Corbin Martin shuts the door in the eighth inning of Game 1 of the CCBL Championship.
FALMOUTH- The Commodores beat the Y-D Red Sox. 5-4, to win their first Cape League Championship game since 1980.
Jeff Passantino hurled 6 2/3 innings of gusty, four-run, pitching and Corbin Martin threw a five-out save to shut the door on the Sox.
However, it was the Red Sox who took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Will Toffey (Vanderbilt) hit a sac fly to center field to bring in Dillon Persinger( Cal St Fullerton), from third.
Falmouth matched YD in the bottom of the frame. Josh Watson (TCU) doubled up the right field line to bring home Deacon Liput (Florida), from second and fire up the dugout.
The number nine hitter, Cadyn Grenier (Oregon State), hit his first triple of the post season to lead off the inning for the Commodores. The next batter, Michael Gigliotti (Lipscomb), hit a sacrifice fly ball right field, bringing in Grenier, and giving Falmouth a 2-1 lead.
Y-D rallied for a big three-run frame against Passantino in the fourth. With Red Sox on first and second, Deon Stafford homered to center field and draw the life out of the Commodore faithful in attendance.
But the ‘Dores were not done.
With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Tyler Lawrence (Murray) hit a solo shot to make it a one run game. After a single and a walk, Grenier hit a ball to deep center that bounced over the fence in center to get down for a ground rule double, helping the Commodores tie the ballgame at 4.
Commodores took the lead in the fifth inning. Tristan Gray singled into shallow right to bring home Liput from third to give the Commodores a 5-4 lead.
That’s when Jeff Passantino (Lipscomb) tossed his heart out. The righty from Lipscomb regained his command en route to retiring eight of the last nine hitters he face. He was pulled in the seventh and Stephen Villines (Kansas) worked out of the frame and started the eighth.
But after allowing two singles in the top of the eighth, Villines made way for Corbin Martin (Texas A&M), who came in looking for his second five-out save of the summer.
He did just that, shutting the door with runners on second and third in the eighth. Similarly in the ninth, Corbin worked around a leadoff single to halt and Y-D rally and give Falmouth a huge Game 1 victory.
Commodores will be on the road tomorrow night at Red Wilson Field where they will take the field and try to will the Cape League Championship for the first time since 1980! First pitch is at 4PM!
CO-PLAYERS OF THE GAME: JEFF PASSANTINO & CORBIN MARTIN!