WAREHAM — It was do or die time for the Commodores in Game Two of the Western Division Semi-Finals after being humbled at home by the Gatemen, 10-5. The Commodores lost an all-around great game, 4-3, to end their 2017 summer season.
Falmouth sent Cole Sands (Florida St.) to face off against Noah Zavolas (Harvard) at Spilane Field.
The offense got off to a good early start, with Clayton Daniel (Jacksonville St) leading off the game with a single for the second straight day. The offense continued as Alec Bohm (Wichita St) and Josh Breaux (McLennan CC) trading back-to-back singles to score Daniel for the first run of the game. Breaux’s RBI single was the first hit the starter Zavolas had allowed with men in scoring position all season.
‘Dores threatened again in the second inning with a couple of errors backed by a single that put men in scoring position. They could not score though, as Adley Rutschman was thrown out at home plate, trying to score on an error on the infield.
The Gatemen then came up and kickstarted their offense. Sands began the second by hitting Joe Drpich in the side with the first pitch of the at-bat. John Toppa followed with a single, and the duo moved into scoring position on a sac-bunt from Kyle Kasser. Jake Anchia then drove them both home with a 2-RBI single to put the Gatemen on top early.
From there, both pitchers really settled in, trading quick innings and stopping any hopes for rallies for either teams. Zavolas and Sands shut down both line-ups through their outings. Sands ended his outing after a season high five innings, allowing two runs and striking out three. Will Ethridge (Ole Miss) took over for Cole in the sixth to keep the Gatemen off the board.
Ethridge worked a quick 1-2-3 inning in his first inning of relief. He has continued to show his worth to a dominant Commodores bullpen.
Zavolas finished his outing after 6 dominant innings. He would finish with those six innings, allowing seven hits, 1 earned run, no walks and nine strikeouts. The Harvard man was replaced by Zach Britton, a lefty from Oregon St.
The Gatemen would get men to first and second before Ethridge was replaced. Derrick Adams (Jacksonville St) came in to keep the game at 2-1. He walked the first batter he faced to load the bases, but snuck out of the jam by getting Robbie Metz to ground out up the middle and end the threat, sending the game into the eighth.
Falmouth got back on the scoreboard in the eighth inning. Alec Bohm lead off the inning with a double that bounced off the wall. He scored the tying run as Trevor Larnach (Oregon St.) followed up and crank a clutch single into left field, tying the game at two. Falmouth went on to stand the bases-loaded.
The Gatemen came up swinging in the home half. They led off the inning with two singles, bringing men to the corners. After a quick strikeout by Adams to John Toppa, he then induced a groundball to thirdbase, and with the infield playing in, Marty Bechina made an extremely heads-up play by throwing home and getting the runner for the second out. Jake Anchia, who already had five RBIs in the series, then laced a single into centerfield. The Gatemen sent the 6’4, 275 lbs, Joe Drpich home and, with the throw in on-time, he alluded the tag, giving the Gatemen the lead. They scored again after Willie MacIver ripped a liner to third, that was mishandled by Bechina, putting the Gatemen up 4-2.
George Janca reached base in the ninth after a one-out double. Bohm followed up with a great at-bat, working a full-count walk, that looked to get the bats going for one final rally. Josh Breaux came up big once again for the ‘Dores, ripping another RBI single into left, cutting the lead to 4-3 Gatemen.
Wareham brought in Darrien Ragins from the bullpen to close out the ball game, and the season. Gatemen move on to face the Bourne Braves in the second round of the Cape Cod League Playoffs.