If it were allowed, the Mashpee High School baseball team might look into scheduling Upper Cape Tech a whole lot more. On Friday the Falcons wrapped up their season series with the UCT Rams at Doran Park in Bourne and finished off a sweep of their Cape rivals, scoring an 8-4 win at the summer home of the Cape Cod Baseball League’s Bourne Braves.
The win was Mashpee’s second of the year, both of which have come at the expense of the Rams. MHS is now 2-6 overall for the season. The team was scheduled to face Bristol-Plymouth on Wednesday afternoon, but the game was postponed to a yet-to-be-determined date due to the severe thunderstorms that came through the area early in the day.
Freshman Eddie Childs earned the win for the Falcons on the hill in his first start in a varsity uniform. It marked just the second time that the rookie had taken the hill for the Falcons this year. The youngster made it a memorable initial start as he lasted six full innings, allowing just three earned runs. He scattered seven hits during his stint, struck out three and hit one batter. Perhaps the statistic that head coach Dan Patenaude appreciated most was bases on balls allowed, which was zero for the day.
“He did a nice job. He’s a young kid, he’s got a fastball and curveball, and he threw them for strikes, and we made the plays behind him,” coach Patenaude said.
Zero was also the number of errors that the Falcons made in the game. Mistakes in the field have cropped up regularly for the Falcons throughout the course of their difficult year so far, but with no mistakes behind Childs, things went rather smoothly for the Falcons.
The same could not be said for the Rams. Mashpee was the beneficiary of a number of fielding errors by the home team, which helped them overcome an off day at the dish. Mashpee managed just five base hits in the game, and none from the bottom of the order, but they still managed to push across eight runs.
An error by Upper Cape Tech opened the door for Mashpee’s first run of the game, in the top of the second inning. Kris Carpenter reached on an error by the UCT shortstop and would come around to score when another error was committed by UCT. Shay Souza lifted a fly ball to center that was mishandled by the Rams, which brought Carpenter around to the plate.
Upper Cape came back to tie the game at 1-1 in the bottom half of the inning. Anthony Delmonico singled and came around to score on an RBI single by Josh Kelly.
Some two-out magic helped the Falcons grab the lead for good in the third inning. After the first two batters of the inning were set down by starter Matt Trapeano, Jon Giatrellis singled and stole second base. He came around to score the go-ahead run on Nick Carpenter’s single up the middle, one of two hits in the game by the freshman.
Another error by UCT then further aided the Mashpee cause. Kris Carpenter’s grounder to short was bungled, allowing Nick Carpenter, who had stolen second, to come in with the third run of the night for Mashpee.
Mashpee opened up some breathing room in the fifth, scoring five times to make it an 8-1 game, and again were the beneficiaries of some poor infield defense by the host team. Ari Purdy started the uprising with a single, and then with one down Nick Carpenter drove him home with an RBI single. With two away, another error by the Rams’ shortstop brought Kris Carpenter around, off a ball hit by Souza. Riley LaCroix then hit one to short, and again it resulted in an error by the Rams and a run for Mashpee. Danny Crowley then topped off the rally by singling in the fifth Mashpee run of the frame.
Childs was touched up for a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning. The starter hit the first batter of the inning, but then got a double play ball that emptied the bases and made it look like the Falcons would have a clean inning. UCT’s Jason Comoletti reset the offense by doubling to the gap for the Rams and then Cooper Thornell drove him home with a single. Austin Smolinsky followed with an RBI double that made it 8-3, but Childs escaped further damage by stranding runners at second and third with a pop-up to Giatrellis at third. Childs did not allow anything in the sixth and left after that inning. UCT got one more against the Mashpee bullpen in the seventh.
The Falcons are set to travel to play against Nantucket today. The Whalers have been running hot lately, with a 16-4 win over Monomoy earlier this week. They also beat the Falcons earlier this season, winning a lopsided game at MHS.