Falmouth falls to Hyannis at home

FALMOUTH, Mass. – The Falmouth Commodores struggled to muster timely hits in its 5-1 loss to the Hyannis Harbor Hawks, on Sunday night. The performance marks the second consecutive game in which the club’s offense plated just one run. 

Falmouth’s bats had a difficult night at the office, posting just one run and three hits. Brayden Taylor drove in the only run of the night, in a 1-for-4 effort. Jonathan French reached base three times, as he drew two walks and reached on a hit-by-pitch.

The Commodores struggled on the defensive side of the ball, allowing five runs and committing three errors. Despite these troubles, Chuck Harrison impressed on the mound by logging two scoreless innings of work. 

Harrison said that he mixed up his pitch selection, to keep the Harbor Hawks lineup at bay.  

“Definitely the fastball,” Harrison said when asked what his best was tonight. “[I was] getting ahead [with the fastball and] challenging the hitters, and then using the breaking ball accordingly.

The Harbor Hawks kicked off the scoring by jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Dominic Johnson cranked a two-run laser over the left field wall, driving home Kyle Ball. 

The Commdores’ offense was then held in check by Harbor Hawks’ starting pitcher Jonah Scolaro, who didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning. 

Assistant coach Ryan Ihle expressed that Scolaro’s pitch selection made it difficult for the club’s bats to get into a rhythm. But he said that the ‘Dores will look to quickly turn things around in its next contest. 

“I think we struggled to make some adjustments against their starter,” Ihle said. “He mixed three pitches, kept us off balance and tonight it was just kind of tough to hit. So, it’s just one of those nights, but we’ll get back at it tomorrow.”

Falmouth’s first hit of the night came on a booming RBI double to right-center field, by Taylor. The TCU product’s 13th RBI of the summer drove in French and trimmed the club’s deficit to 2-1.

But Hyannis put the game out of reach in the top of the eighth inning, extending its lead to 5-1 with a three-run frame. Ryan Romano plated a run with an RBI infield single. A pair of runners then came home to score on an RBI infield single, and a throwing error by ‘Dores shortstop Casey Harford. 

This would hold as the final score, as the ‘Dores were held scoreless in the final two innings of play. The loss drops the club’s record to 8-11-2 on the season. The Commodores will return to action against the Bourne Braves on July 19 at 6 p.m., from Doran Park. 

Note: Featured image by Meghan Murphy.

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

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