Summer Baseball: Bulldogs Win Titles

ATHENS - When it comes to pitching in big games, University of Georgia right-hander Trevor Holder delivers.

Holder's latest performance earned him Playoff Most Valuable Player honors as the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox captured the Cape Cod Summer League title Tuesday in front of 3,967 fans at Guv Fuller Field in Falmouth, Mass.

Holder allowed one hit in eight innings and struck out 10 as the Red Sox blanked the Falmouth Commodores 2-0 to sweep the series. They earned their third title in four years. During the regular season, Holder gave up just three runs in 30 innings, going 4-1 with a 0.89 ERA.

The Commodores' lone hit and base runner through the first six frames came in the third on an opposite field single by Andrew Giobbi. With two outs in the seventh and the game still scoreless, Holder issued a pair of walks. Then, he struck out Jeremy Farrell (son of Boston Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell) to end the threat. Holder's teammates, which include Georgia shortstop Gordon Beckham, provided a run in the eighth and one more in the ninth for the victory. During the regular season, Beckham led the Cape Cod League with nine home runs and 35 RBI.

After the game, Holder and his father Allen along with Beckham began the 19-hour drive back to Athens. Beckham joked with reporters that as MVP, Holder would get the night off from driving. Classes begin at UGA on Thursday.

In his Bulldog career, Holder notched wins in the 2006 NCAA Athens Regional final and Super Regional final to help Georgia advance to the College World Series. Holder and Beckham are rising juniors.

Meanwhile this past weekend in Florence, S.C., Bulldog first baseman Rich Poythress and outfielder Adam Fuller led the Thomasville (N.C.) HiToms to the 2007 Coastal Plain League title. It was the second straight for the HiToms who had a record-breaking season.

Poythress led the CPL in several categories including RBIs (49), total bases (114), walks (42), and slugging percentage (.616). Poythress also finished second in the league in home runs (13), runs scored (48), and on base percentage (.450). He ended with a .324 average. His 49 RBIs is a new HiToms team-record. In the playoffs, Poythress went 8-for-21 with three doubles, one home run and five RBI.

Fuller, who spent his freshman year at Andrew College, had one of the biggest hits of the season in Game 1 of the playoffs. Entering the game earlier as a pinch-runner, Fuller ripped a single to center that scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning. He went 2-for-5 in the tournament with two runs scored and two RBIs. During the regular season, Fuller hit .216 in 38 games with three home runs and 15 RBIs. He also scored 16 runs and stole 10 of 12 bases.

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