Late spring weather has been predictably unpredictable of late, and the Cape Cod Baseball League schedule has felt the brunt of it. The Commodores’ lone game since Monday was a makeup of a previously postponed contest. On Tuesday the Commodores were scheduled to have the day off, and it rained. That rain wreaked havoc on Bourne’s Doran Park, which left Wednesday evening’s game postponed.
Last night, Thursday, June 20, the Dores headed to Hyannis for their second contest of the year against winless Hyannis, a team having issues larger than just bad weather. From pitch one a heavy fog floated just above the field lights. Then, just as it seemed that the fog may lift, a heavy rainstorm fell upon McKeon Park. The deluge was short lived but left the field unplayable. After a half-hour delay, and some hemming and hawing, the umpires deemed the field unfit to continue.
The game will be rescheduled and played a date yet to be determined.
The timing of the rain was ironic for the struggling Harbor Hawks, who entered play without having scored a run in 19 innings of play. The team is also still looking for its first win of the year, entering play with an 0-7-1 record thus far.
Falmouth owned a 1-0 lead with a run it scored in the top of the fourth. A stinging double from Zach Deloach (Texas A&M) brought home Michael Turner from first base. The extra base hit, which will be expunged from the record, sliced through the heavy fog. It was apparent on that play that the air was just getting heavier and that the future of the game was in doubt.
In the bottom of the same inning the Hawks finally ended their scoreless streak, which had extended to 22 frames without a run, in an unceremonious manner. With runners on first and third, and no one out, Brooks Carlson (Samford) bounced into a double play. Nearly the second the runner at third Jared DeSantolo (Florida Atlantic) cross the plate the rain appeared and went from strong to tropical in a matter of moments.
That forced the game’s end, and reset Hyannis’s scoreless streak back to 19.
Falmouth, which remains at 3-3-1 for the year, visits Orleans tonight and then heads to Wareham tomorrow, Saturday, June 22.
Commodores 8, Wareham 5
Hayden Cantrelle (Louisiana Lafeyette) was a regular in the Commodores’ lineup last year and had a good season, but there was one thing that he never did. He never hit a home run.
Cantrelle made up for that in the best possible way in a huge spot for the Commodores on Monday night, June 17. Playing a makeup game against the west division-leading Wareham Gatemen, Cantrelle unloaded the bases with a seventh-inning grand slam that turned a 5-4 deficit into an 8-5 lead. Falmouth went on to win by that same score and end a three-game slide.
Hitting out of the leadoff spot, Cantrelle had his best offensive day ever in a Falmouth uniform. He went 4-for-5 on the day with four runs batted in, two runs scored, the aforementioned grand slam and a double as well.
In the decisive seventh inning, the Commodores looked like they’d end the frame still behind after the first two batters in the inning were each retired. A single by Baron Radcliff (Georgia Tech) kept the inning going and then Sean Harrington (Babson) walked and pinch-hitter Austin Masel (Holy Cross) was hit by a pitch. That brought Cantrelle to the plate and Wareham pitcher David Rhodes (Washington) had nowhere to put him.
After looking at a ball, Cantrelle got the pitch he wanted. He did what he wanted with it by hammering it deep into the night over the right field wall. The moment’s excitement flowed from the bleach-blonde infielder as he flipped the bat towards the dugout as he commenced rounding the sacks.
Trei Cruz (Rice) continued an amazing night that he was having after the round-tripper. Cruz completed a perfect evening at the dish by connecting on his fourth single of the game, which chased Rhodes from the game. The rally ended there, but the damage had been done. Cruz finished 4-for-4 on the night, raising his batting average 142 points from .222 to .364.
Reliever Caleb Wurster (Connecticut) picked up the win on the mound. Wurster pitched the seventh and eighth innings, and allowed one hit and struck out three in his season debut. Bryce Miller (Texas A&M), who also made his debut for the summer, worked out of his own jam in the ninth to get his first save of the year. Wurster got a ground out to start the inning. The next batter singled, but then a flyout brought the team to the cusp of ending things.
It got interesting when Wurster fanned Jacob Teter (Florida Southern), but Harrington could not hold onto strike three and the inning continued. Ben Sems (Kansas) then walked, loading the bases for Wareham. Wurster saw the count go full against Mike Antico (St. John’s), but the Commodores’ closer sent the crowd home happy by getting him to wave at strike three, ending the home squad’s three-game slide in the process.
Father’s Day saw the Commodores suffer a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Harwich on the road. Harwich pitching held the Dores to just one run on nine hits over 14 innings of play. Cape League doubleheaders are seven-inning games each. Harwich took the opener, 1-0, and the nightcap 7-1.
Falmouth hung around in the second game until the bottom of the sixth when the home team turned a 3-1 lead into a 7-1 score with a big inning. The bottom of the Mariners’ order did a lot of the damage as the eighth and ninth batters in the order combined for four runs batted in. Christian Fedko (Connecticut) was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Brian Dempsey (Boston College) was 1-for-3 with a two-run single.
Third baseman Steven Moretto (Cal State Sacramento) drove in the only Falmouth run. He was 2-for-3 in the game.
In the first game, Logan Allen (Florida International) stymied the Falmouth hitters for six innings. He allowed three hits, one walk and struck out 10 in his six innings of work. It was his second time facing the Commodores after a five inning no decision on opening night. Joe Boyle (Notre Dame) notched his second save of the year with a perfect seventh inning.
Last Saturday night the Dores lost for the first time this year as Bourne won in resounding fashion at Fuller Field, 10-2. The visitors built a 5-0 lead early and never looked back.
Zavier Warren (Central Michigan) paced the Bourne attack by going 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and four runs batted in.
Falmouth catcher Michael Turner (Kent State) was a bright spot in defeat. Turner had his first multi-hit game of the season, going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.