FORT MYERS, Fla. - FGCU starter Chris Sale earned the BFC Outstanding Pitcher Award for the 2009 Cape Cod Baseball League Season. Sale finished the summer leading the Cape Cod League in strikeouts, and innings pitched.
“It’s exciting,” said Sale. “I never really checked my stats during the year. I didn’t really know how I was holding up to the rest of the pack as far ERA, strikeouts, and what not but it was very surprising and very gratifying.”
The 6-6 lanky lefty showed tremendous tenacity during the regular season in his 9 starts. He was sporting a 4-2 record before the playoffs, tied for first in the league for wins, and leading the league in strikeouts with 57, with an astounding 57-9 strikes-to-walk ratio. Sale saw the most action of any pitcher this summer with 55 innings pitched, and he sports the third lowest ERA at a miniscule 1.47.
Sale’s stats helped keep the Y-D Red Sox at the top of the pack in team pitching. For the majority of the season, they were ranked first until the Orleans Firebirds edged them out of the top spot right before the playoffs. The Sox finished the season with an impressive 2.79 ERA and 28-15 record.
“I wanted to come up here and make the All-Star team and come out here and do as well as I could,” said Sale. “But as far as what I’ve done, I didn’t expect to come up here and be MVP or Pitcher of the Year. I’ve always wanted to do that, but I didn’t expect to do as well as I have been.”
Sale certainly exceeded his own expectations this summer, not only making the All-Star team for the Eastern Division, but being named MVP as well. While Sale only threw 6 pitches in total, he retired all of the batters he faced giving up no walks and no hits.
“Fenway Park was exciting,” said Sale. “It was kind of one of those once in a lifetime things. You set foot out there, and look around, and you’re like ‘Oh my gosh,’ I didn’t spend a lot of time out there on the mound, I only threw like 6 pitches, but it was a really great experience.”
Despite the Y-D Red Sox leading the Cape Cod in pitching most of the season, the Sox fell in the second round of the Cape Cod League playoffs.