By: Greg Levinsky
FALMOUTH – Trailing by a single run heading to the fifth inning, there was potential for yet another Falmouth Commodores come back on their home diamond at Guv Fuller Field. Unfortunately for the Commodores, the Wareham Gatemen and their league’s top offense ended their season with a five-run fifth as part of a 7-4 victory on Thursday.
For a Commodores team that clawed from the 10th and final spot in the league standings all the way up to fourth, and take a playoff series – a job well done. Commodores head coach Jeff Trundy finished his 20th season as the team’s leader and displayed great pride for his team.
The Commodores began the regular season 2-8-0, but responded with vigor and finished the regular season at a 22-11-1 clip for an overall record of 26-21-1.
Duke rising junior Adam Laskey (5-0, 1.49 ERA) earned the nod as the league’s most outstanding pitcher and Stanford’s Kyle Stowers (.326 batting average, 13 doubles, 6 home runs and 23 RBIs) burst onto the scene with an offensive showcase highlighted by a home run in the All-Star Game. He was one of a division-high seven Commodores to participate in the prestigious contest.
The Gatemen won the first game of the series last night. Tied in the bottom of the seventh, the Gatemen pulled ahead with a two-run frame and ultimately took the contest 4-3.
Commodores starter Scott Politz (Yale) made his first appearance against the Gatemen on Thursday. He required just five pitches for two quick outs to start, but Austin Shenton (Florida International) belted his third home run of the playoffs, a solo shot to put the Gatemen up early. Politz followed with three scoreless innings until the Gatemen added five.
Ryan Kreidler (UCLA) and Skyler Hunter (Purdue) lined back-to-back singles, and Isaac Collins (Creighton) tripled them home to highlight the big inning.
The Commodores did chip away at a six-run deficit with a pair in the fifth and sixth.
Although the Commodores could not fight all the way back, two-year member of the team Mitchell Miller (West Texas A&M) provided admirable effort in relief.
Miller (4.2 innings, 1 earned run, 3 strikeouts) made his longest outing of the summer and finished his campaign strong.
All under Trundy’s watch, 49 different players donned the Commodores jersey over the summer from 33 schools across the country over the past 10 weeks.
Up next: a full season recap to follow within the week.
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