Scott Firth has had better innings, while Clemson teammate Richie Shaffer grabbed his moment in the spotlight and put on a show.
Both Tiger baseball players figured prominently into the festivities at the Cape Cod League’s All-Star Game Friday night at Fenway Park in Boston.
Firth ended up as the losing pitcher for the West in a 4-1 loss to the East, as he allowed a pair of runs – one earned – in a second-inning stint that included a throwing error after he had successfully backed by a wild throw from the outfield. The eventual winning run – the East’s second – scored on the play.
Firth entered the game as one of Cape Cod League’s dominant pitchers, with a 3-0 record and a 1.21 ERA in seven starts and 37.1 innings pitched for Hyannis. Over the course of the summer, he has allowed 27 hits and five earned runs, while striking out 29 and walking 21.
Shaffer was a runaway winner in the pre-game Home Run Derby, which was shortened to one round because of a tight television schedule.
Shaffer powered six homers over Fenway Park’s Green Monster – two deposited into Lansdowne Street after hitting light towers atop the wall, and four more into the Monster seats.
Shaffer’s six homers doubled second-place Daniel Palka of Georgia Tech and Adam Brett Walker of Jacksonville, who had three each.
Shaffer started the competition with five straight outs, but then homered on six of his next eight chances.
"It's an intimidating fence, but when you clear it, it feels pretty good," Shaffer told Baseball America. "The first couple I was a little tense, maybe over-swinging a little bit. Once you get the first one, you can take a deep breath and say, 'All right, I got on the board.' Then I got in a nice little groove, and it felt good."
Shaffer was impressed with his Fenway Park experience.
"This has got to be one of the greatest places to play baseball in the world," he told Baseball America. “Just being out here and standing around, it gives me goosebumps just standing here . . . There's so much history and tradition, you can't really put it into words what it's like to be out here. It's really cool standing at home plate and getting to swing and see the ball hit the Green Monster. It's something you think about as a kid. It's pretty awesome."
For the Cape Cod League season, Shaffer batted .275 with five homers, 11 doubles and 20 RBIs in 32 games and 120 at-bats for Chatham.
Also playing in the Cape Cod League this summer were Tigers Dominic Leone and Spencer Kieboom.
Leone was 1-3 with a 2.83 ERA in five starts for Chatham. He worked 35 innings, struck out 32 and walked 17.
Kieboom batted .206 in 28 games with Falmouth.