Aug. 23, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- After a season noted for a spike in offensive production in summer baseball leagues around the country, Marshall right-handed pitcher Aaron Blair was named a Perfect Game Summer Collegiate All-American earlier this week.
Blair, a rising junior with the Thundering Herd, went 6-0 with a league-leading 1.17 earned run average in his first season with the Cape Cod League. The Las Vegas, Nev. native collected six winning decisions in six starts (eight appearances) during the regular season before adding two more wins in postseason action. Blair also lowered his earned run average during the playoffs, giving up only one earned run over 12.0 innings (0.75 ERA).
In Cape Cod’s championship series, Blair tossed seven innings of shutout ball en route to his second postseason victory. Facing elimination in game two, Blair limited the Wareham Gatemen to two hits while striking out 10.
Although Yarmouth-Dennis fell in extra innings of game three to lose the series, Blair worked his magic all summer long, striking out 60 batters in a total of 50.1 innings pitched. Blair allowed only 32 hits, walked 21, and gave up six earned runs between the regular season and postseason (1.07 ERA).
The nation’s premier summer league’s increase in offense was attributed mostly to an increase in home runs. Led by the Harwich Mariners who broke the Cape’s single season home run record with 64 (previously 59), seven of the eight teams saw a dramatic increase in home run production.
The only home run Blair allowed all summer came during the postseason.