McCanna Is Masterful, Falmouth Commodores Earn First Win

Leon Byrd Jr. of Rice University goes deep into the hole to steal a hit away from a Brewster batter in the season opener for the Falmouth Commodores on June 11.RICH MACLONE/ENTERPRISE - Leon Byrd Jr. of Rice University goes deep into the hole to steal a hit away from a Brewster batter in the season opener for the Falmouth Commodores on June 11.

Right-hander Kevin McCanna returned for year two with the Falmouth Commodores and showed ace-like stuff on June 12. The pitcher, 2-2 last year for the Commodores, had an auspicious 2014 debut against the Y-D Red Sox as visiting Falmouth picked up its first win of the year, 3-0.

McCanna went six strong innings, allowing one hit with no walks and four strikeouts to pick up his first win of the year. Three Falmouth relievers combined to allow just one more hit the rest of the way.

The offense picked up single runs in the first, fourth and eighth innings. Austin Afenir (Oral Roberts) went three for four with an RBI and two runs scored. Last year’s batting champ, Kevin Newman (Arizona) remained hot, going two for four.

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Opening day on Wednesday, June 11, started out well, but didn’t end that way for the Commodores at Stony Brook Field in Brewster. The Commodores began their year with an early three-run lead, but the club couldn’t make it hold up as the home team rallied to win, 7-3.

Brewster did the bulk of its damage in the bottom of the sixth inning as it broke up a tie ballgame by posting four runs. Travis Maezes (Michigan) started the rally for the Whitecaps with a single, one of his four hits on the day.

Dalton DiNatale (Arizona State) followed with a hit, then Jackson Glines (Michigan) made it three one-out hits in a row for the home team off Brad Labozzetta (Florida Gulf Coast), breaking the tie. Andrew Lee (Tennessee) then walked to load the bases, forcing Falmouth to make a pitching change.

Matt Eckelman (Saint Louis) came on in hopes of stopping the bleeding. He put a bit of a bandage on the wound by striking out the first man he faced, Danny De La Calle (Florida State), but then John Sansone (Florida State) smashed a triple to the right-center field gap to clear the bases and put the Caps on top by four runs.

Falmouth threatened in the seventh but came up empty. Matt Eureste (San Jacinto) led off the inning with a walk, then Leon Byrd Jr. (Rice) was hit by a pitch in front of defending league batting champion Kevin Newman (Arizona), who singled to left. Eureste tried to score from second on the sharply struck ball and was gunned down at the plate for the first out of the inning. Brewster then got a strikeout and come-backer to the hill to get out of the seventh unscathed. Falmouth did not have another hit.

Newman, who batted .375 last year, paced Falmouth with two hits. Five Commodores each had one hit in the game.

Starting pitcher Matt Hall (Missouri State) worked four innings, allowing three runs (one earned). Hall struck out five and walked just one.

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