Defensive struggles lead to ‘Dores loss

BREWSTER, Mass. – The Falmouth Commodores were overpowered by the Brewster Whitecaps offense on Friday night, falling 8-3 at Stony Brook Field. The loss halted the club’s win streak at three games. 

First baseman Kris Armstrong said that while the defeat is disappointing for the club, it will look to return to its winning ways in its next contest.

“Baseball is a hard game,” Armstrong said. “So, we just got to come back tomorrow and start swinging it and pitching it. So, it’s all you can do.”

The Commodores’ bats had a respectable night at the office, logging seven hits and a trio of runs. Armstrong remained red-hot at the dish, going 3-for-4 with an RBI, two runs scored and a homer. 

Falmouth struggled on the defensive side of the ball, allowing eight runners to cross the plate. The club also committed three errors in the contest, resulting in one of these runs being unearned. 

The Whitecaps struck first early in this one, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Alex Freeland reached base on a single and later came around to score on a throwing error by Commodores’ catcher Taylor Smith. 

Armstrong tied the ballgame in the top of the fourth, crushing a solo jack over the center field wall. The dinger was the Florida Gator’s second home run in as many days, and marked his fourth long ball of the summer. 

Falmouth then plated a pair of runs in the sixth inning, taking a 3-1 lead over Brewster. Armstrong hustled home on a wild pitch to score his second run of the night. Michael Curialle then drove home Smith with an RBI fielder’s choice. 

But everything unraveled for the Commodores in the seventh inning, as the Whitecaps erupted for five runs, taking a 6-3 lead. Chad Castillo opened the scoring with an RBI ground-rule double. Trey Faltine then brought in a pair of runs on a single and a throwing error by third baseman Jake Dukart. Faltine then crossed the plate on a wild pitch. The outburst was capped off by Cooper Weiss scoring on a bunt single by Mac Bingham. 

Manager Jeff Trundy said that while the club had tough inning defensively, he was impressed with how his group played. 

“We didn’t take care of the baseball as well as we could have,” Trundy said. “We gave them too many opportunities during that inning. But, for the most part I thought we played pretty well.”

Falmouth’s deficit was extended in the eighth inning, as Brewster took an 8-3 lead by plating another pair of runs. Porter Brown showed off his speed by just beating out a two-run infield single.

This would hold as the final score, as the ‘Dores were held scoreless in the ninth inning. The loss drops the club’s record to 8-9-2 on the season. The Commodores will return to action against the Harwich Mariners on July 17 at 5:30 p.m., from Whitehouse Field. 

Note: Featured image by Joe Cavanaugh.

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