by Zane Moses
The Commodores stretched their winning streak to four on Sunday evening against the Bourne Braves by a score of 8-6. The score is reflective of the offensive show that both teams put on.
The Braves were able to get the early lead against the Commodores. In the bottom of the first, the Braves got two runners on base with walks. The next batter hit a ground ball to the third baseman, who threw it to second for one out, but the second baseman threw it in the dirt at first allowing the Braves lead runner to score. After the first inning the score was 1-0.
Immediately following the first run of the game the Commodores manufactured two runs. The first run came following hits by the first baseman JJ Matejevic (Arizona), shortstop Tristan Gray (Rice), and catcher Logan Ice (Oregon State). Ice’s two out bloop single scored Matejevic and Gray was able to get to third. Ice stole second base and the errant throw from the catcher gave Gray enough time to run home and beat the throw.
In the bottom of the second inning the Braves threatened the Commodores with no outs and runners on second and third. Fortunately, starting pitcher Bryce Montes de Oca (Mizzou) was able to draw three straight ground balls to prevent any damage in the inning, and keep the score at 2-1.
Right fielder Heath Quinn (Samford) led off the fourth inning with a double to left and JJ Matejevic was able to drive him home with a line drive single to right field, giving the Commodores a two run lead. Two outs later JB Woodman hit a ground rule double that bounced over the left center field fence, scoring another run. The score after the top of the fourth was 4-1.
Adam Oller (Northwestern State) came in for Bryce Montes de Oca in the bottom of the fourth. With one out in the inning and runners on second and third, a ground ball to the Commodores third baseman Tate Blackman (Ole Miss) hit off of his glove, allowing a Braves runner to score. The Braves cut the lead down to two runs.
Commodore bats remained hot in the fifth inning. A lead off baserunner for Falmouth scored after the designated hitter Evan Skoug (TCU) hit a triple to drive in the first run of the inning. After Skoug scored on a wild pitch Heath Quinn, JJ Matejevic, Tate Blackman and Logan Ice hit three singles in a row to bring home the third and fourth runs of the inning. The score in the fifth was 8-2.
In the sixth inning the scoring continued, although it from the Braves for a change. A three run home run with two outs advanced the score to 8-5. Tthe two runners who were on base reached base on errors.
The Commodores got 11 hits on the day, with the standouts being JJ Matejevic, who went three for four with three runs, and Logan Ice, who went two for three with a walk. The Braves got nine hits on the day, and the Commodores also registered six errors, burning through six pitchers in the process.
“I just saw it well today, I hit a couple balls in the past games that the other players just spun and twirled and caught the ball,” Ice said, “It is all about hitting the ball hard and making good contact though.”
The Commodores are back in action on Tuesday against the Hyannis Harbor Hawks at home. For more information about the Commodores visit their website at http://www.falmouthcommodores.com.