Commodores wins twice delayed matchup against the Gatemen

by Zane Moses

     The Falmouth Commodores won the longest game of their season on Tuesday against the Wareham Gatemen by a score of 4-0.  The Commodores did just enough on offense to get the lead, and the pitching carried the team to victory.

     The game was postponed about an hour due to rain early in the evening, and lightning stopped play going into the seventh inning for another hour.  The Commodores were not phased by the delays, fortunately, and they never gave Wareham a chance to breathe.

     The scoring began in the second inning when first baseman Shane Benes (Mizzou) hit the ball over 412 feet to straight away center for a two run home run and the Commodores took the early lead 2-0.

     In the fourth inning right fielder Heath Quinn (Samford) hit a lead off double and scored on a sacrifice fly.  In the eighth inning, following the delay, JB Woodman (Ole Miss) scored on a wild pitch after he got on with a single.

    The performance delivered by starting pitcher Alex Phillips (Baylor) was truly the highlight of the evening.  He pitched five shutout innings, only allowing three hits and striking out five.  Relief pitchers Sean Gustin (Holy Cross) and Andrew Frankenreider (Northern Illinois) also handled the Gatemen batters, they threw three scoreless innings until sprinklers ended this game prematurely.

     Shane Benes made his presence felt in this matchup, despite being a relatively new addition to the team with his two run home run.  Benes was made an uncle hours before the game, and his performance reflected his excitement.

     Benes, who was on Facetime with his family during the rain delay, said, “It was good to see his face and I hit that one for him and yeah, I’m an uncle now, it’s a pretty good feeling.”

     This matchup was taxing on the players, with a run time of over four hours, but the Commodores were able to tough out the endurance test and win this matchup with ease.  

     The Commodores are back in action on the road against the Y-D Red Sox tomorrow at 5:00 p.m.  For more information about the Commodores visit their website at

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