Commodores Still Kicking With Four Games Left

 August 2, 2005


     “There’s still a pulse,” Falmouth Manager Jeff Trundy said after his team won its third straight game last night at the Arnie Allen Diamond, keeping the team’s postseason hopes alive. With their third win in a row, a 6-0 win over hapless Hyannis (7-31-1), the Commodores improved to 19-20-1 overall and within four points of second place Cotuit as Falmouth makes a push for its second straight season in the Cape League playoffs. Bourne (23-16-1, 47 points) has all but wrapped up first place already.

Falmouth all-star catcher Jon Still
makes a bid on a foul ball.
Tim Schorer / Enterprise

Cotuit leaped into second place yesterday and has 43 points (20-17-3) in the standings. Wareham, which lost in extra innings despite nine innings of no-hit pitching by Dan Bard, is now in third place with 42 points (20-18-2). With four games left for each team, the Commodores need some help, but they are still alive thanks to a current three-game win streak.

“We just have to play hard, and have fun. We’ll see what happens,” Trundy said after watching all-star Tim Norton (Connecticut) spin a gem against the Mets, holding them to two hits over seven innings with eight strikeouts and no walks. Norton improved to 4-1 on the season and lowered his earned run average to just 1.80 and now leads the Cape League with 70 strikeouts over 55 innings of work.

Offensively the Commodores were hardly impressive, managing just three hits, but they made the most of poor Mets pitching. The Commodores did all of the damage they would need to do in the top of the first as, with two outs, Mark Hamilton (Tulane) and Jon Still (NC State) walked in front of Shelby Ford (Oklahoma State). Ford then connected for Falmouth’s first hit of the night as he bombed a three-run homer over the center field wall.

The Commodores would add one more in the third and two in the fourth. In the third, Brandon Daguio (Pepperdine) walked with one away, went to second when Hamilton walked, stole third and scored on a fielder’s choice off of Still’s bat. In the fourth, Warren McFadden (Tulane) and Brad Stephenson (East Carolina) both walked to lead the frame off and would score on a pair of errors by the Mets.

Falmouth’s pitching did the job the rest of the way. Norton fanned batters in each inning except the seventh and allowed only a third-inning Texas League single and another single in the sixth. Steve MacFarland (Lamar) worked as a scoreless eighth inning and Mike Wagner (Vanderbilt) finished things off in the ninth.

The Commodores have today off and then host an important match-up against Wareham. Wareham Lefty Wade Leblanc (3-2, 2.08 ERA) faces Dallas Buck ( 1-3, 4.91) in the 7 PM game. Thursday is also an off day.


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