The Falmouth 12-year-old all-star team had its best showing of the year so far over the weekend at the Fairhaven/Acushnet Little League (FALL) invitational tournament. Falmouth’s squad advanced all the way to the championship game before running into a buzz saw from Dartmouth.
The Clippers won three games in a row out of the loser’s bracket to make it to the title game. Falmouth won its first game of the tournament on Friday, July 25, against Whaling City, of New Bedford, 7-3. They then lost a heartbreaker, 6-4, early Saturday, July 26, against Freetown, which had a bye in the first round, to fall into the loser’s bracket.
Falmouth rallied Saturday night to blow out Bridgewater, 11-2, and then came back to post back-to-back wins Saturday before the title game.
Saturday morning, Cam Rowell and Tyler Hersey combined to scatter six hits and allow just one run against the host team from FALL, winning by a 5-1 score. Rowell worked the first three. After giving up a run in the top of the first, he settled in to strike out three, scatter five hits and walk none. Hersey went the rest of the way, fanning six with just one walk and one hit allowed over three innings. He also launched a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to put the game out of reach. Max Porter and Brighton Hernandez each had two hits in the win.
With less than an hour’s rest, the team was back on the field to face Freetown in the semis and steamrolled the squad that had sent them to the loser’s bracket earlier in the tournament. Brighton Hernandez went the distance for Falmouth and gave a brilliant performance in a 10-3 win. Hernandez did not surrender an earned run in the game and struck out eight, while surrendering just four hits and three walks.
Hernandez also led an 11-hit attack. He went two for two, including a long home run, walked twice, and scored twice. Cam Rowell, Ethan Harper and Brian Foley each had two hits, as well. Jack Murphy, playing through a nagging injury, had an RBI single and walked in the game. Rye Maclone served as Murphy’s wheels for the game, and scored a run and stole a base.
Porter and Foley powered Falmouth on Saturday night. Porter worked four great innings, allowing just one earned run on four hits with four strikeouts. Foley tossed two shutout innings of relief.
Foley also homered at the plate in the blowout win to lead a 12-hit attack. Maclone, Porter and Ethan Harper each had two hits in the game as well. Cam Medeiros added a big hit in the contest.
Defensively, Falmouth played well throughout the tournament. Gio Borgese caught the majority of the innings, and was superb. He threw out several would-be base stealers while leading his pitching staff to some great showings. Hersey turned three double plays on Saturday at shortstop, while Hernandez, Ryan Costello and Foley turned in some great plays with the leather as well.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the way these kids played in the tournament,” coach Rich Maclone said. “Falmouth showed a ton of heart to reach the finals. They played the game the right way, and battled to get there.”