FALMOUTH – The Commodores were held in check for the majority of the night by the Gatemen pitching staff, despite a home run, a double and a three hit night from Josh Breaux. That, along with an error filled second inning, was the kiss of death for the Commodores in the playoff opener. The Wareham Gatemen shocked the crowd after squeaking into the Western Division playoff picture by beating the Commodores 10-5.
James McArthur’s impressive season earned him the ball in game one of the playoffs, .
Things did not go as planned for McArthur (Ole Miss) and company as Wareham put up four runs in the second inning, putting the ‘Dores in a surprisingly early hole.
Only one of the four runs was credited to the Ole Miss pitcher though with the other three being scored because of sloppy defense by Falmouth. One of the keys coming into the playoffs was to keep the errors to a minimum but the Commodores had trouble with the leather in that second inning.
Josh Breaux was able to get one of those runs back by smashing a homer deep over the left field fence, pulling Falmouth within three in the bottom of the second.
Breaux (McLennan CC) nearly went long again two innings later, doubling on a ball off the fence and moving George Janca to third base. Janca (Texas A&M) would score on a sacrifice two batters later when Cam O’Neil was robbed of a base hit on a spectacular diving catch by Wareham’s John Toppa (Connecticut).
Just as it looked like Falmouth was going to come back it was Wareham who took the momentum right back and they did it with power.
Two home runs, one in the fifth inning and one in the sixth inning, skyrocketed the Gatemen to a commanding 9-3 lead.
Aaron Hernandez pitched a very solid game one for Wareham, shutting down the dangerous Commodores lineup and delivering a win in his first game started on the Cape. Hernandez (Texas Corpus Christian) went five innings, allowing only three earned runs.
Once Hernandez came out the Commodores eager at a chance to get back in this ballgame.
Falmouth hopped right on the opportunity in the sixth inning with a Davidson walk and Cam O’Neil (Holy Cross) double, putting runners on second and third with no outs. Hunter Steinmetz sent a sac fly to left field to score Davidson (Clemson), cutting ever so slightly into the Wareham lead.
Two batters later it was Austin Langworthy delivering an RBI single to pull Falmouth within four and the rally caps were officially on as Guv Fuller Field came to life.
Israel Fuentes (Faulkner U) came out of the pen in the sixth for Falmouth and he prevented the Gatemen from adding any further insurance, throwing two plus innings of scoreless baseball.
In the bottom of the seventh the ‘Dores threatened again with runners on first and second and two outs but they could not capitalize, leaving runners stranded on base once again.
In the top of the ninth it was Falmouth making defensive mistakes again. This time it was Brian Gadsby (UCLA) air-mailing a throw to first, resulting in a runner from second coming around to score.
By the end of the night the Commodores left eleven men on base.
With the score 10-5 heading into the bottom of the ninth the ‘Dores sent the heart of their order to the plate but Brett Conine (Cal St Fullerton) shut things down on the mound, ending game one.
Game two of the series will be tomorrow night at Spillane Field with the ‘Dores trailing the series 0-1. A Wareham win would end the season for Falmouth but a Commodores win forces game three back here at Guv Fuller Field on Monday night. First pitch will be at 6:30 at Spillane.