Bourne Tops Falmouth in Walk-Off Fashion

DSC_0869BOURNE  – The rest of the team had a much needed off-day, the first in several weeks due to rain-outs.  The team entered Sunday’s game against the Bourne Braves riding a 3-game win streak after a 7-6 win against Chatham on Wednesday, and sweeping the home and home against the Harwich Mariners on Thursday and Friday.

The Commodores also had an opportunity to maintain their spot at the top of the Western Division, while Bourne was looking to take over first place with a win.

Bourne did just that after walking it off over the Commodores in an 8-7 thriller at Doran Park.

The night began with Eli Kraus (Kent State) and Cole Sands (Florida St) trading 1-2-3 innings in first two frames.

Bourne took the lead in the third inning after a Grant Williams single scored Jameson Hannah from third.

Falmouth would answer right back as Trevor Larnach (Oregon St.) hit a bases-loaded single into centerfield, scoring Clayton Daniel (Jacksonville St).  Josh Breaux (McLennan CC) would drive in Austin Langworthy (Florida) on a 6-4-3 double play, giving Falmouth the 2-1 lead.

Cole Sands would finish his outing in the fourth inning, his line read: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, in his first start of the 2017 season.

In the fifth, Falmouth would pick-up where they started, plating two on an Alec Bohm (Wichita St) double into the left/center gap that brought home Clayton Daniel and Josh Watson (TCU).  They would score one more in the sixth, after Adley Rutschman (Oregon St) hit a one-out single that scored Josh Watson again to give the Commodores the 5-1 lead.

The score would hold until the bottom of the seventh as Bourne scored five runs on a flurry of errors, walks and singles to take a 6-5 lead.

Bourne extended their lead during the eighth inning on a Jameson Hannah single that plated the seventh run of the evening for the Braves.

Falmouth had to battle back yet again after blowing the 4-run lead.  Entering the ninth, they sent the top of the line-up to the plate.  Josh Watson led it off with a base hit, followed by a Clayton Daniel ground-out, that moved Watson to second base. Austin Langworthy single plated the sixth run for the ‘Dores one batter later on an singleDSC_0869.  Then stepped Alec Bohm who was in another big spot for Falmouth.  After fouling off three balls with an 0-2 count, Bohm slapped a gapper into the left/centerfield fence that brought home the speedy Austin Langworthy to tie the game.

After the ‘Dores were retired, they sent Brian Gadsby (UCLA) to the mound to stretch the game to extras.  Lyle Lin cracked a base hit with one out and was immediately was replaced by Andrew Fregia on first.  Fregia would advance all the way from first to third when an attempt to catch him stealing went all the way into centerfield.

With the winning run just 90-feet away and two outs, Gadsby’s first pitch to Scott Schreiber got away from Rutschman and allowed the runner to score and win the ballgame for Bourne.

‘Dores will travel to Boston for Fenway training day, where the players will workout for scouts and on seers.  Be sure to follow along on Twitter and YouTube for all coverage and interviews.

‘DORES TIDBITS:

  • With Sunday’s win and Falmouth, Wareham and Cotuit all losing, Bourne takes sole possession of first place in the Western Division.
  • After going 0-4, Josh Breaux’s on-base streak of 18 games is snapped.
  • Tonight’s start for Cole Sands was his first since Game 2 of the CCBL Championship Series last August.
  • Jeff Trundy’s win total will stay at 399, but he will have another opportunity for number 400 on Tuesday as the Commodores will head back home to face the Bourne Braves once again.

Blohm Stifles Harwich, Offense Rides Late Surge to Victory

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Blohm picked up his first win of the season, tossing 5.1 innings of one-run baseball. (Photo by Ryan Bowman/Falmouth Commodores)

FALMOUTH – The Commodores are now winners in three straight as they defeated the Harwich Mariners 8-1 in what started out as a pitcher’s duel at Guv Fuller Field.

The Commodores (17-16-1) were sporting their Friday red jerseys today and it was the bat of Clayton Daniel that was red hot in this game. The All-Star second baseman dazzled tonight, striking four hits with an RBI and two runs scored.

Believe it or not, the first half of this game it was a pitcher’s duel between Tyler Blohm and Theodore Rodliff.

Tyler Blohm got the start for Falmouth and it was one of the best outings the Commodores have seen from him this summer.

Blohm was dominant, especially early on when he struck out four Mariners in a row over the second and third inning. Blohm only allowed one hit up until the fifth inning when Max Burt blasted a solo shot to pull Harwich within one. Tyler would record one more out in the fifth before being taken out due to his climbing pitch count. The Maryland pitcher would finish his gem of a start with six strikeouts, one earned run, and only two hits allowed over five plus innings.

Blohm wasn’t the only pitcher having a great game. Harwich starting pitcher Theodore Rodliff tossed four plus innings only allowing one run. Rodliff (Stony Brook) also struck out three and only gave one free pass via the walk all night.

The scoreless tie was broken in the third inning after an Austin Langworthy (Florida) sac-fly scored Marty Bechina to put Falmouth out in front 1-0.

Two innings later, Clayton Daniel ripped a single to score the speedy Hunter Steinmetz (Missouri State) to increase the lead to 2-0. Daniel (Jacksonville State) was 4-4 in this game, putting him at 42 hits on the season which is good for third best in the league.

After Max Burt (Northeastern) cut the lead in half for Harwich, the Commodores went to their bullpen.

Luke Corbin (Samford U) made his first appearance for Falmouth and his time was short, after allowing a single and walk to load the bases for the Mariners. Ian Koch (Western Illinois) came into the tough situation and handled it like a professional, forcing a flyout and then striking out Nick Delesandro (Purdue) to get out of the jam.

Next inning the Mariners threatened again. For the second straight inning the bases were loaded and once more Falmouth was able to get out of the jam. This time it was Zach Leban (Kansas) who “defended the wall”, coming out of the bullpen and keeping Harwich off of the scoreboard in the seventh.

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Daniel smacks one of his four hits on the evening, bumping his average back to .311.

In the bottom of the seventh the ‘Dores padded their lead.

After Steinmetz and Daniel walked, Austin Langworthy placed a perfect bunt that increased the lead thanks to a Harwich miscue. The Langworthy bunt forced Harwich third baseman Jonathan India to make a quick play and the throw was launched into the Falmouth bullpen, allowing both Falmouth speedsters to cross the plate with ease.

This play seemed to derail Harwich. A few batters later Trevor Larnach (Oregon State) singled to score Langworthy and then Alec Bohm (Wichita) would score on a wild pitch to blow the game open. The seventh inning surge of runs continued when Marty Bechina singled to score Larnach, increasing Falmouth’s lead to 7-1.

Brian Gadsby (UCLA) came in to pitch both the eighth and ninth innings and he got the job done, slamming the door on any hope of a Harwich comeback.

There was a lot to like about Falmouth’s performance tonight as the team will head into the All-Star break this weekend.

Tyler Blohm dominated the first half of the game and the bullpen was phenomenal in relief. The offense was hitting on all cylinders, racking up twelve hits and eight runs. 

Falmouth sends five to the All-Star Game in Spillane Field tomorrow. Alec Bohm, Clayton Daniel and George Janca will start at first, second and third respectively for the Western Divison. Mitchell Miller (Clemson) and Kyle Bradish (New Mexico State) are reserve pitchers. Marty Bechina will compete in the home run derby.

The All-Star Game begins at 6:05 PM EST. Falmouth returns to action the following night at Doran Park for a pivotal game against the Bourne Braves.

Falmouth Edges Harwich For Second Straight Win

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McArthur earned his first win of the summer in the 2-1 victory. (Photo by Blake Benard/Falmouth Commodores)

HARWICH – After a big one-run win last night at Guv Fuller Field, the Commodores went on the road to begin a home/home against the Harwich Mariners. 

They left Whitehouse Field victorious in a second straight nail-biting one run win, this time a low scoring 2-1 affair with all runs being scored in unusual fashion. Falmouth saw another dominant start from James McArthur (Ole Miss) in the game.

McArthur was looking to capitalize off a solid outing on Friday in Hyannis where he threw six scoreless en route to a 6-3, extra inning, Commodores win.

Harwich entered tonight’s game with the worst record on the Cape at 10-21-1.

McArthur capitalized, throwing another gem on the mound.  He faced just two above the minimum on 84 pitches and held Harwich scoreless through five innings.  His start led the Commodores to back-to-back wins for the first time since July 1st and July 2nd. The Ole Miss product also picked up his first win of the summer.

Falmouth would open the scoring in the top of the 4th after George Janca (Texas A&M) lead off the inning with a double into the gap in left-center.  Josh Breaux (McLennan CC) would follow-up with a base hit into left that would be overplayed by the left-fielder allowing Janca to score from second.

The second run came in the 7th inning and was a wild score.

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Steinmetz singlehandedly produced the eventual game-winning run in the win.

After Hunter Steinmetz (Missouri St.) was struck by a pitch with two outs after Cole Aker (UNC) had struck out both Adley Rutschman (Oregon St) and Josh Watson (TCU) to lead off the inning.  Steinmetz would then do what he does best, and swipe second and then third as well. As he slid into third, the ball got away from Novak who was covering. Steinmetz didn’t even hesitate as he scampered the remaining 90 feet to manufacture a run all on his own.

The Commodores turned to Derrick Adams (Jacksonville St) to shut down the Harwich line-up until the later stage of the ball game.  He allowed a run to score on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 7th, but would lock it down the remainder of his outing.  

Brian Gadsby (UCLA) needed just four pitches to get two outs and end the 8th.

He gave way to Ryan Zeferjahn (Kansas) in the 9th.  The Mariners fought to avoid losing their sixth straight, working four full counts and getting men to 2nd and 3rd with a couple away.  Zeferjahn responded by pumping in gas and striking out the final two batters in the inning to seal the 2-1 victory, gaining his 4th save of the season and the Commodores 16th win.

Falmouth finishes up their four-game stretch against the East tomorrow night at Guv Fuller Field facing the same Harwich Mariners. 6:00 PM EST first pitch.

DORES TIDBITS

  • With Josh Breaux’s single in the 4th, he extended his on-base streak to 17 games, second longest such streak on the team this season.
  • This is the third straight quality start for the Commodores pitching staff in the past four games.
  • Clayton, who went 0-5, didn’t reach base for just the 2nd time through 33 games.
  • James McArthur eared the win in this game, his first, improving his record to 1-2.  He also had a season high five strikeouts.