Late offensive surge fuels Commodores over Mariners in opening day pitchers’ duel

FALMOUTH – It was a waiting game. The Commodores’ Tommy Sheehan and Mariners’ Logan Allen kept the bats silent.

But when the bullpen came in, outfielder Blake Dunn and the ‘Dores opened the flood gates, as the Falmouth Commodores surged past the Harwich Mariners, 7-2 at Arnie Allen Diamond at Guv Fuller Field.

“I really like the effort our kids put out tonight,” manager Jeff Trundy said. “We ran the bases really well. I thought we had some good, competitive at bats through those couple of innings.”

Even though the Mariners secured the first lead of the game, the ‘Dores were able to bounce back quickly.

The offense was sparked by first baseman Ben Casparius in the bottom of the sixth inning. Casparius hit an RBI single up the middle for the ‘Dores first run of the season, tying the game at one.

First baseman Ben Casparius (right) meets pitcher Tommy Sheehan (left) at first base. Photo by Meghan Murphy.

Then, with the bases loaded and one out, Western Michigan product Blake Dunn hit a two-RBI single to give Falmouth a 3-1 lead. Dunn went two-for-four at the plate with a stolen base and two-RBIs.

“It’s the first couple of games back after not seeing live pitching for awhile,” Dunn said. ” I was just trying to get my timing back. I was able to stick to the approach and get it through the middle of the field.”

From there, the Commodores scored four runs to take a commanding six run lead into the eighth.

“It’s awesome knowing that everybody out here is going to make plays,” Dunn said. “We’ve all got each other’s backs and I’m looking forward to seeing what else this team can do for the rest of the year.”

Commodores’ starter Tommy Sheehan was lights out through four innings pitched. He threw four strikeouts with no runs, no walks and three hits.

“I was going out there and trying to have fun,” Sheehan said. “It was a good start and I’m looking forward to getting back out on the mound.”

Mariners’ starter Logan Allen matched Sheehan’s mastery on the bump. Allen pitched seven strikeouts allowing no runs and one hit through five innings pitched.

‘Dores reliever Logan Hofmann had a strong outing on the hill. Hofmann went three innings with six strikeouts, only allowing one earned run.

Logan Hofmann puts another “K” on the board. Photo by Meghan Murphy.

On the base path, Falmouth (1-0) went six for seven in steal attempts.

17 ‘Dores saw action against the Harwich Mariners (0-1). With tons of temporary players on the roster, many are on the hunt to stay with the ‘Dores for as long as they can.

“We have to see what happens as we move forward,” Trundy said. “We still got other players to come in and it’s difficult sometimes to know that maybe you’re not a guy who’s going to be here all summer. But they are going out and playing hard and having fun. That’s what we want them to do.”

The winning pitcher was Falmouth right-hander Logan Hofmann. The losing pitcher was Harwich right-hander Antonio Menendez.

The Commodores look to ride their opening day victory against the Wareham Gatemen 6 p.m. June 11th at Allen Arnie Diamond at Guv Fuller Field.

Florida International’s Franco Aleman is slated to start for the ‘Dores. Aleman held a 3.93 ERA with 53 strikeouts in 14 appearances for the Panthers.

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