Bats contained in ‘Dores loss to Mariners

FALMOUTH, Mass. – The Falmouth Commodores struggled to receive timely hits on Wednesday night, stranding seven runners on base. This low offensive output led to the club’s 4-1 loss against the Harwich Mariners. 

Mariners’ starting pitcher Trey Dombroski was dominant, holding the ‘Dores to just one run in seven innings of work. Assistant coach Brett Becker said that he gives credit to the hurler but was pleased with Falmouth’s effort at the plate. 

“I thought we ran into one of the better arms in the league,” Becker said. “He kind of controlled the game, and you got to kind of tip your hat to him. We competed, we fought until the end, and it just wasn’t our night.”

While the bats were held in check, Michael Curialle impressed by posting a 3-for-4 performance. 

Falmouth’s pitching staff kept the team in the ballgame, limiting Harwich’s offense to just four runs. Alex Price delivered a respectable start, striking out four batters while allowing just one run in four innings of work. Lucas Gordon was solid in relief, fanning three batters without allowing an earned run, in two frames. 

Gordon said that he was pleased with the pitching staff’s ability to keep the club in the ballgame. 

“I think everyone battled pretty well,” Gordon said. “It was fun to watch them compete [and] throw strikes. It was just one of those days where we did stuff right and just didn’t make it happen.”

The Mariners turned on the scoreboard in the top of the third inning, taking a 1-0 lead. Tatem Levins drove in the first run of the night, lining an RBI single that glanced off of shortstop Casey Harford’s glove before rolling into left-center field.

The Commodores tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth, as Curialle helped bring home a run on a single down the left field line. The Bruin attempted to stretch this knock into a double, allowing Michael Handal to score while Curialle was caught in a rundown.

Harwich took the lead back in the seventh inning, posting a pair of runs to take a 3-1 advantage against Falmouth. Zack Prajzner gave his club the lead by launching a solo homer over the left-center field fence. Levins then drove home Pres Cavenaugh on an RBI single up the middle.

The Mariners added to their lead in the top of the eighth, extending their lead to 4-1. Prajzner reached base on a throwing error by Harford, allowing Josh Hood to score.  

This would hold as the final score, as the clubs traded zeros for the remainder of the contest. The loss drops Falmouth’s record to 13-15-2 on the summer. The Commodores will return to action on Friday against the Hyannis Harbor Hawks at 6 p.m., from McKeon Park. 

Note: Featured image by Mark Kasprzyk.

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

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