BOURNE – The “Comeback Commodores” seemed to be unstoppable. But on Monday, they hit a brick wall: Bourne starter Mac Lardner.
The southpaw from Gonzaga was lights out through seven innings of work as the Braves shut down the Commodores, 14-0.
“I don’t know man, he was great,” ‘Dores starting first baseman Jackson Coutts. “He really hit his spots very well and mixed his speeds.”
Lardner only allowed two hits while tossing eight strikeouts and no walks against the ‘Dores.
The three Commodores to record hits were second baseman Hayden Cantrelle, right fielder Zach Deloach and pinch hitter Tyler Ras.
“Sometimes it happens,” Coutts said about Falmouth hitting. “It’s baseball and you can be on the wrong end of things and tomorrow is a new day.”
Bourne scored early with a sacrifice-fly from Braves designated hitter Jimmy Glowenke in the first. The right-handed bat from Dallas Baptist went one-for-three with two RBIS and scoring twice.
Since the bottom of the first, the Braves controlled the ball game scoring 14 unanswered runs.
“They don’t have a lot of power, but they are a good contact team,” pitching coach Mike Landry said about Bourne’s line-up. “They got some timely hits, a couple of bad bounces for us.”
‘Dores pitching struggled against Bourne. Falmouth starter Chris Gonzalez went four and two-thirds innings pitched giving up six runs and two walks. Three of those runs were unearned.
Commodores reliever Justin Wrobleski picked up from where Gonzalez left off allowing four runs and four hits through two and one-third innings.
UCLA product Sean Mullen couldn’t escape the eighth only recording one out and allowing four runs, four hits and three walks.
The winning pitcher was Braves (8-14) starter Mac Lardner. The losing pitcher was ‘Dores (11-9-1) starter Chris Gonzalez.
The final runs of the game came off a grand slam from Bourne’s Jackson Greer. The catcher from East Tennessee State tallied one hit, four RBIs and one walk.
Falmouth wasn’t clean in the field committing two errors while the Braves were perfect in the field.
Up Next: The Commodores will face the Hyannis Harbor Hawks 6 p.m. July 9 at Judy Walden Scarafile Field at McKeon Park.
“You’re going to have nights like this,” Landry said. “Sometimes you’re going to be a good side and tonight unfortunately we were on the bad end. But it happened and we’ll learn from it.”
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