings toward the famous “Green Monster” during the home run contest. This two-way player for the Gatemen (he pitched a complete game vs. Harwich yesterday) has 2 homers on the season and has the power to put many balls over the wall at Fenway.