By A.J. Spirito
FALMOUTH – The Orleans Firebirds (1-4) traveled all the way west to Falmouth (1-4) from the elbow of the cape to take on the Commodores on a humid Sunday. On this Father’s Day the dads of Falmouth were treated to two chances of catching some Dores baseball as the teams battled out a double header.
Both Falmouth and Orleans came into the game sitting at 0-3 and last in each of their divisions.
In game one of the doubleheader, the Commodores had their best offensive start to a game this season as they scored one in the first and four more in the 3rd. Alec Bohm led the charge with the go-ahead RBI double in that third inning. Clayton Daniel also continued his hot start as he racked up three hits of his own, leading the Falmouth offense.
Kyle Bradish (New Mexico State) started on the bump for the matinee game. After allowing two runs in the first, Bradish rebounded, striking out five and shutting out the the Firebirds lineup before he was replaced by Mitchell Miller (Clemson) to start the fifth.. It was a special day for Bradish not only for getting the win but because his dad, John, was in attendance.
Miller entered the game in the 5th inning and there was no looking back as he pitched the remainder of the game (only 7 innings due to the double-header). The Clemson lefty stymied the Orleans lineup for four three inning of shutout baseball, striking out sox and sealing up the victory for Falmouth in the first game.
After taking game one 5-2, the Commodores had early troubles again on the mound for the night game. Starting pitcher Jordan Gubelman (State College of Florida) slipped into trouble in the second inning, letting up a grand slam to Firebird slugger Jimmy Herron, quickly putting the Dores into a 5-0 hole.
However, the Dores weren’t going down without a fight on their home field. Falmouth catcher Austin Biggar (Georgia) came to play, showcasing both his defensive and offensive potential.
Not only did he throw out two baserunners, he brought some Mike Piazza-esque power, crushing a two run shot to left-center and ending Orlean’s shutout bid in the fifth.
Cam O’Neil (Holy Cross) nearly went back-to-back but his home run bid struck the center field wall. Daniel brought him home just one batter later, with an RBI double, his fourth run-scoring knock of the summer. Daniel is now hitting .500 with 8 hits, 2 doubles, 4 RBI and 3 runs.
The late game heroics by the Commodores were not enough as the Commodores fell 8-3 to the Firebirds in the second game of the day.
Falmouth splits the double-header with Orleans and both teams end the day with a 1-4 record thus far in the season.
PHOTO GALLERY: (Pictures taken by Josh Eastern)