Colleen Loftus/Web Reporter
No rain meant no problems for the Falmouth Commodores last night as they took a 3-0 win over the Hyannis Harbor Hawks in game one of the three-game playoff series. Falmouth dominated all aspects of play, utilizing tight defense in the infield and swinging away at the plate.
The team took another early lead in their first playoff game, upping the Harbor Hawks by one in the bottom of the second. Jake Madsen (Ohio) reached base with a two-out single to left-center field. He was moved to second when Shaun Chase (Oregon) was hit in the back with a pitch from starting pitcher Marc Brakeman (Stanford). Madsen crossed home on a throwing error by Brakeman, putting the Commodores ahead 1-0.
Matt Hall made his ninth start on the mound for the Commodores, allowing only five hits and one run in six innings. While he only struck out one batter, Hall explained his performance was strategic.
“Today, I was just trying to let the defense play behind me,” says Hall, “they did a phenomenal job. They turned double plays when they needed to be done and made great plays out in the field.”
The Commodores defense certainly worked wonders behind Hall on the mound, recording 15 groundouts in eight and one half innings. Many of these groundouts found their way to third baseman Conner Hale’s (Louisiana State) glove, coming off of Hall’s left-handed pitches. Two Hyannis runners on base were caught stealing in the top of the first, one of which was a quick pick off by Hall. The Commodores also produced two double plays in back-to-back second and third innings, avoiding one bases loaded opportunity for the Harbor Hawks. Falmouth retired Hyannis is three straight batters in three consecutive innings. Overall, the Harbor Hawks were outed within three for five total innings, unable to withstand the dominant Commodores offense.
Falmouth finally managed to pull away with the win in the eighth, keeping with their habits of eventful eighth innings at home. Hale drilled a solo home run over the left field fence to put the team up 2-0. With two outs in the inning, Boomer White (Texas A&M) reached first on a fielder’s choice. Madsen stepped to the plate and grounded a single to center field, reaching first with ease. However, Hyannis center fielder Kyle Survance (Houston) recorded a throwing error as White attempted to reach third, the ball sailing into the visiting dugout. White cruised home and gave the Commodores their final run of the evening, topping the Harbor Hawks 3-0.
With game one under their belts, the Commodores will travel to Hyannis on Thursday, July 7, 2014, to face the Harbor Hawks in game two of the series. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit the Falmouth Commodores’ website at www.falmouthcommodores.com.