East Texas right-handed pitcher and LSU sophomore-to-be Nick Rumbelow shined this week with notable pitching performances that earned him the Cape Cod League’s Coca Cola’s Pitcher of the Week honor.
Pitching for the Wareham Gatemen recently against Bourne, Rumbelow ended the game by pitching two scoreless innings, including four strikeouts.
The former Bullard Panther more recently stepped up in 1 2-3 innings of work playing Cotuit, striking out four of five Kettleers he faced.
Rumbelow currently holds down a 2.13 ERA with 23 strikeouts, third best in the league.
Rumbelow, known for his location work, has walked only four and given in to only eight hits in his 12 2-3 innings of work on the hill.
“The league has a long history of turning out top players and the competition level is not a drop off at all for SEC play,” Rumbelow said about the Cape Cod summer wooden bat league. “Of course winning the SEC and going to Omaha is always the goal at LSU and I think we have got the team character and talent to get LSU back in Omaha.”
After a redshirt first year at LSU, during his freshman season in 2011 Rumbelow appeared in 10 games in relief and posted a 2-0 record. His best outing of the year was a three-inning stint where he threw four strikeouts and only allowed two hits.
“Last season had its ups and downs but looking back I think it was a successful season,” Rumbelow said. “I got in a lot of key spots for the team and it will be hard to replace a few players we lost to the draft, but we have got a lot of returning talent for next season and we will do our best to finish up the year in Omaha.”
When asked about comparing the league with SEC play, Nick said it was just as tough if not more competitive because of the caliber of players in the summer wooden bat league.
“Facing the nation’s top collegiate players every game you play in can only make you stronger mentally and prepare you for tougher situations on down the line, but this league prides itself in former players that made it to the major league,” Rumbelow said. “The coaches are always looking for ways to make us better for our school and the next level too.”
Rumbelow is joined on the Gatemen by another LSU pitcher right-hander Kurt McCune and catcher Ty Ross.
All of Wareham’s home games are played at historic Spillane Stadium, accommodating 3,000 fans.
The Cape Cod League has been a premier amateur baseball league since 1885. The league began a 44 game regular season in June and will wind down with semi-finals and a championship best-of-three series.
The league is split in two divisions, with five teams in each league.
The Eastern Division consists of the Orleans Firebirds, Harwich Mariners, Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, Brewster Whitecaps and Chatham Anglers.
The Western Division has Rumbelows’ Wareham Gatemen, first-place Falmouth Commodores, Cotuit Kettleers, Hyannis Harbor Hawks and the Bourne Braves.