With the World Series trophy in attendance, the Falmouth Commodores made sure not to disappoint the very-important guest in a home game against West Division rival Cotuit on Wednesday, July 3.
The Commodores scored three runs in the fourth and added runs in the sixth and seventh inning to win their second-straight game, 6-1.
Although the lineup produced, the game belonged to Falmouth’s pitching staff, which overcame a lead-off home run in the top of the second from Joey Loperfido (Duke) to blank Cotuit the rest of the way. Nick Nastrini (UCLA) picked up the win after five strong innings where he allowed one earned run on three hits and walking one. Sam Weatherly (Clemson) and Bryce Miller (Texas A&M) then combined to hold the Kettleers to just one hit over the final four innings.
Austin Masel (Holy Cross), Blake Dunn (Western Michigan) and Troy Claunch (Oregon State) all had two hits for Falmouth.
Making his first Cape League start, Kole Ramage (Arkansas) pitched well in three innings of work. He allowed one earned run on four hits while striking out two.
Falmouth 12, Brewster 7
The Falmouth bats came to life as the Commodores churned out 19 hits to beat Brewster, 12-7.
Hosting the Whitecaps at Guv Fuller Field on Tuesday, July 2, Falmouth’s offensive explosion was highlight by its six-run fifth inning.
Taylor Smith (Grayson County College) smashed a one-out grand slam on a 3-2 pitch that highlighted an inning in which the Commodores sent 12 batters to plate, seven of which recorded hits. Hayden Cantrelle (Louisiana Lafayette) and Tyler Ras (Alabama) not only batted twice that inning, but also produced RBI singles.
The big inning gave the home team a 9-3 advantage against Brewster.
Cantrelle scored an inning earlier on an RBI ground out from Dunn before Trei Cruz (Rice) and Steven Moretto (Cal State Sacramento) recorded RBI singles that gave Falmouth a 6-3 lead. Jackson Coutts’ (Rhode Island) two-RBI double tied the game in the bottom of the third, 3-3, after the Whitecaps scored three runs in the top of the first.
Aidan Maldonado (Illinois) earned the win, pitching 1.2 innings of two-hit baseball while fanning three.
Things got dicey in the top of the eighth as Falmouth turned to Austin Langworthy (Florida), typically an outfielder, to take the mound. He last two-thirds of an inning, allowing four earned runs on four hits and a walk to help give the game its final score of 12-7.
Orleans 3, Falmouth 1
Two days after getting out in front early against Bourne, the Falmouth Commodores struggled to score runs when hosting Orleans at Guv Fuller Field on Monday, July 1.
The Commodores didn’t scratch a run across until the bottom of the ninth inning, and the game ended with the tying run at the plate and a runner on third as Orleans hung on for a 3-1 win.
Zach DeLoach (Texas A&M) had a lead-off single in the bottom of the ninth followed by a ground rule double from Langworthy, pushing DeLoach to third. Baron Radcliff produced an RBI sacrifice fly to score DeLoach, but Kevin Kendall (UCLA) grounded out to first base to end the rally and the game.
The two teams traded scoreless frames through the first five innings as Falmouth starter Carmen Mlodzinkski (South Carolina) pitched five no-hit innings, where he struck out seven and walked just one. Noah Skirrow (Liberty) was equally as unhittable for Orleans, going five innings and scattering two hits while striking out nine and walking three. Skirrow earned the win in his third start, lowering his ERA to 0.75 in process.
The Firebirds got to Justin Wrobleski (Clemson) in top of the sixth, as the rising junior left-handed uncorked a wild pitch to score the first run of the game. He gave way to Logan Hofmann (Northwestern State) shortly thereafter, but he also uncorked a wild pitch that plated a run before hitting Raymond Gil (Miami) with the bases loaded to allow the visitors to gain a 3-0 advantage.
Zach Britton (Louisville), Max Troiani (Bentley) and David Avitia (Grand Canyon) all had hits for Falmouth, which left eight men on base. Caleb Webster (UConn) and Bryce Miller (Texas A&M) pitched three scoreless innings of relief, combining to allow two hits while issuing no walks.
Falmouth 3, Bourne 0
The visiting Commodores plated two runs in the top of the first and added an insurance run in the third to blank Bourne, 3-0, at Doran Park on Saturday, June 29.
Falmouth trotted out three pitchers to combine for the shutout where no walks were issued. Franco Aleman (Florida International) got the start, throwing six shutout innings, scattering six hits and striking out four in the win. Left-handed reliever Robert Ahlstron (Oregon) pitched two one-hit innings before giving way to Zach Brzykcy (Virginia Tech) to shut the door in the ninth.
Bourne also got some strong pitching after Sean Harney (UMass-Amherst) allowed three runs in the first three innings. Kerry Wright (Louisville), Nick Trogrlic-Iverson (Gonzaga) and JP Woodward (Lafayette College) combined to pitch six scoreless innings to stop the bleeding for a late offensive surge from the Braves’ offense.
But it never came. Although Bourne out-hit Falmouth, 7-6, the home team hit into two inning-ending double plays in the fourth and sixth innings, respectively, to wipe out any chance of a comeback victory.
The Commodores got its lineup cooking in the top of the first, setting six batters to the plate. The first three runners reached base before Bourne got a twin-killing of its own—one of the team’s three double plays in the game—but a run scored on the play. One batter later, Deloach singled in Dunn to take a 2-0 lead.
Two innings later, in the top of the third, Tim Tawa (Stanford) hit a ball to centerfield that scored Dunn, who reached with a ground rule double to lead off the frame. That would be all the runs the Falmouth pitching staff would need as the Commodores ended the game by sending down seven straight Braves.
Dunn went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk for Falmouth while Glowenke lifted his average to .306 with a 3-for-4 evening at the plate.
Falmouth (7-7-1, 15 points) welcomes Chatham for a twin-billing at Guv Fuller Field todayFriday, July 5. First pitch is at 3 PM. The Commodores return home on Sunday, July 7 to meet Harwich at 6 PM.