Coca Cola® Cape League Pitcher/Player of the Week: Sexton and Calica

Coca Cola® Cape League Pitcher of the Week: Austin Sexton, RHP (Mississippi State) – Cotuit Kettleers

Austin Sexton - Cotuit Kettleers CCBL Photo/Sportspix

Austin Sexton – Cotuit Kettleers
CCBL Photo/Sportspix

Amidst the excitement of the Friendly’s® Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game, regular-season efforts and achievements can sometimes fly under the radar, and even more so when a team is struggling to qualify for a playoff spot. Cotuit Kettleers righty Austin Sexton (Mississippi State) staged one such performance last week.

In a match-up against the Harwich Mariners last Friday at BFC Whitehouse Field, Sexton tossed seven scoreless innings to carry the Kettleers to a 3-0 victory with 12 strikeouts and just one man walked. In the course of his seven innings of near-flawless work, he scattered just two hits. All totaled, Sexton has racked up 32 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings pitched this season and in his effort against Harwich he lowered his earned run average to 3.48.

A native of Madison, Alabama, Sexton turned in a strong 2015 campaign for Mississippi State and led the Bulldogs with 61 strikeouts and posting a notable 3.77 ERA in 76 1/3 innings of work.

Coca Cola® Cape League Player of the Week: Andrew Calica, Outfielder (UC-Santa Barbara) – Wareham Gatemen

A consensus selection for last Saturday’s Cape League All-Star Game for the West Division, Wareham’s leadoff man Andrew Calica (UC-Santa Barbara) continued his heavy hitting last week with numerous rock-solid outputs at the plate.

Andrew Calica - Wareham Gatemen CCBL Photo/Sportspix

Andrew Calica – Wareham Gatemen
CCBL Photo/Sportspix

Calica was a major contributor to the Gatemen’s victory against Falmouth last Tuesday, driving in two runs on three hits in a 5-0 victory over the Commodores. Despite Wareham’s tough loss against the Hyannis Harbor Hawks last Thursday, Calica kept up the pace for the Gatemen. His perfect 5-for-5 day with singles in the first, third, fifth and seventh innings helped elevate his batting average to .432. He now has 38 hits on the season in 25 games played with 14 RBI.

Calica, currently playing for the University of California Santa Barbara Gauchos, hails from Chula Vista, Calif. An All-Big West Honorable Mention in 2015, Calica finished up the season strong, posting a .329 batting average with 41 runs on 69 hits in 210 at-bats.

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