FALMOUTH – After taking over first place in the West Division last night the Commodores wasted no time in separating themselves from the pack. The Hyannis Harborhawks were in town looking to spoil Falmouth’s recent success but were soundly defeated 7-1.
It’s been awhile since Marty Bechina has blasted a home run at Guv Fuller Field but tonight the fans got to see that Marty magic once more. The home run derby participant got his swagger back and launched a two run bomb in the bottom of the third, laying the foundation for a victory. It was his first long ball in three weeks.
Despite the final result, it was Hyannis who got on the board early, scoring one in the first. But that’s all they would get off of Falmouth starting pitcher Matt Mercer. The Oregon righty tied a season high with seven strikeouts over six innings and only allowed that one run, setting the tone defensively for the ‘Dores. It was his second straight start with seven K’s.
The trio of Janca, Davidson, and Steinmetz sparked some offense in the eighth after a four inning drought, expanding the Falmouth lead to six and crippling any hope of a comeback for the Harborhawks.
George Janca got things started, sending a two run missile over the centerfield fence for his fifth home run. After a Bechina (Michigan State) single, Logan Davidson kept the hit parade going with a ground rule double that just missed being a home run, putting runners on second and third.
The next run would score on a wild pitch and then it was Hunter Steinmetz (Missouri State) who ripped a single, scoring Davidson (Clemson).
The Falmouth pitching staff has done an extraordinary job over the last two nights, only allowing three runs over eighteen innings. The starting pitchers tossed gems in the two games but also received great support out of the bullpen.
Coming out of the pen tonight was Derrick Adams (Jacksonville State) and Brian Gadsby (UCLA). The two combined for three scoreless innings, two strikeouts, and only allowed two hits, clinching the victory for the Commodores.
The win keeps Falmouth in first place with just seven games remaining. The ‘Dores will get back to some inter-league play tomorrow night as they travel to Chatham to take on the Anglers. First pitch is at 7 PM at Veterans Field with the Commodore Call Pregame ShowCommodore Call Pregame Show at 6:45.