Commodores winning streak snapped at four

By: Greg Levinsky

HARWICH – In a meeting of the Cape Cod League’s top pitching staffs, the Falmouth Commodores fell 4-1 to the Harwich Mariners on Friday at Whitehouse Field. 

Seeing their four-game winning streak come to a close, the Commodores (17-15-1) dropped the final game of the season series to the Mariners (15-18-2). Falmouth owns the league’s top ERA, but it was head coach Jeff Trundy’s offense that sputtered.

“I thought we had some good at-bats,” Trundy said. “We just couldn’t get a hit when we needed it early in the game.”

Commodores starting pitcher Mitchell Stone (Oklahoma State) began his outing against the Mariners with four scoreless frames.

Stone was called for a balk with runners on first and second and one out in the bottom of the fourth. He followed with a strikeout and induced pop out to escape the jam and keep the game scoreless.

The Mariners struck in the bottom of the fifth. They began with back-to-back singles off Stone, and he issued a walk to load the bases with no outs. Stone was lifted for Mitchell Miller (West Texas A&M) without recording an out in the fifth.

A broken bat by Danny Casals (Maine) helped bring in the first two runs of the game for the Mariners. Commodores first baseman Davis Sims (Western Kentucky) picked the ball cleanly, but an errant throw plated two. The Mariners doubled the lead in the bottom of the eighth.

Miller pitched 3.1 innings in what Trundy called his “best outing” of the summer.

“I’m pretty sure he felt good about it,” Trundy said. “I know we do .”

The Commodores did get oe run across in their final ups, as Logan Davidson (Clemson) doubled and came in to score on a pinch-hit single by Steven Williams (Auburn).

Mariners starter Ricky DeVito (Seton Hall) struck out 10 in six innings to pick up the win.

“He threw multiple pitches for strikes,” Trundy said. “He made it tough on us.”

Up next: Commodores host Hyannis on Saturday July 21 at 6:00 p.m. at Guv Fuller Field. 

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