None of the teams in the Cape Cod Baseball League were likely to go undefeated over their 44-game season, but the only one that still has the chance is the Falmouth Commodores. Falmouth won its second game to start the year with a 1-0 victory in Chatham on Wednesday night, June 12. The Commodores remained the only undefeated team in the league after their win, with all nine of the other clubs having suffered at least one loss.
It took all nine innings to produce a run in the game. Each team was held to just five hits over the course of the contest and the visitors plated the only run in the ninth on a Steve Moretto (Cal State-Sacramento) sacrifice fly to center field. Moretto’s fly ball brought in Austin Langworthy (Florida), who singled, took second on a wild pitch and got to third on a passed ball on the pitch prior to Moretto’s lifting the ball to the outfield deep enough for him to score.
Four pitchers combined on the shutout for the Commodores. Franco Aleman (Florida International) got the start and went five, allowing one hit and one walk with two strikeouts. College teammate Steve Casey (FIU) gave up a pair of hits and a walk, but no runs over two innings. Tyler Ras (Alabama) picked up the victory, working the eighth. He gave up a hit and struck out two. Zach Brzykcy (Virginia Tech) got the save. He gave up a hit, but got out of the ninth unscathed.
Maddux Houghton (Lipscomb) and Langworthy combined for four of the five Falmouth hits. Each had two in the game. It was the second game in a row to start the year for Houghton in which he had two knocks.
Opening Night Win
It usually takes a while for the batters in the Cape Cod Baseball League to get comfortable. On Opening Night for the Falmouth Commodores it didn’t take all that long, though.
Falmouth pounded out 10 base hits in its first game of the year and used back-to-back rallies to power past visiting Harwich, 7-2.
Three different players for Falmouth posted two-hit games to help the squad to a four-run sixth inning and then a three-run seventh. Blake Dunn (Western Michigan), Maddux Houghton (Lipscomb) and Ben Casparius (North Carolina) all connected twice in the game to lead the hit parade.
Falmouth trailed, 1-0, after five, but the bats came alive in the sixth as the team sent eight men to the plate. Casparius singled through the middle to plate Houghton, who led the inning off with an infield single, tying the game at 1-1. Later in the inning, with the bases full and one out, Dunn singled to score two runs and make it 3-1. Michael Turner (Kent State) then produced the fourth run of the inning on a fielder’s choice.
The seventh inning was rife with highlights as well. Houghton opened up the defensive part of the inning with a superb sliding catch, in foul territory, across the pitcher’s mound in the bullpen. In the bottom of the inning he helped the team start its second surge of the night when he was hit by a pitch with one out. After Houghton stole second, pinch hitter Austin Masel singled to put runners on the corners for Casparius. After Masel stole second, Casparius clocked a two-run single that gave the Commodores plenty of breathing room with a 6-1 lead.
Then go-go Dores stole another base, as Casparius swiped second to get into scoring position for returning Falmouth player Hayden Cantrelle (Louisiana-Lafayette). Cantrelle upped the lead to 7-1 with a sac fly to right field.
Tommy Sheehan (Notre Dame) made the start for Falmouth, but did not factor in the decision. He pitched four shutout innings, allowing three hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Logan Hoffan (Northwestern State) went the next three innings and picked up the win. He allowed one earned run, with one walk and six strikeouts. Hayden Rosenkrantz (Washington State) finished things up. He allowed one hit and an unearned run over two innings of work.
The Commodores were rained out on Thursday night, June 13, but are back at the Arnie Allen Diamond against Hyannis today on Friday night, June 14, for a 6 PM start. They’re back at home the next day for a 6 PM tilt against Bourne. Sunday they’ll play a doubleheader at Harwich, with the first game slated for a 3 PM start, and the second at 5:30 PM. The team returns to Falmouth on Tuesday, June 18, for a game against Orleans at 6 PM.