Colleen Loftus/Web Reporter
The final curtain fell for the Commodores in game two of the 2014 Cape League playoff championship series, as they took a devastating 10-4 loss to the Red Sox. Sweeping two Cape League teams to reach the championship round, Falmouth was unable to pull out win against Yarmouth-Dennis and watched as the triumphant Red Sox took the Arnold Mycock trophy on their home field.
Falmouth struggled to find holes in the YD infield for seven innings, retired within three batters for three innings. Keeping the team’s overall strikeout count to seven, the Commodores did their best to reach base and subsequently work themselves around the diamond efficiently. Falmouth recorded 13 hits against YD in game two, a whopping ten more than their previous outing in game one. Fortunately for the Commodores, when they found the holes in their hitting, they became unstoppable. The top of the fourth gave Falmouth two runs, as Boomer White (Texas A&M) hit a RBI double to right-center and later reached home on a Red Sox fielding error.
Unfortunately, the Red Sox managed to strike back this very same inning. Down 2-0, YD earned two runs off two Falmouth infield errors, tying the game 2-2. The Commodores buckled down in the top of the sixth, determined to finalize their lead. White cracked his second RBI double of the night into right-center, scoring Cameron O’Brien (West Virginia) from second. Leading 3-2 with two outs, Audie Afenir (Oral Roberts) stepped to the plate. Afenir poked a single to shallow right field, scoring White easily from third and extending the Commodores’ lead 4-2.
YD responded by repeating their previous comeback strategy: tying the game in the same inning. Only this time, the lead was taken by the Red Sox and never returned to the Commodores. The bottom of the sixth brought in six total runs for the Red Sox, leaving the Commodores down 8-4. The YD offense recorded four hits and three walks this inning. The Commodores lost control of the score off one particular hit by Jordan Tarsovich (Virginia Military Institute), which was a loaded-bases-clearing double that scored three runs for the Red Sox. YD added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth, as Michael Donadio (St, Johns) knocked out a home run and Nico Giarratano (San Francisco) recorded a RBI single. The final score read 10-4 YD, and the Commodores left empty handed as they concluded what seemed to be a promising playoff run. The Commodores concluded this 2014 season with a 26-17-2 record, and leave the Cape with amazing memories with their fellow teammates and coaches.
“There’s a lot that happens in two short months,” said Head Coach Jeff Trundy, “I have tremendous respect for what they have accomplished…and they formed friendships that are going to last a lifetime. These guys are never going to forget Falmouth.”
For more information about the 2014 Falmouth Commodores, visit the team’s website at www.falmouthcommodores.com.