Commodores Can't Go To Well For 2nd Straight Night

 July 8, 2005


     They tried to go to the well for the second night in a row, but last night the Falmouth Commodores’ comeback attempt fell short. A night after rallying with two down in the bottom of the ninth to plate a pair and win 4-3 over Brewster the Commodores tried to do it again against Bourne last night. Unfortunately the bar had been set a bit higher for Falmouth against the Braves. Instead of trailing by just one at last call, this time the Commodores were down four, 6-2, heading into their final at-bat.

Falmouth did make it interesting, though. Thanks to a two-run jack over the right field fence by Mark Hamilton (Tulane), that screamed over the wall with Chad Huffman (Texas Christian) aboard, the Commodores had a chance. However, Bourne closer Michael Crotta (Florida Atlantic) would douse the fire from that point as got Jon Still (Stetson) to fly out to right and then Mike Ambort (Lamar) to ground to the shortstop to end the game.

With the loss Falmouth missed out on yet another chance to reach the .500 mark as well as pick up points on the division-leading Braves. Falmouth is now 8-10-1 overall while Bourne improved to 12-6-1.

The story of the night was the starting pitching by Bourne’s Gib Hobson (North Carolina State). The right-hander allowed a single in the top of the first inning to Falmouth’s Brandon Bowser (New Orleans), who would come around to score after a stolen base, ground ball and then scored on a wild pitch. From that point on, Hobson was in cruise control. 

The right-hander set down 14 straight Commodores and 21 out of 22 as the Braves built a 6-1 lead behind him. Falmouth finally began to hit the ball against Hobson in the eighth, as Ambort hit his first homer of the season and then Shelby Ford (Oklahoma State) smacked a single. But, Hobson got the next two men to escape further damage as he went on to improve to 3-1 on the season.

Bourne’s Beau Mills (Fresno State) was the offensive star for the Braves. The son of Red Sox bench coach Brad Mills had a run-scoring double in the fourth and a two-run homer in the sixth. The Braves went up 2-0 in the top of the first against Falmouth starter Dallas Buck (Oregon State) on a two-run single by Rob Widlansky (Florida Atlantic) after Buck had issued a two-out walk and hit a man. Buck took the loss in his first official game of the season as he allowed six earned over five and two-thirds. Mike Wagner (Vanderbilt) was impressive in relief, striking out seven of the 10 batters he faced. The Braves added a run in the fourth, on the double by Mills and then another in the fifth on a sac fly by Brad Lincoln (Houston). The Mills homer in the sixth made it 6-1 and the Braves were well on their way.

On Wednesday night the Commodores did pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat as the team rallied from a 3-2 deficit to win 4-3 over Brewster with two outs in the ninth. With two down, Ambort singled sharply to left-center and then the next batter, Ford, won the game for Falmouth with a single through the box that plated Still with the game-winning run.

Falmouth visits Harwich tonight at 7 PM. The team is home tomorrow for a 5:30 contest against Hyannis.


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