Commodores ‘stache first playoff victory against Braves

FALMOUTH – Guv Fuller Field was electric. Fans showed up in droves. There was never a moment of silence. It was just like a movie.

And the Commodores were the stars of the film. Tonight’s matchup against the Bourne Braves was a drama. Two sides equally matched. Everything counted up to the last out.

But between strong pitching and early bats, the ‘Dores topped the Braves, 3-2.

“It was key to jump out front,” Trundy said. “We played good defense. We pitched really well and you know what we grinded.”

The Commodores jumped out to an early three-run lead within the first two innings.

First baseman Jackson Coutts started the rally with an RBI single in the bottom of the first. Then, in the second, outfielders Blake Dunn and Zach Deloach tallied their own RBIs.

Dunn and Deloach were the only two Commodores to have multi-hit games.

Right Fielder Zach Deloach hi-fives teammates as he heads into the dugout. Photo by Meghan Murphy.

“We just gotta keep going,” Deloach said. “We’re towards the end of the season and we gotta have more fun than the other team. I think that’s what coach Trundy, as well as the rest of the team, wants us to do and stay on top of.”

The Commodores notched seven of their nine hits within the first and the second innings.

Even though Falmouth’s hitting went quiet, the ‘Dores stepped up on the bump.

Commodores starter Carmen Mlodzinski set the tone for Falmouth hurling five scoreless innings. The right-hander from South Carolina struck out three batters and gave up five hits as he earned the victory.

“Carmen was awesome,” Trundy said. “He is always under command. He’s got great poise out there and the kid wants the ball.”

Falmouth starter Carmen Mlodzinski dazzles in his first playoff start. Photo by Meghan Murphy.

From there, relievers Sam Weatherly and Tyler Ras dominated which set up the save opportunity for closer Zach Brzycky.

It was a stressful ending of the game, but with two runners on and two outs, Brzycky talked with catcher Troy Claunch and he retired the side.

“I had to call him up to the mound and say, ‘Hey, what are we doing for signs?’,” Brzycky said. “He then said, ‘We are doing normal signs,” so I got confused on the signs. But from there, we were locked in and were on the same page.”

If you haven’t noticed, the ‘Dores are sporting playoff mustaches for the remainder of the season and Brzycky is enjoying the look.

“I love the ‘stache,” the reliever from Virginia Tech said. “I think it’s a great thing for the team and it gives us some mojo.”

Closer Zach Brzycky rocks new mustache. Mojo is at full capacity. Photo by Meghan Murphy.

Some aren’t planning on joining in the mustachioed group of players, but enjoy the spectacle.

“I’m probably not,” Trundy said to whether or not he’d grow a mustache. “I enjoy it. I think it’s kinda neat that these guys are doing something and I think that only reflects on how close they are.”

Up Next: The Commodores will head to Bourne for game two against the Braves 6 p.m. at Doran Park.

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