There will be no magical runs in the state tournament for the Falmouth High School baseball team this year. The Clippers’ hopes of playing postseason baseball were ended in the second round of the Cape Cod Showdown in Eastham by Nauset High yesterday, as the Clippers were upended 5-2 by the Warriors.
The loss dropped Falmouth to 8-11 for the season with one game left. In order to qualify for the tournament the team would have needed a .500 record or better.
FHS was able to put runners on base all game long but couldn’t get the big hit it needed. The team stranded eight runners, including two in the top of the seventh.
With a run in the second and another in the third the Clippers were up by a 2-1 score, but Nauset plated three in the third to take the lead for good. Three straight walks preceded an RBI groundout that tied it. Atwo-run double to left that gave the home team the lead.
Nauset tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth.
Down to its last three outs, FHS got the leadoff man on in the seventh, but he was caught stealing. Chris Perito followed with a walk and Noah Johnsen singled to keep hope alive, with the potential game-tying run in the batter’s box. The next two men went down, though, with a flyout and a K to end it.
A game after one of their pitchers tossed a no-hitter, Falmouth was nearly on the receiving end of a no-no in the first round of the annual Cape Cod Showdown at Sandwich High.
Sandwich’s Dillon Ryan carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before the Clippers were able to end both that and the shutout bid in the final frame. There was little solace in that, though, as the Clippers were put onto the edge of not qualifying for the MIAA tournament. The loss was the team’s 10th of the year, leaving it needing two wins in its last two games to get into the postseason.
Senior Colby Davis ended the no-hit bid with a single to center field in the Clippers’ final at-bat. Shawn Jablecki, who had reached on an error earlier in the inning, came around to score on a sac fly from Anthony Karson to make it 6-1. Ryan then finished off a dominant performance in which he allowed one hit with one walk and nine strikeouts by striking out the last batter of the game.
Sandwich got off to a solid start, scoring a run off of Max Roman in the first, and then got two in the second. Roman kept the Clippers in the game into the latter frames, but SHS put it away with one more in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Sophomore Sam Griesbauer had flirted with no-hitters in the past. Last year, against Martha’s Vineyard, he took one into the sixth inning. Earlier this year, again against MV, he tossed a two-hitter.
On Friday, May 17, the hard-throwing right-hander was able to finish the feat. Griesbauer struck out seven and did not give up a single hit in an 11-0 victory by the Clippers over New Bedford High School on the road.
The game was called after five innings due to inclement weather. The Whalers were probably fine with that because they could not solve the fastballs that were whistling past them out of the FHS sophomore’s hand. Griesbauer caught the first batter of the game looking and retired the first five in a row before a walk. He would issue one walk in each inning after the first, but worked ahead of the batters most of the game and struck out at least one batter in each frame.
The win was a pivotal one for FHS as the team improved to 8-9 overall. The team entered its final three games of the season needing two more wins to get into the state tournament. The victory was the third in a row for FHS.
The Falmouth offense gave Griesbauer plenty of breathing room from the get-go. In the top of the first inning the Clippers sent 10 men to the plate and scored six runs. They then added five more in the fourth to blow it open, again sending 10 to the plate in that frame.
Falmouth had four batters collect two hits each in the shortened game. Collin Mastriano was 2-for-2 with a pair of runs batted in. Chris Perito, Shawn Jablecki and Colby Davis each were 2-for-4. Perito had two doubles, scored two runs and drove in one. Jablekci and Davis each had two RBIs. Noah Johnsen was 1-for-2 with two walks and scored two runs, and Kevin Duarte walked twice and scored two without an official at-bat.