Commodores fall to red-hot Braves

The Falmouth Commodores fell to the Bourne Braves 6-3 on Friday night, at Guv Fuller Field. The loss marks the club’s fourth defeat at home, as the ‘Dores are still seeking their first victory in Falmouth. 

The Commodores struggled to get timely hits for the second straight night, as they only recorded five hits and plated three runs. Manager Jeff Trundy said that while his club has room to improve, he felt that Bourne’s pitching staff did a good job keeping the offense in check. 

“I thought Bourne pitched well,” Trundy said. “At times I think we need to do a little better job making adjustments…[But] pitching is generally going to dominate hitting, and I thought tonight [was] a good case of that.”

Despite the club’s quiet night at the dish, Anthony Hall impressed by going 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored. Brayden Taylor also had a solid game, as he went 1-for-3 with an RBI. 

Falmouth’s pitching staff had a tough night at the office, allowing 12 hits and six runs. Despite these struggles, Andrew Yancik and Levi Wells produced by closing the contest with three scoreless innings of work. The relievers also struck out three batters each.

Bourne opened the scoring in this one, taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Colton Bender lined an RBI ground rule double down the right field line, plating Cayden Wallace.

The Braves extended their lead to 4-0 in the third inning, bringing home a trio of runners. Max Anderson hit an RBI double into the left-center field gap, scoring Joe Lampe. This was followed Dalton Rushing launching a two-run home run over the right-center field wall, bringing home Anderson. 

Falmouth got on the board in the bottom half of the frame, trimming their deficit to 4-2 against Bourne. Taylor plated the club’s first run on an RBI single to right field, driving in Hall. Later in the inning, Luke Boyers crossed the plate on a passed ball. 

The clubs then traded zeros until the top of the seventh inning, when the Braves tacked on a pair of runs. Christian Knapczyk hit an RBI single to left field, scoring Lampe. Bender then provided Bourne with a 6-2 lead over the ‘Dores, driving home Knapczyk an RBI single to right-center field.

The ‘Dores cut their deficit to 6-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning, as Hall launched a solo home run over the right field wall. The blast was the Oregon product’s first home run of the season.

This would hold as the final score, as neither team would cross the plate in the final inning of play. Hall said that the team will look to turn the page in its next contest. 

“This game is all about adjustments,” Hall said. “We’ve got to look forward to the next game, [we] can’t really do much [more].”

The loss drops the club’s record to 4-4-2 on the campaign, while Bourne improves its record to 8-0-2. The Commodores will return to action on July 3 at 5 p.m., as they will take on the Cotuit Kettleers at Lowell Park.

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

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