CHATHAM – The Commodores lost a tough 4-2 battle to the Chatham Anglers at a misty Veterans Field, dropping to second in the Western Division. Robbie Peto took his second loss of the season, after pushing through four innings of three run ball. Chatham also clinched a playoff spot in the East.
Falmouth scored the first run of the night in the top of the second, when Austin Langworthy (Florida) walked with the bases-loaded to earn his tenth RBI of the season, bringing home Josh Breaux.
Chatham would answer right back in the bottom of the inning, scoring two after a Mason Koppens’ RBI single and a Kyle Baker deep fly, that was robbed by Hunter Steinmetz (Missouri St) at the wall in left-center. The second run for the Anglers came on that sacrifice fly.
Chatham’s starter, Matt Hammer, couldn’t record an out in the third before Coach Schiffner took the righty out of the game and brought in Joe Lienhard, who had shut down the Commodores in 3.1 IP last time the two teams met a Guv Fuller Field.
The story remained the same for Lienhard, who silenced Falmouth’s top ranked line-up through five while striking out six. The ‘Dores couldn’t get anything going against the righty from Oklahoma St., and were set down 1-2-3 in three of his five innings.
Will Ethridge (Ole Miss) relieved Peto to start the fifth and tossed two perfect innings to keep the Anglers at bay, racking up three strikeouts.
He was then replaced in the seventh by Zach Leban (Kansas) who finished the game for Falmouth.
In the eighth inning, the Commodore offense was awakened by an absolute blast from Alec Bohm (Wichita St.), who hit one onto the street beyond the hill in right field in Veterans Field. His oppo-taco cut the then Chatham lead to one, 3-2.
George Janca (Texas A&M) walked then after, he then reached second on a passed ball, and took third on a Clayton Daniel (Jacksonville St) ground out. Falmouth had the tying run just 90-feet away with one out, but couldn’t bring him home after a strikeout and a line-out to the shortstop.
In the bottom of the eighth, John Aiello (Wake Forest U) launched a ball into the hill in right field extending the Anglers lead to two, scoring their fourth run of the game.
It was then up to Josiah Gray (LeMoyne College) to close out the game, and to clinch a playoff spot for Chatham. He did his job and struck out the side in the top of the ninth winning the game in front of the Angler’s faithful.
- With Bourne’s win, Falmouth falls to 2nd in the tight Western Division with just 6 more games to go.
- Lienhard has now pitched 8.1 scoreless innings against the Commodores in 2 appearances.
- Alec Bohm’s home run was his 5th of the season, his first since the 16th of July (9 games).
- The Commodores are back in action against the West tomorrow at home against the Wareham Gatemen, first pitch at 6:00 pm.