Falmouth’s bats go quiet in loss to Hyannis

The Falmouth Commodores fell to the Hyannis Harbor Hawks 5-2 on Wednesday night, at Guv Fuller Field. The club’s third loss of the season was a result of the offense struggling to receive timely hitting.

Falmouth’s bats were quiet for the majority of the contest, as they only managed four hits and a pair of runs. Despite these offensive struggles, Jake Dukart had a solid night, going 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk. The third baseman said that he believes the club’s low-scoring performance was a result of a lack of patience at the plate. 

“We were getting behind in counts and we weren’t fighting with two strikes like we were yesterday,” Dukart said. “That’s been a good success for us this season.”

While Hyannis plated five runs against the ‘Dores, Falmouth’s bullpen dominated in five scoreless innings of work. Tyler Tuthill was among the hurlers that delivered a solid outing, striking out three batters in two shutout frames. 

The Harbor Hawks wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, as they took a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Mitchell Hartigan opened the scoring with an RBI single to center field, plating Kyle Ball. This was followed by Marcos Pujols lining a two-run single to left-center field, scoring Zane Harris and Hartigan. The offensive outburst was capped off by Dominic Johnson hitting an RBI triple to right-center field, scoring Pujols.  

The Commodores got one of these runs back in the bottom of the second inning, trimming their deficit to 4-1 against the Harbor Hawks. Taylor Smith hit an RBI single to left field, driving home Dukart.

Hyannis added to their lead in the fourth inning, as Caden Rose brought home Mariano Ricciardi with an RBI single to left field. The knock prompted the ‘Dores to trail 5-1. 

Falmouth trimmed its deficit to 5-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Dukart drew a bases-loaded walk to plate Anthony Hall.

This would hold as the final score, as the Commodores and Harbor Hawks traded zeros for the remainder of the contest. This can partly be attributed to Falmouth’s solid bullpen performance. Tommy Sommer, Jackson Phipps, Michael Esposito and Tuthill combined for five innings of no-run ball.   

Pitching coach Mike Landry said that he was impressed with the bullpen’s ability to keep the club in the ballgame. 

“They did a great job,” Landry said. “We keep harping on trying to be aggressive in the zone, trying to command the plate, and being efficient as possible, and those guys went out [and did that].”

The loss drops the club’s record to 4-3-2 on the campaign. The Commodores will return to action on July 2 at 6 p.m., as they will host the Bourne Braves at Guv Fuller Field.

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Tommy Mumau can be reached at tmumau@ithaca.edu. Follow him on Twitter @tommymumau13.

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