PICS: Game 44

In the regular season finale, Falmouth tops Hyannis 9-7 in a fun filled night at Guv Fuller Field. (Photos by Ryan Bowman/Falmouth Commodores)

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Regular Season Ends With Western Division Crown

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Falmouth clinched the division Crown in the fourth inning after Cotuit fell to Y-D 12-4. (Photo by Ryan Bowman/Falmouth Commodores)

By AJ Spirito

FALMOUTH – The 2017 CCBL regular season is now in the books and with the dust settled the Falmouth Commodores are West Division Champions for the second consecutive year.

A Cotuit loss to the Y-D Red Sox earlier on Thursday clinched the division for Falmouth but the ‘Dores still played to win their own game, defeating the Hyannis Harborhawks in a 9-7 thriller at Guv Fuller Field.

Despite the final, the game did not start well for Falmouth.

Robbie Peto got the start for Falmouth in this regular season finale and didn’t last long. He walked three batters and could not find the strike zone before being taken out by Coach Mike Landry in the first inning. Not all the blame was on Peto (Florida State College) though as the defense behind him committed two errors that led to three runs for Hyannis.

The Falmouth offense made up for the poor defense in the first inning by striking right back, putting up three runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the game up.

A Clayton Daniel (Jacksonville State) walk and a Janca (Texas A&M) single got things going for the ‘Dores, setting the table for Trevor Larnach. Larnach then ripped a ground rule double to right center, scoring Daniel and Janca. Two batters later it was Larnach (Oregon State) who crossed the plate on a Josh Breaux sac fly that tied the game at three.

The Harborhawks would not go away easily though.

Hyannis took the lead right back when Daniel Robinson (Central Michigan) crushed moonshot over the centerfield fence, putting the ‘Hawks ahead 6-3.

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Daniel going headfirst into third for his first triple of the summer.

Falmouth would counter with a Clayton Daniel triple that scored Hunter Steinmetz in the bottom of the second. The ball just missed going out of the park but the ‘Dores would have to settle with just one run in the inning.

The scoring barrage from each side continued in the third.

After Hyannis put up another run, making the score 7-4, it was now Harborhawks’ reliever James Harrington having a very hard time finding the strike zone in the bottom of the third, resulting in a bases loaded situation for Falmouth.

With two outs it was Adley Rutschman who drew a walk to score Alec Bohm on the most anti-climatic play in baseball, the bases loaded walk. Steinmetz (Missouri State) was the very next batter and he rattled off a two RBI single to tie the game up at seven.

The game had a rare scoreless inning in the fourth but Falmouth got back to scoring in the fifth.

After a Logan Davidson double it was Adley Rutschman picking up his second RBI of the night, singling to right and scoring Davidson, giving the Commodores their first lead of the night. A couple errors by Hyannis led to Rutschman (Oregon State) scoring and Falmouth then had a 9-7 lead.

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Ian Koch earned his third victory, tossing 2.1 scoreless innings.

After allowing seven runs through the first three innings the Commodores’ pitching staff buckled down and threw four scoreless innings to aid the victory. Ian Koch, Matt Murphy, and Israel Fuentes combined for four innings pitched, five strikeouts, and zero earned runs. Koch earned the victory.

Two players who usually play in the field, Austin Langworthy (Florida) and Josh Breaux (McLennan CC), finished off the game and the regular season.

Breaux, who we usually see behind the plate, came to the mound and struck out three in dramatic fashion to earn his first save of the season.

The Cape League playoffs begin Saturday and it will be the number one seed Commodores hosting the Wareham Gatemen at Guv Fuller Field. The ‘Dores are 4-4-1 against the Gatemen this season and with a seven game win streak at The Guv coming into the playoffs the Gatemen will have their work cut out for them.

First pitch on Saturday will be at 6 PM.

Sixth Inning Surge Propells Falmouth To Victory

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Cam O’Neill (Holy Cross) finished with a couple RBI’s and a couple hits. (Photo by Brandon Ball/Falmouth Commodores)

By Brandon Ball

HYANNIS – Jeff Trundy and the West Division leading Commodores entered McKeon Park for the 3rd and final time of the regular season to face off against the last place Hyannis in a win or go home game for the ‘Hawks.  If the Harbor Hawks lost this game, they would be eliminated from the playoff race in the West.

Behind 10 hits, clutch pitching, and good defense, the Commodores ended the playoff hopes for the Hyannis in a close 7-6 win for Falmouth.

The Commodores (23-19-1) began the night against Blake Sanderson (FAU), who was making his first appearance of the season for the Harbor Hawks (16-24-3).

Trevor Larnach (Oregon St) got the night started for the ‘Dores with a two-out double and was driven in by Josh Breaux (McLennan CC) just a batter later, delivering the second straight double for the first run of the game.

Luke Corbin (Samford) made his first start of the summer for Falmouth.  He finished the night with no outs in the fourth, allowing five runs on seven hits, two walks and no strikeouts.

In the second, Falmouth gained some insurance with a hit by pitch followed by two doubles from Hunter Steinmetz (Missouri St) and Clayton Daniel (Jacksonville St) to jump ahead 3-1.

Corbin entered the bottom of the second with a three-run lead and faced the middle of the Hyannis line-up.  He ended up allowing a run to come home on an RBI-single from Ryan Oleneka and then loaded the bases with no-outs thereafter but left them stranded.

Falmouth added to the lead in the 4th after Austin Langworthy (Florida) blooped an RBI single into right-center to score Cam O’Neill (Holy Cross) from second.

The first four batters for the ‘Hawks all reached base and came around to score in the home half of the fourth thanks to a two-run double and a two-run homer. The homer gave Hyannis a brief 5-4 lead.

Jack Pabich (Cal St. Fullerton) came in of relief of Luke Corbin with no outs in the fourth.  He retired three of the four he saw to get the ‘Dores out of the frame.

Falmouth bounced right back in the fifth with a Josh Breaux single and an error that pushed the runners to second and third with no outs.

After a groundout, Marty Bechina (Michigan St.) stepped up and drilled a fly ball into center field.  The ball had home-run height, but not the distance, as it dropped in front of the wall and allowed both runners to score.  Marty slid into a one-out, two-ru  triple.  Cam O’Neill came up right after and lifted a fly ball into center to record a sac-fly and his second RBI of the night.  After four and a half innings, the Commodores had the lead once again, 7-5.

In the fifth, Hyannis cut the lead down to one with Ford Proctor’s RBI single.  The single brought the tying run to third with two outs.  Will Ethridge (Ole Miss) relieved Pabich.

A batter later, Hyannis would try to steal that seventh run to tie the game by utilizing the delayed steal.  But Clayton Daniel’s soft hands and hard throw home were good enough to gun down the runner at home, keeping the game at 7-6.

Ethridge pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and gave way to Derrick Adams (Jacksonville St.) in the seventh, making his 14th appearance out of the ‘pen for Falmouth.  He ran into some trouble in the eighth, after three straight singles loaded the bases with one out.  Adams left the bases stranded with a clutch strikeout and then a ground out to the first basemen, Cam O’Neill, to end the threat.

That did it for Adams, as Falmouth brought their closer to the mound in Ryan Zeferjahn (Kansas) looking for his 6th save of the season.  He did just that in a 1-2-3 inning that earned the ‘Dores their 23rd win of the season.

‘Dores tidbits:

  • Falmouth stays in first place, have an opportunity to clinch the Western Division title tomorrow night at The Guv.
  • The Commodores scored seven runs, making it 19 in the last two games, after scoring just 5 through the previous 5.
  • The Falmouth bullpen has allowed one run or less in six straight outings.

Commodores Rout Wareham To Stay In First Place

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Daniel leds things off with a solo home run. It was all ‘Dores from there. (Photo by Josh Eastern/Falmouth Commodores)

By Josh Eastern

WAREHAM – From the opening batter of the ballgame, the Falmouth Commodores had the lead.

Clayton Daniel (Jacksonville State) had come in with just one home run on the season, but that didn’t stop him from hitting another one. The hit started the Commodores on an offensive barrage that didn’t stop. They scored in six out of nine innings. It was never close.

Behind a 12-run outburst, the Commodores dismantled the Wareham Gatemen, 12-1, Tuesday at Spillane Field.

After scoring just eight runs in their previous four ballgames, the Falmouth Commodores broke out for 12 runs Tuesday night. The Commodores used home runs, singles, doubles, wild pitches and groundouts to score their multitude of runs. Cam O’Neill (Holy Cross), Josh Watson (TCU) and Daniel were the three to hit long balls for Falmouth.

“Especially with Clayton having that leadoff home run. That was big. Really set the tone for the game,” starting pitcher Cody Shelton said.

Every Commodore, including substitutions, reached base in the ballgame. Trevor Larnach (Oregon State) had the most buzz worthy final offensive line with three RBIs and three hits, including two doubles.

“Just seeing it and squaring it up,” Larnach. “Honestly just getting a good pitch to hit and taking advantage of it.”

The offensive did score 12 runs, but the pitching nearly tossed a shutout. Cody Shelton (Samford) made the start for the Commodores and once again impressed. Shelton went four innings scoreless giving up two hits while walking one and striking out one. In two starts, the right-hander has pitched 8.1 innings without giving up a run.

“A lot of ground balls and just trying to have them hit themselves into outs,” Cody Shelton said following his performance. “Trying to throw strikes.”

He was relieved by Jack Pabich (Cal State Fullerton), Ryan Leckich (Baylor) who made his Cape League debut, Brian Gadsby (UCLA) and Austin Langworthy (Florida). They combined to pitch five innings of one run ball, which was the icing on the cake of the dominant win.

With the win, the Commodores remain in first place in the West Division. Falmouth has 45 points while the Cotuit Kettleers have 43 after beating the 40-point Bourne Braves. The race for the top of the division will heat up in the final two games with Falmouth playing a home-and-home with Hyannis, while Cotuit will do the same with Yarmouth-Dennis.

The race for the top seed in the West could come down to the final day, but the Commodores have clinched home field advantage in the first round with the win over Wareham.