Johnsen Eyes His Target

Lucas Johnsen pitched a complete game in Falmouth’s season-finale victory over New Bedford High School.

The last game that brothers Noah and Lucas Johnsen will ever play together as teammates was probably a lot like the games that they’ve played together over the years with their buddies in the back yard. Noah, a senior, had a huge game for the Clippers, while Lucas, a junior, more than kept up with his big brother.

The siblings were the stars of the day for Falmouth High as the Clippers closed out a topsy-turvy season by beating up on New Bedford for the second time in a week. FHS used an eight-run fifth inning to blow open the game as they rolled to a 14-1 win over the Whalers. Every player on the Falmouth roster got into the game, as FHS finished the regular season at 9-11. They will not appear in the state playoffs.

Noah Johnsen closed out his high school career with maybe the best game he’s played in a FHS uniform. The senior shortstop was 4-for-4 at the plate, drove in a run, had a walk and scored five runs. He singled in the first, fourth and fifth innings, doubled in the sixth and walked in the second.

Younger brother Lucas picked up the victory on the mound for FHS. The quick-working right-hander went the distance and allowed just one run, in the first inning. New Bedford managed four hits and a walk against him. Johnsen struck out one and induced 13 ground ball outs in the game.

NB scored in the first inning, and then never came close again. Falmouth tied it in the bottom of the first as Sam Greisbauer lined a single to left to bring in Noah Johnsen. FHS took the lead in the second on a two-out, two-run double from Chris Perito that brought in Kevin Duarte and Noah Johnsen. A Max Roman sac fly scored Colby Davis, to make it 4-1 in the third. Shawn Jablecki drove in Noah Johnsen in the fourth, and then the offense blew up for eight in the fifth.

The contest was the last in a FHS uniform for several Clippers. Noah Johnsen, Perito, Jablecki, Davis, Collin Mastriano, Nick Cavossa, Anthony Karson, Duarte and Roman all played their final games.

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