It’s safe to say the Falmouth Commodores and Cotuit Kettleers are sick of squaring off against one another.
The two teams played three games in less than 48 hours, including a twin-bill on Wednesday, July 31, the first of which was played at Guv Fuller Field and the latter was hosted at Cotuit’s Lowell Park.
Falmouth took the first showing, 7-2. But after the Kettleers’ two straight losses to the West Division champion, Cotuit responded with a 14-hit, 13-run shellacking to the tune of a 13-2 win in the twilight game of the double header.
In the first game Falmouth scored runs in the first four innings of the game, including three in the bottom of the fourth, while Cotuit produced just two runs in the second inning.
After Cameron Hill (Kentucky) and Adam Oviedo (TCU) scored two unearned runs in the second to take a 2-1 lead, Baron Radcliff (Georgia Tech) then blasted a two-run shot an inning later in the bottom of the third to take a 4-2 lead. Falmouth padded its lead in the fourth when Austin Masel (Holy Cross) launched a two-run shot of his own before Trei Cruz (Rice) produced a sacrifice fly to give the game its final score.
Commodores lefty Justin Wrobleski (Clemson) earned his second straight win after going five innings on the mound and allowing two unearned runs on two hits while recording five strikeouts. Cotuit native Cody Pasic (Maine) took the loss for the Kettleers after allowing five earned runs in his two innings of work.
While Cotuit was held to just five hits in the first game, it was completely different story when the two teams met back at Lowell Park for the second game. The Kettleers scored multiple runs in four of the seven innings, including a six-run seventh inning to salvage the doubleheader with a split.
Matthew Mervis (Duke) had himself a day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with six RBI and three runs scored. Mervis blasted two home runs and added a single. Oviedo also showed his power at dish, lifting two doubles and driving in three runs. Parker Chavers (Coastal Carolina) joined Mervis with a three-hit day of his own.
Jackson Coutts (Rhode Island) and Radcliff each had multiple hits and a run batted in for the Commodores in the middle of the lineup. Hill earned the win for Cotuit, pitching the final four innings and scattering five hits while allowing one earned run and striking out two. Chris Gonzalez (Stetson) took the loss for Falmouth after allowing three earned runs on six hits and a walk. He did not strike anyone out.
Falmouth 6, Cotuit 4
The Commodores plated two runs in the top of the seventh to break a 4-4 tie against Cotuit to steal a win before the game ended in the eighth inning at Lowell Park due to darkness.
Falmouth sent six batters to the plate in the top of the seventh inning, but it was the back-to-back runs batted in by Coutts and Radcliff that were the difference makers in this West Division game.
Coutts lifted the first pitch he saw deep into left field to score Blake Dunn (Western Michigan) that put the Commodores up a run, 5-4. Radcliff took a first-pitch strike in the following at-bat before sending a missile to right-center field, scoring Trei Cruz (Rice), who reached base via a walk. That gave the visitors a two-run cushion late in the game.
Falmouth catcher Matheu Nelson (Florida State) lifted a two-run shot over the Lowell Park fence with two outs in the fourth inning, tying the game at three apiece.
After Franco Aleman (Florida International) lasted three innings and allowed three earned runs, including a two-run homer to Mervis in the bottom of the first inning, Aidan Maldonado (Illinois) helped stem the tide. The righty pitched two innings and gave up one unearned run on three hits while striking out three. Maldonado earned the win before giving way to Tyler Ras (Alabama), who earned a two-inning save after recording six-straight outs, three of which were by way of the K.
Falmouth (27-13-2, 56 points) not only wrapped up the West Division crown, but also secured the best record in the CCBL. The Commodores look to carry that momentum over to the postseason today Friday, August 2, when they host fourth-seeded Bourne at Guv Fuller Field.