July 23, 2004
Orleans, MA –
Current Seminoles Shane Robinson and Mark Sauls, who both play for the first place Hyannis Mets, were selected to participate in this Saturday’s Cape League All-Star Game. Robinson will start in right field while Sauls was named a reserve pitcher for the West Division All-Stars. The game will take place at Eldredge Park in Orleans, MA and is slated for a 6:05 p.m. start.
“To be honest, I am not surprised that either one of those young men made the all-star team,” said Florida State head coach Mike Martin. “Both of them went into summer ball on an extremely high note. I am very proud of their accomplishments.”
Robinson and Sauls have lifted Hyannis to a 16-12 record and into first place in the Cape Cod League West Division. The Mets are just a half a game behind the top team in the entire Cape Cod League in the Eastern Division leading Brewster Whitecaps. Robinson has started 18 games for Hyannis and is hitting .292 with a .417 slugging percentage. He is fourth on the squad with 10 RBI, is second on the team with six steals and is third in total bases with 30.
“It took me a while to adjust to the wood bats especially when you consider the pitchers in the Cape League are the best college pitchers in the nation,” said Robinson. “After a couple of weeks I was able to adjust, I got into the groove and my average started to come up. I was fortunate enough to get picked to the all-star team and considering I am only a sophomore this is a great honor for me since many of the players here are juniors.”
Sauls has been the ace of the Hyannis staff. He leads the team in wins and winning percentage. No Met starter has allowed fewer runs or held opposing hitters to a lower batting average than Sauls. He is currently 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA. He has struck out 25 batters and issued just seven walks while holding the opposition to a .156 batting average.
“Shane (Robinson) is an all-around player,” said Hyannis Mets General Manager John Howitt. “He is a solid hitter who has adjusted well to the wooden bats and shown surprising power, while Mark (Sauls) has been the ace of our staff. This is the second year he has been with us and our team is 4-0 in games he has started. These two Seminoles share a lot of the responsibility for the Hyannis Mets being in first place in the west division.”
Sauls finished the 2004 campaign at 6-4 and pitched 91.1 innings for the Tribe last season, the third highest on the team. He was fourth on the squad in wins and winning percentage, Sauls had the second-most starts and was fifth in strikeouts. Robinson hit .280 for FSU in 2004 and started every game in center field. He led the team with 19 stolen bases, was second on the team in doubles, fourth in runs scored, fifth in hits and his 312 plate appearances were second only to Eddy Martinez-Esteve.
“A lot of times guys go into the summer after a tough season and they go through the motions in the summer,” said Martin. “These two young men proved what kind of Seminoles they are by dedicating themselves to getting better. I am very happy that both of them are having success.”
Heading into the 2005 season, Sauls will be the Seminoles’ top returning starter when it comes to winning percentage and innings pitched. He has the third highest winning percentage overall among FSU returners and no returning hurler started more games than Sauls. Robinson joins catcher Aaron Cheesman as the only two returning Seminoles that played all 68 games at the same position in 2004.
“Both of these players are setting standards for future players to follow,” said Martin. “The understand the importance of effort and dedication in summer baseball. Summer baseball is so important to the development of our players and to see these young men go out and work as hard as they did and achieve all-star recognition makes us all extremely proud. I am just sorry I can’t be there to watch them play.”
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