Pitching dominates as ‘Dores fall to Harbor Hawks

FALMOUTH, Mass. – The Falmouth Commodores’ bats were held in check on Wednesday night, as the club fell to the Hyannis Harbor Hawks 5–1 at Arnie Allen Diamond at Guv Fuller Field. The club has now lost four consecutive games. 

The Commodores’ offense plated just one run on four hits and struck out 15 times. Despite the team’s difficult night at the plate, center fielder Andrew Pinckney went 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season.

Philip Abner started on the mound for Falmouth, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out four batters. Camden Minacci delivered an impressive relief performance, striking out three batters in 2.1 hitless frames. Josh Stewart was also solid in his season debut, giving up just a pair of hits in two scoreless innings of work. Jake Peppers then allowed four runs in the final two innings of the contest. 

Pitching coach Mike Landry said despite the club’s current losing skid, he believes that there are positives to take away from the way the team has been throwing the ball recently.

“I think we’re pitching the ball well, [with] our starters and our bullpen,” Landry said. “We just got in a little bit of trouble with a couple of walks late, and they got a couple of timely hits to capitalize. So, if we can stay away from those walks and keep those guys off of base, I think we’re going to be right back in the right position.”

The Harbor Hawks struck first in this one, taking an early 1–0 lead in the top of the first inning. Catcher Jacob Campbell hit an RBI single that just dropped in front of left fielder Luke Boyers, scoring Mitch Jebb. 

The game then turned into a pitcher’s duel, as both clubs traded zeros until the bottom of the seventh inning. The Commodores’ bullpen was outstanding during this stretch, holding the Harbor Hawks scoreless and to just two hits. 

Hyannis also received dominant pitching, as starter Jackson Baumeister held Falmouth hitless through the first four innings of the contest. Center fielder Andrew Pinckney recorded the Commodores’ first hit of the game in the bottom of the fifth, grounding a single up the middle. 

“[I was] just trying to get on any way possible,” Pinckney said. “I was down two strikes and I was just trying to put the ball in play, and it worked out.”

The ’Dores got on the board in the bottom of the seventh, tying the game at 1–1. Pinckney hit a solo home run to center field, which was the center fielder’s first home run of the summer. 

Hyannis immediately responded in the top of the eighth inning, plating a run to take a 2–1 advantage against Falmouth. First baseman Nolan Schanuel lined an RBI triple that just stayed fair down the right field line, allowing Christian Moore to cross the plate.

The Harbor Hawks tacked on some insurance runs in the top of the ninth, extending their lead to 5–1 over the ’Dores. Moore walked with the bases loaded, forcing home Tito Flores. Schanuel drove home Campbell with a sacrifice fly to right field. Right fielder Rocco Peppi then blooped an RBI single to center field, scoring Cole McConnell. 

This would hold as the final score, as the ’Dores did not cross the plate in the bottom half of the inning. Landry said that as the club is going through this difficult stretch, the coaching staff wants the team to remain positive and continue to work to improve.

“It’s a tough league and it’s a grind,” Landry said. “We’ve been here before where we get stuck in a little bit of a rut. Basically, the message is, ‘Hey, let’s keep doing what we’re doing. Let’s build on the good stuff and let’s fix the stuff that we’re not doing quite right, and let’s get back on the winning track.’”

The loss drops Falmouth’s record to 5–10–1 on the summer. The Commodores will return to action at 7 p.m. June 30, as the club will host the Bourne Braves from Arnie Allen Diamond at Guv Fuller Field. 

Note: Featured image by Anders Saling.

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

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