Commodores Hot Bats Earn Two Straight Wins

Lefty Matt Hall gave a great performance to pick up his first win of the season on June 24, working seven strong shutout innings.
RICH MACLONE/ENTERPRISE - Lefty Matt Hall gave a great performance to pick up his first win of the season on June 24, working seven strong shutout innings.

After struggling at the plate for most of a week, the Falmouth Commodores found their swings and posted a pair of back-to-back lopsided victories. Playing on consecutive nights at the Arnie Allen Diamond, Falmouth lambasted visiting Harwich by an 8-3 score on Tuesday night, June 24, and then came back to the field on Wednesday, June 25, to post a big divisional win over Hyannis, 9-1.

Falmouth (6-7-1) exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the third inning to permanently take charge against the Harbor Hawks on Wednesday night. The contest featured five home runs in total, with the Commodores leaving the yard three times in the game.

Matt Eureste (San Jacinto) and Shaun Chase (Oregon) both connected on their first round-trippers of the season. Conner Hale (LSU) left the yard for the second time this season.

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Falmouth sent 12 men to the plate in the inning, with the big frame beginning with Chase’s homer that gave his team a 1-0 lead. Trevor Morrison (Oregon State) restarted the surge with a single and then Eureste walked, with a wild pitch moving the two men into scoring position with Sam Gillikin (Auburn) at the plate. Gillikin opened things up with an RBI single that made it 3-0.

Another wild pitch by Hyannis’s Joseph Shaw (Dallas Baptist) put Gillikin at second, and Steven Duggar (Clemson) walked to put two aboard for Hale. The hit parade continued with a single to left by Hale, driving in Gillikin, and then Cam O’Brien (West Virginia) followed with another single for the Commodores, making it a 5-0 game. That chased Shaw from the game.

New pitcher Ryan Perez (Judson) did not fare much better. He opened things up by walking Conor Costello (Oklahoma State) and then issued a bases-loaded free pass to Jake Madsen (Ohio) for the sixth Falmouth run of the frame.

Chase’s second at-bat of the inning resulted in a strikeout and then Morrison lifted a sacrifice fly left for the seventh run of the inning. Perez then finally ended the agony for the Hawks by getting Eureste to ground out to end the inning.

On the hill for Falmouth, Kevin McCanna (Rice) continued his strong year with his third win in as many starts. This one saw him go a season-high seven innings as he allowed just one run on four hits with two strikeouts and no walks.

Tuesday night, the Commodores scored a pair of runs in four different innings as they built an 8-0 lead before Brewster scored a few meaningless late runs.

The Commodores pounded out 14 hits in the game, with Duggar leading the way with a 3-for-4 night with two runs scored and two runs batted in. O’Brien drove in three runs and had a triple for Falmouth.

Starter Matt Hall (Missouri State) kept the Whitecaps off-balance all night long. He went seven strong innings, allowing just three hits with two walks and five strikeouts. He earned the victory on the hill, his first of the season so far. Through 16 innings of work, over three starts, Hall has allowed just one earned run.

Falmouth is on the road June 27, with a game at Yarmouth-Dennis at 5. On June 28 at 6:30 PM, the Commodores will host Wareham and on Sunday, June 29, at 5:30 PM, division-leading Bourne visits Falmouth.

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