Falmouth Loses Baseball Opener to League Champions
By: RICH MACLONE, April 3, 2014
Defending league champion Nauset used a three-run second inning rally to power themselves past Falmouth at Guv Fuller Field on Wednesday afternoon in the season-opener for the Clippers. NHS scratched across three runs to grab the lead and went on to hold off FHS by a 6-1 score.
Lefty Paul Prue led a Nauset pitching attack that limited the Clippers’ hitters all game long. Falmouth managed just three base hits in the game, singles by Jack O’Rourke, Blake Murphy and Cyrus Twombley. Other than that, Falmouth’s hitters were off-balance all game long as Prue did a good job of hitting his spots and mixing his pitches well. “We could have done a better job offensively, but it’s just one game,” coach Tom Kelliher said. “You don’t win a lot of games with just one run.”
Falmouth starter Ryan Johnson pitched well, but ran into a jam that proved costly in the second as a leadoff walk started it all. After getting the second batter of the inning to fly out, the first run of the game scored on a single. Johnson got a groundout for the second out of the inning and nearly escaped further damage, but Will Shackleford came up with a clutch single to score a run and then the next batter drove in another run with a hit.
Johnson escaped further damage by getting a fly out to center for the third out of the second. That started a run of six consecutive batters that the right-hander set down in a row. He’d finished the evening allowing just four hits and four walks, with five strikeouts over five innings of work.
Nick Perito worked the final two innings for the Clippers. He was touched up for three runs during his stint.
Falmouth did not go quietly. The Clippers had the makings of a rally in the bottom of the seventh, and were able to push across one run to ruin the Warriors’ shutout bid. Johnson led off the inning with a walk and went to second on a hard shot off the bat of Mike Couhig that nearly found the outfield, but was handled by the first baseman. Cyrus Twombley then smoked a pitch to left field to plate Johnson, but that was the end of the surge by FHS.
The Clippers are back in action this afternoon with a trip to Sandwich High School on tap. FHS takes on their rivals from SHS at 4 PM.