Falmouth drops first game of the postseason to Bourne

BOURNE, Mass. – The Falmouth Commodores fell 6–5 to the Bourne Braves in game one of the first round in the Cape Cod Baseball League Playoffs. 

The clubs traded the lead multiple times in the contest, but the ’Dores came up just short. Despite dropping the first game of the series, Falmouth had some impactful performances in the batter’s box. First baseman Jacob Walsh had a big night, going 2-for-4 while driving in two runs. Third baseman Anthony Mackenzie was also a key contributor, as he went 1-for-3 with two RBIs. 

While the ’Dores scored five runs and recorded 10 hits in the contest, the team left a total of nine runners on base. Mackenzie said he felt that the club competed well on Thursday night, but the team was unable to capitalize in key situations.

“I just think that [Bourne’s] hits were strung together,” Mackenzie said. “So I think if we were to win tonight, we just had to string a few more together. We had [the] bases loaded. … We didn’t have multiple big innings, [but] that’s just baseball.”

Nolan Morr started on the mound, giving up four total runs while striking out two batters during 2.2 innings of work. However, one of these runs that the southpaw allowed was unearned. Leo Giannoni was the first pitcher out of the bullpen, yielding two runs in 1.2 frames. George Arias then impressed in his relief appearance, retiring two batters while allowing just one hit. Tyler Mudd was dominant in his outing, fanning three batters in three shutout innings.

Manager Jeff Trundy said that despite dropping the first game of the series, he was impressed with how the team battled until the final out of the contest.

“We made a couple of mistakes, but once again, I’m just so proud of the way our guys compete,” Trundy said. “They just refuse to ever stop playing hard and refuse to ever give up. … There were so many things that could have gone one way or the other in that game.”

The Commodores struck first in this one, taking a 2–0 lead over the Braves in the top of the second inning. Walsh drove a two-run double to right-center field, plating Peyton Stovall and Drew Brutcher. 

Bourne promptly responded in the bottom half of the frame, taking a 3–2 lead. Catcher Tomas Frick powered a three-run homer over the left field wall, scoring Joshua Kuroda-Grauer and Nelson Taylor. 

The Braves tacked on another run in the bottom of the third inning, extending their lead to 4–2. The club had runners at the corners, and left fielder Evan Sleight stole second base. Commodores’ catcher Josiah Cromwick attempted to throw out Sleight at second, allowing Mac Horvath to hustle from third and steal home. 

Falmouth plated a pair of runs in the top of the fourth, tying up the game at 4–4. Mackenzie lined a two-run double down the right field line, driving home Cromwick and Walsh. 

The ’Dores then had the bases loaded in the top of the fifth inning, but the club ultimately was kept off the board in the frame.

Bourne reclaimed its lead in the bottom half, scoring a pair of runs to make it a 6–4 ballgame. Horvath swiped second base, and Cromwick’s attempt to throw out the right fielder went into center field. The error allowed Braves’ third baseman Ryan Enos to trot home from third. Kuroda-Grauer followed this by driving a sacrifice fly to right field, plating Horvath. 

The Commodores got a run back in the top of the seventh, narrowing their deficit to 6–5. Brutcher blooped an RBI single into shallow left field, scoring Andrew Pinckney. 

Pinckney kept the game alive for Falmouth in the top of the ninth, hitting an infield single with two outs. The club was ultimately kept scoreless in the final frame, as Stovall flew out to left field to end the game. 

The loss prompts the Commodores to trail the Braves 1–0 in the first round of the Cape Cod Baseball League Playoffs. The clubs will return to action at 6 p.m. August 5 for game two, as Falmouth will host Bourne at Arnie Allen Diamond at Guv Fuller Field. Trundy said he has confidence in the club as it enters the second game of the series.

“I know these guys are going keep competing,” Trundy said. “It’s a good feeling to know these guys want to win and they want to play the game for each other, and they’ll go out and give it everything they have. You can’t ask for anything more.”

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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