Baseball trio named Cape Cod League All-Stars
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
By Kirk Downs
Baseball trio named Cape Cod League All-Stars
Michael Gigliotti stares down a pitch in the ASUN Championship against FGCU.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb baseball players Michael Gigliotti, Jeffrey Passantino and Brady Puckett have all been selected to represent the Falmouth Commodores in the upcoming 2016 Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game.

The event is set to take place at Veteran’s Field on Saturday, July 23 with the first pitch at 6:05 local time in Chatham, Massachusetts.

They become the only Bisons in program history to be named Cape Cod All-Stars, and the three Lipscomb selections tie Virginia for the most of any college in the nation. In total, six Falmouth Commodores were named to the West Division team.

Gigliotti will start and anchor the defense in center field, while Passantino will look to set the tone early as the starting pitcher. Puckett will be one of nine pitchers coming out of the bullpen.

With the two-headed monster of Passantino and Puckett leading the charge this summer, the 20-win ‘Dores have positioned themselves atop the league in nearly every pitching category.

Falmouth ranks second in the Cape in ERA (2.35), batting average against (.206), WHIP (1.06), slugging percentage (.269), fewest runs allowed (104), fewest walks allowed (82), fewest hits allowed (219) and shutouts (7).

Falmouth is 9-2 when the Lipscomb duo toes the rubber. The only two losses came on walk-off hits allowed by the bullpen.

Gigliotti began the summer third in the lineup, but rapidly rose to the leadoff after proving his ability to reach base consistently. The move has paid off thus far as the lefty has hit safely in 25 of his team-high 31 games played and has found a way to get on base in all but three of those.

After cooling off in the last month of Lipscomb’s spring season, Gigliotti’s bat has come back to form as he ranks fifth in the CCBL with a .325 batting average and eighth with 36 hits.

The rising junior ranks third in league with eight doubles, while his .397 on-base percentage is fifth best.

He has picked up multiple hits in nine contests and posted perhaps his best game of the summer on July 13 against the Wareham Gateman where he went 4-for-5 with two doubles and three runs scored while raising his on-base percentage over the .400-mark for the first time this season.

Passantino began his Falmouth career with a two-week temporary contract, but quickly proved his worth. In his season debut the right-hander allowed two earned runs in 6.1 innings of work in a 5-4 win over Wareham. Since then he has gone 25.2 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run and will enter his next start with a 16.2 inning scoreless streak.

The Fort Myers, Florida native has tossed 32.0 complete innings over five starts where he has allowed just 14 hits with 29 punch outs and three walks.

He is 2-0 and commands a league-leading 0.56 ERA and .128 batting average against. He carries a 0.53 WHIP and has only given up one extra-base hit.

Passantino’s two wins came in back-to-back outings against Cotuit where he tossed 13.0 innings with four hits, one unearned run, 14 strikeouts and one walk.

Puckett has been equally as impressive as Passantino.

 In his team-high six starts on the mound, Puckett has posted a 4-0 record to lead the league in wins. The 6-foot-8 righty boasts the fourth best ERA in the Cape at 1.09. In 33.0 innings he has surrendered just four earned runs on 21 hits while striking out 17 and walking eight.

He sports a 0.88 WHIP and is limiting opponents to a .176 batting average.

Like Passantino, he also carries a lengthy scoreless streak. Following his six shutout frames Sunday night at Cotuit, Puckett has now thrown 14.1 innings without allowing a run. In his last 31.1 innings, the rising junior has only given up one earned run.

Carrying over from the spring season that saw Lipscomb get wins in his final eight contests of the season, Puckett has now helped guide the Bisons and the Commodores to a combined 14-0 record in games that he starts. Falmouth is 6-0 this summer when the lanky right-hander takes the mound.  

The trio has positioned Falmouth atop the West Division standings with a 20-12 record through Tuesday's action. They are seven points ahead of the next team. That record is also tied with Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox for the best mark in the Cape.


Solomon Continues Lipscomb’s All-Star Selections

Lee Solomon was one of three Southern Ohio Copperheads named a Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League All-Star over the weekend. The soon-to-be junior has continued to rake this summer and holds the second highest batting average in the GLSCL at .376.

Solomon has hit safely in 19 of his 25 games this summer while collecting multiple hits in 11. The second baseman is 35-of-93 at the dish with 20 runs scored, nine doubles, two home runs, 21 RBI, 11 walks and 14 stolen bases.

His South team fell 1-0 to the North Tuesday night at Prasco Park in Mason, Ohio. Solomon entered as a reserve and finished the night 0-for-2 with a strikeout.

The four all-star honors bring the summer total to six for Lipscomb players after both John Pryor and Cade Sorrells competed in their respective games last week. Pryor earned the starting pitcher nod for his team while Sorrells shined and brought home MVP honors.

Check back later for future summer updates on all Bisons in wooden bat leagues around the country.