The push for a state tournament spot is a push in the right direction for the Falmouth High School baseball team as the Clippers won their second game in as many days on Wednesday, May 26. The Clippers pounded out nine hits and were led by the heart of their order in an 11-5 win over Martha’s Vineyard.
Senior catcher Sam Cavossa went three for four with three runs batted in to lead the way for Falmouth. Senior designated hitter Sam Griesbauer also drove home three and Max McDonald had two hits and two runs batted in.
Jared Burridge-Lopes started the game and went the first four innings for FHS on the mound. He struck out five, walked six and allowed just one earned run, two overall. Andrew DeBettencourt finished things off on the hill for the Clippers, working the last three.
FHS has now won three games in a row after a 1-2 start to the season. The team has four regular season games remaining, beginning with a trip to take on rival Barnstable on the road Friday, May 28, at 4 PM.
Falmouth 7, Mashpee 6
A game that started out with an offensive carousel settled into a tight pitchers’ duel after three crazy frames. Neighboring rivals Falmouth and Mashpee each scored six times over the first three innings, and it appeared like the squads’ pitching staffs would get taxed and worn out. However, MHS starter Jagger Bryant and Falmouth reliever Kyle Souza found their rhythms and began to trade zeroes back and forth, making every at-bat more and more relevant as the game progressed.
The key inning of the game was the bottom of the sixth. With Bryant nearing his maximum of 120 pitches for the day, Falmouth got a rally started as DeBettencourt singled sharply to start the frame off. Nico Gagnon followed, and after being robbed twice earlier in the game, he caught the break he was looking for with a sharp double down the left field line that just evaded the Falcons’ Jared Barr. Mashpee then walked Cavossa to load the bases.
With the sacks full and no one out, cleanup hitter Griesbauer stepped to the plate with a chance to put his team ahead. The senior came through by hitting a high lazy fly to center field. Willie Baker made the catch, but the all-star outfielder could not gun down DeBettencourt at the plate and the Clippers slid in with the go-ahead run.
McDonald was next, and he worked a walk to reload the bases. Bryant buckled down and was able to get Timmy Lang to pop out, but the final pitch to Lang was the final pitch of the day for the senior all-star. Robert Sanborn came on to twirl for the Falcons from that point and the lefty was able to get Souza to pop out to end the threat, limiting the damage to one run.
But that one run was huge. Souza, who entered the game in the third inning, was firing on all cylinders. The junior was able to work around a one-out single by Sean Fancher by getting Bryant to pop out to Cavossa, who made a great running catch, and then retired the Falcons’ most dangerous hitter, Baker, by getting him to foul out to third to end the game.
“That’s the first time Souza has pitched this year, and he did a great job,” Falmouth coach Josh Oliver said. “He came in and settled things down.”
Early on the game was back-and-forth, with each team pounding the baseball at Fuller Field. Mashpee opened the first by scoring three times. With the bases loaded and two outs, Barr smoked a wall ball double to left to clear the sacks and give his team a 3-0 lead.
Falmouth came back to get two in the bottom of the frame. Cavossa tripled to deep center to plate Gagnon and then McDonald scorched one through the infield to make it 3-2. Souza followed with a two-run single to put Falmouth ahead, 4-3.
In the second inning the Falcons tied the score on an RBI single from Colton Colleran. Sanborn, who had singled earlier in the inning, later scored on the back end of a double steal to put his team up 5-4.
Cavossa reclaimed the lead for FHS in the bottom of the inning. His two-run single, just over the head of the leaping Colleran, made it a 6-5 FHS lead. In the top of the third the Falcons tied it as Barr drove home his fourth run of the game with a sacrifice fly, but the inning was ended on a double play later to keep the damage to one run.
From that point forward the pitching improved and took over the game. That set the stage for the exciting finish.