Commodores Drop Third Straight

 June 21, 2005


     There were many similarities to last season for the Falmouth Commodores on display yesterday afternoon. Like last year, the Commodores have started out the season slowly as they dropped their third game in five tries, falling to 1-3-1 thus far. Last year Falmouth went 0-5 before catching fire. Also, like last year, the Commodores found themselves matched up against Yarmouth-Dennis in a tight game, and it was Y-D that defeated Falmouth in the Cape Cod Baseball League championship series. 

Falmouth third baseman Matt Antonelli
throws out a runner on a close play
during Falmouth's extra inning loss to Harwich.
Tin Schorer / Enterprise

     On a day when both the Cape League trophy and the Boston Red Sox World Series trophy were on display at Red Wilson Field, the Y-D Red Sox once again gave their fans something to cheer about at the Commo-doresí expense as they scored a walk-off victory, 5-4, over the Falmouth entrant in the Cape Cod Baseball League. Y-Dís Jim Rappaport smacked a game-winning wall ball single to plate Brian Kervin in the bottom of the ninth inning to send Fal-mouth down to its third straight defeat.

     The afternoonís contest was a back-and-forth affair that saw Falmouth strike first, Y-D claim a 3-1 lead, Falmouth rally for a 4-3 advantage, and finally Y-D score the winner. The loss came on the heels of a 10-inning, 2-1 loss to Harwich the night before and an 8-2 defeat at the hands of Cotuit the day before that.

     The Commodores struck first, in the second inning, but only posted one run against a pitcher that they had on the ropes early as Y-Dís Brandon Morrow had trouble finding the plate. One-out walks to Mike Ambort and Jon Still gave the Commodores two runners aboard, but then Morrow came back to get Brian Bocock to foul out to third base. With two down, Falmouthís Aaron Garza began a great day at the plate by driving in Am-bort with a liner to center. Un-fortunately, though, one was all Falmouth would get.

     The Sox came back with one in the second and two in the third inning as they made Falmouth starter Mike Wagner work hard. In the second, an infield single by Eric Larson, a single by Joe Leeman, and a pair of sacrifices plated a run.. Then, in the third, an error by Wagner hurt the pitcher as he made a throwing miscue on a bunt to leadoff hitter Brian Kervin, who would come around to score on a dou-ble by Rappaport.Chris Errecart followed with a single that scored Rappaport to give Y-D a two-run advantage.

     Falmouth got one back in the fourth as Chad Huffman led off with a single, stole second, and scored on a hit by Garza to left field. In the sixth inning, Garza (2-for-4) would add his third RBI of the day as he drove in Am-bort, who walked and went to third on a double by Bocock, with a fielderís choice to second base. Brandon Bowser then made it a 4-3 Falmouth lead as he doubled in Bocock.

     Unfortunately for Falmouth, the Commodores could not hold the lead. Y-Dís Nick Moresi made Travis Risser pay for hitting him with a pitch to lead off the sev-enth as he came around to score on a bunt single by Kervin.

     Y-D would then pull the game out with one in the ninth inning. After Risser fanned the leadoff man, Kervin reached on a walk and stole second. Riley then walked as well, setting the stage for Rappaport, who missed a home run by about 12 inches as he launched a long fly to right-center that scraped the wall with the game-winning run.

     Falmouth hosts Y-D tonight in a rematch at the Arnie Allen Diamond at 7 PM.


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