Commodores drop close game to Gatemen

FALMOUTH, Mass. – The hurlers were the story of the game on Tuesday night. The Guv Fuller Field crowd was treated to a pitcher’s duel, in which the Falmouth Commodores and Wareham Gatemen traded zeros until the sixth inning. In the end, the Commodores’ silence at the plate resulted in a 3-1 defeat. 

Antoine Jean was outstanding on the mound for Falmouth, striking out four batters in five shutout frames. The southpaw said that he didn’t feel he was sharp in this one, but worked to keep the ‘Dores in the game. 

“I didn’t feel I had my best stuff,” Jean said. “But I kept fighting [and] throwing strikes when I had to. So, that’s what I had to work with today.”

The bullpen also impressed, as Jack Erbeck and Everett Catlett combined for 2.1 scoreless innings on the mound. 

Wareham starting pitcher Blake Sodersten was dominant as well, holding the ‘Dores hitless through 5.1 innings of work.

The Gatemen opened the scoring in the sixth, taking a 3-0 lead over the Commodores. Tommy Troy dropped an RBI single into left-center field, scoring Cade Fergus. Jack Brannigan then brought home Troy with a sacrifice fly to center field. Jimmy Crooks capped off the outburst by lining an RBI single to right-center field, plating Owen Diodati. 

Falmouth scored its first run of the night in the bottom half of the frame, trimming its deficit to 3-1 against Wareham. Kodie Kolden got the club on the board by lining an RBI single up the middle, driving home Cameron Bufford. 

This would end up being the final score, as neither squad would plate a run in the final three innings of the ballgame. Pitching coach Mike Landry said that he was impressed with the way the club competed, despite falling short at the plate.

“We took care of the baseball,” Landry said. “Their starter did a great job…[It was] nice to finally get that hit in there, and [it was] maybe just a too little, too late kind of deal.”

The loss drops Falmouth’s record to 14-19-2 on the campaign. The Commodores’ final game of the season will be against the Bourne Braves on Wednesday at 6 p.m., from Guv Fuller Field. 

Note: Featured image by Meghan Murphy.

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Tommy Mumau can be reached at tmumau@ithaca.edu. Follow him on Twitter @tommymumau13.

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