FALMOUTH, Mass. – The Falmouth Commodores dropped the final game of the regular season 6–1 to the Cotuit Kettleers at Arnie Allen Diamond at Guv Fuller Field.
The Commodores’ offense was contained on Tuesday night, scoring just one run on five hits. Catcher Daniel Neri drove in the club’s only run of the night, picking up an RBI groundout. First baseman Jacob Walsh had a solid evening, as he went 2-for-3 in the contest.
Falmouth went to a total of eight pitchers in this one, and the staff allowed six runs on nine hits. Josh Roberge got the start, allowing four runs while striking out two batters in a pair of innings. Each of the runs the Southern New Hampshire University product allowed came in the first inning.
Kaleb Corbett was solid in relief, giving up an unearned run while fanning two batters in a hitless frame. Luke Malone was the next pitcher to make an appearance, yielding a run during an inning of work. Leo Giannoni, Garrett Coe, Nolan Morr, Josh Stewart and AJ Causey then combined to blank the opposition for the remainder of the game, as they each threw a scoreless frame.
Pitching coach Mike Landry said that despite falling in the last game of the regular season, the club will look to turn the page when the postseason begins Thursday.
“We definitely would’ve loved to have ended the season at home with a win,” Landry said. ”We got off to a tough start and settled in, but just couldn’t do it with the bats to catch up unfortunately tonight. But, [it’s] not something that we’re going to dwell on.”
The Kettleers got the bats going early in this one, taking a 4–0 lead over the ’Dores in the top of the first inning. Left fielder Carter Trice drew a walk with the bases loaded, scoring CJ Kayfus. Right fielder Eddie Park then hit an infield RBI single on a groundball to shortstop, plating Tommy Troy. Second baseman Trotter Harlan followed this by hitting a groundball to shortstop and reaching on a fielder’s choice, driving in Calvin Harris. Trice capped off the scoring by crossing the plate after a wild pitch by Roberge.
Cotuit added another run in the top of the third, extending its lead to 5–0. Center fielder Enrique Bradfield drove home Park with a sacrifice fly to left field.
The Kettleers crossed the plate again in the top of the fourth inning, prompting the Commodores to trail 6–0. Harlan hit an RBI single through the left side of the infield, bringing home Trice.
The ’Dores got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth, trimming their deficit to 6–1. Neri hit an RBI groundout to second base, plating Patrick Roche.
This would hold as the final score, as neither team would cross the dish for the rest of the game. Left fielder Jace Bohrofen lined a single to right field with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but he was ultimately left on base.
The loss provides Falmouth with a 19–21–4 record to end the 2022 regular season. As the club wrapped up its regular slate of games, Bohrofen said he and the team are looking forward to beginning the postseason.
“We’re feeling pretty confident,” Bohrofen said. “I feel like we can beat anyone. So, as long as we just keep playing with a lot of confidence … I think everything else will take care of itself.”
The Commodores will return to the diamond on August 4 in the Western Division Semifinal, but their opponent is yet to be determined. The Kettleers will host the Bourne Braves at 4:30 p.m. August 3 from Lowell Park, which will decide who wins the West Division. Falmouth has secured fourth place in the West, meaning they will face off against the division winner.
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