By Annie Papadellis/Web Reporter
FALMOUTH, Mass. – Seven runs in the seventh inning stun the Commodores (15-10) as the Harwich Mariners (14-13) downed the Commodores 8-3.
It was a very surprising loss Sunday night as the Commodores hot start tarnished with the implosion of the pitching staff in the seventh inning. Falmouth looked consistent and dominant all across the diamond until the fateful seventh when the Mariners rallied with seven runs to secure the win.
The Commodores took an early lead in the first as Kevin Newman (Arizona), with one down in the first, singled up the middle for a base hit. In the subsequent at bat, Rhys Hoskins (Sacramento State) off the first pitch shot one to deep center for a stand up RBI double as Newman scored all the way from first. Hoskins added to his league leading RBI total. He now has 24 RBIs on the summer. Dylan Davis (Oregon State) followed with a sac fly to bring in Hoskins, and put the team ahead by two.
Falmouth continued playing well, putting the Mariners down in order despite one single in the fourth and two walks in the fifth. Richie Martin Jr. (Florida) gave the Commodores their third run on the night as he began the bottom of the fifth with a double to right. Newman then with two down, singled and an error by the Mariners second baseman allowed Newman to advance to second and Martin to score the third run for the Commodores.
However, three runs would be it for Falmouth on the night.
In the seventh, Harwich rallied with seven runs. Garrett Cleavinger (Oregon) could not get the Commodores out of the bases loaded jam, and took the loss. He went in for in the seventh for starting pitcher Craig Schlitter (Bryant) after Schlitter loaded the bases. Cleavinger lasted just one-third of an inning surrendering the three runs he inherited by Schlitter, and further allowed four runs to score for the Mariners in his time on the mound. He had one strikeout.
After the seventh inning rally, Falmouth was not able to bounce back.
The Mariners added another insurance run in the top of the ninth to top the Commodores by five runs.
The next game is scheduled for July 15th, home at Arnie Allen Diamond, where the Commodores will take on the 5-20 Wareham Gatemen. The Commodores have won all three games against the Gatemen so far this summer. The first pitch is set for 6:30pm (EST).