Written by Kathleen Szmit
When the Falmouth Commodores took on Hyannis in Hyannis on Wednesday, they didn’t know what hit them. But the home team sure did.
What hit them was Chris Dominguez who clocked not one, not two, but three massive home runs during the game to lift Hyannis to a 6-4 win over Falmouth.
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HIT MAN – Chris Dominguez was the hero of the game on Wednesday when he smacked three home runs over the fence to lift Hyannis above Falmouth with a 6-4 win.
Dominguez, now the league leader in homers with six total, almost made it look easy, as if smacking big hits is a walk in the park (at least a walk in the ballpark).
Hyannis had two outs and one man on during the first inning when Dominguez stepped to the plate. Looking confident and relaxed, he brought the bat around to connect perfectly with the pitch from Falmouth’s Alex Wilson, launching it way up and over the center field fence.
Dominguez did it again in the sixth, this time hitting a solo homer, before capping off his hitting in the eighth with another two-run shot to give Hyannis a 6-2 lead against the Commodores.
In four at-bats Dominguez had three hits, three homers and five RBIs.
Not only was Dominguez stellar at-bat, his fielding was also spot-on, much to the Commodores’ dismay. In the seventh the 6’5” third baseman snagged a hit from Joey Wong before rocketing it to Ben Paulsen on first for a beautiful double play.
Then, in the eighth, with the bases loaded, Dominguez grabbed a bullet from Darrin Ruf before running to third for an unassisted double.
While it certainly seemed like Dominguez was the star of the show, others on the team also performed well.
Pitching dynamo Andrew Carraway – third overall in Cape League category standings – pitched six solid innings to collect his third win of the season, allowing seven hits with only two runs, while striking out seven.
Russ Brewer allowed two runs in the ninth but forced a fly out from Rob Segedin to earn his 10th save, preserving his spot as the league leader in saves.
At bat, Trent Ashcraft and Ben Paulsen went 1-for-4 with a run each and an RBI for Paulsen. Paulsen also turned in a terrific pickoff of Ruf in the sixth on a throw from Hyannis catcher Michael Glantz.
At press time Hyannis was in a three-way tie with Cotuit and Bourne for the top spot in the Western Division, with the slight advantage of one less loss than the Kettleers and the Braves, though each team had 24 points.
Hyannis hosts the Y-D Red Sox tonight at 7 p.m. at McKeon. Dominguez, get your bat!