Amidst a Fourth of July weekend in the Cape Cod Baseball League, the Falmouth Commodores (10-9) travel to the last place Cotuit Kettleers (4-15) looking to make it three straight wins over the Kettleers.
Falmouth walloped the Kettleers in their first matchup of the season 11-2 but the second game was much closer with the Commodores holding on for a 3-2 win. Expect another pitchers duel tonight in Cotuit.
Taking the mound for Falmouth is the 19-year-old righty from San Francisco State, Thomas Ponticelli. Ponticelli last threw against the Bourne Braves on in a 4-2 loss last Friday; he was responsible for all four runs. However in his previous two starts, he surrendered only two runs combined. Overall he is 0-2 with a 3.65 ERA, 3 BB’s, and 7 K’s.
On the other side, Cotuit sends Ross Achter (University of Toledo) to the bump, making his second start of the summer. Achter saw extended relief in his first three appearances with Cotuit and threw four-plus innings against Y-D last Saturday in a 4-2 loss. On the season, he is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA.
With rosters needing to be finalized tonight, the Commodores signed several temp players to official team contracts. Here’s the full list of player who will be sticking around on the Cape.
Pitchers: Brac Warren, John Sparks, Jeff Passantino, Brendan King and Justin Hoyt.
Position Players: Tyler Lawrence, Willie Burger, Bryce Johnson, and Michael Cantu
Returning Commodore JJ Matijevic (Arizona) and newcomer Deacon Liput (Flordia) were both activated by the team. Relief Pitcher Paul Balestrieri was released and Cole Sands has officially been put on the inactive list due to his temporary tenure with Team USA.