With the World Series trophy in attendance, the Falmouth Commodores made sure not to disappoint the very important guest in a home game against West Division rival Cotuit on Wednesday, July 3.
The Commodores scored three runs in the fourth and added runs in the sixth and seventh inning to win their second-straight game, 6-1.
Although the lineup produced the runs, the game belonged to Falmouth’s pitching staff, which overcame a lead-off home run in the top of the second from Joey Loperfido (Duke) to blank Cotuit the rest of the way. Nick Nastrini (UCLA) picked up the win after five strong innings where he allowed one earned run on three hits and walking one. Sam Weatherly (Clemson) and Bryce Miller (Texas A&M) then combined to hold the Kettleers to just one hit over the final four innings.
Austin Masel (Holy Cross), Blake Dunn (Western Michigan) and Troy Claunch (Oregon State) all had two hits for Falmouth.
Making his first Cape League start, Kole Ramage (Arkansas) pitched well in three innings of work. He allowed one earned run on four hits while striking out two.
Cotuit 4, Bourne 1
The Kettleers fell behind early but used a methodical and unrelenting approach at the plate to score the comeback victory to pull back into first place in the West Division.
Hosting Bourne on Tuesday, July 2 at Lowell Park, Cotuit scored four unanswered runs and hammered out 14 hits, including three players with multi-hit games, to put on a show for the home fans.
Christian Robinson (Stanford) produced an infield single in a two-out, bases loaded situation in the bottom of the third to knot the game at one apiece. An inning later, in the bottom of the fourth, Nick Gonzales (New Mexico State) reached with a two-out single. During the next at-bat, Gonzales came around to score from first after Braves’ starter Harrison Rutkowski (Rutgers) had an errant pick-off attempt to break the 1-1 tie.
Rutkowski worked around nine hits in four innings of work, allowing two runs (one earned) in the losing effort. On the winning side, Joshua Nahas (Georgia Southern) earned his first win of the season, going six innings and allowing one earned run on two hits while striking out five.
Cotuit tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the seventh when Matthew Mervis (Duke) and Loperfido recorded back-to-back RBI doubles to put the game out of reach. Loperfido, Gonzales and Parker Chavers (Coastal Carolina) had three-hit days while Robinson had two hits for Cotuit.
Greer and Jared Poland (Louisville) had the only hits for Bourne.
Cotuit 9, Hyannis 8
The Kettleers withstood a late-inning surge from visiting Hyannis to hang on for a one-run win in a key East Division showdown.
Hosting the Harbor Hawks at Lowell Park on Monday, July 1, Cotuit watched as Hyannis pieced together a five-run eighth inning but it still wasn’t enough to score the road upset. The Kettleers put up three late-inning runs to cling to a 9-8 win and keep pace with West Division-leading Wareham.
Chavers provided the spark to Cotuit’s offense, going 1-for-4 with three RBI, one run score and a three-run blast deep into the woods beyond the right field fence. Chavers’ round-tripper was part of a four-run bottom of the fourth that started with Hyannis leading 1-0 and ended with Cotuit holding a 4-1 advantage.
In the bottom of the seventh, Casey Schmitt (San Diego State) added a two-run shot to give Cotuit an 8-3 advantage. He went 2-for-4 on the day with two runs score and three runs batted in, including an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth.
Oraj Anu (Kentucky) also got in on the home run party, sending a solo blast out of the park in the bottom of the eight in what proved to be the game’s winning run in response to Hyannis tying the game, 8-8, in the top half of the frame.
Bo Hofstra (Purdue) earned the win despite allowing three earned runs on three hits and a walk in two innings of work. Zachary McCambley (Coastal Carolina) had his longest outing on the Cape this season, going five innings and scattering five hits for one earned run while striking out three and walking none. Although he left the game with the lead, he received a no decision after Hyannis later tied the game.
Wareham 1, Cotuit 0
The Gatemen scratched across a run in the bottom seventh in what would be the only run scored in a game between the top two teams in the West Division.
Hosting the Kettleers at Spillane Field on Sunday, June 30, Wareham’s Benjamin Sims scored Jacob Teter (Florida Southern) from third on a sacrifice fly for the eventual game-winning run. Teter slapped a lead-off single, advanced to second on Adrian Del Castillo’s (Miami) single and took third on a sacrifice fly from Matt McLain (UCLA) to set up Sims for the late-game heroics.
Cotuit went 0-for-6 over the last two innings as the loss marked the second-straight time the Kettleers have lost to the Gatemen. In those games, Wareham has outscored Cotuit, 7-0.
Ian Bedell (Missouri) and Trent Palmer (Jacksonville) combined to allow three hits for Wareham, with Palmer pitching the final four innings to pick up the win. Cotuit nearly went pitch-for-pitch with the Gatemen, as Jackson Wolf (West Virginia) threw five four-hit innings of scoreless baseball. Mervis, a two-way player, pitched the last three innings and allowed two hits and one earned runs as he took the hard-luck loss.
Gonzales extended his hitting streak to seven games with a single to left field in the top of the sixth inning. Adam Oviedo (TCU) and Cotuit-native Cody Pasic (Maine) also had singles.
The Kettleers (9-8-2, 20 points) visits McKeon Park in Hyannis to meet the Harbor Hawks today, Friday, July 5 at 6 PM. Cotuit returns to Lowell Park on Saturday, July 6 to host Chatham.