Even though it seemed like everything was working against the Falmouth Babe Ruth team as it headed to play the championship against New Bedford, the boys from the Cape found a way to capture the Gateway League title on Monday, June 24.
With weather moving the game back, New Bedford was able to set up its pitching for the last game and the supposed “neutral field” contest was held in New Bedford by the league.
None of that mattered, though. Falmouth, sponsored by Fraser Landscape, rallied to post a 7-6 win and take its first-ever spring Gateway League championship against one of the best teams in southeastern New England.
Falmouth had posted the top offense in the league all season long, and the club was able to pull it out by outscoring the competition. The win put Falmouth on top of a league that boasted 28 teams in all.
“I am so proud of my team,” coach Curtis Frye said. “They played through pain, exhaustion, made the necessary sacrifices and truly left it all on the field. They learned valuable lessons that will carry with them throughout life.”
Along with Frye, the team was coached by Gary Bostwick, Jonathan Lopes and Matt Gaboury. Jennifer Giabbai was the team mom. The roster consisted of: Nate Gaboury, Timmy Luna, Jared Lopes, Nolan Frye, Aidan LeBlanc, Aidan Perry, Nick DelSignore, Jonathan Moitoza, Mitch Comstock, Eric Zylinski, Evan Bostwick, Adam Bailey, Andrew Debettencourt and Colin Delaney.
“Falmouth has great ballplayers,” Frye said. “This is the second championship we have had in the last two seasons Falmouth has played. We won the Fall Ball Baseball Championship last fall over Fall River. I had a majority of different boys for that team, and it was a blast. We have a huge group of players aging out of FYB next year and we are hoping to keep growing the Babe Ruth league... with a new field to play on shortly off of Sandwich Road, we are looking forward to more great baseball for seasons to come.”