07/07/08 – Commodores – Behind More Heroics from Jimmy Cesario – Win Wild One over Gatemen
Despite coming back from a 4-0 deficit after being no-hit though through four innings; highlighted by a Brett Eibner (Arksansa) grand-slam, the Wareham Gatemen were defeated by the Falmouth Commodores in a wild game at Arnie Allen Diamond. Trailing 7-6 with two outs in the 8th inning, Jimmy Cesario (Houston) hit an opposite field single; just out of the reach of RF Brett Eibner, that scored two runs and gave Falmouth an 8-7 lead. An Eibner error one play later would lead to what proved to be the winning run as the Falmouth Commodores defeated the Wareham Gatemen 9-8.
Falmouth 2B Jimmy Cesari0 post-game interview with Sam Eshelman.
Through 4 innings, Falmouth starting pitcher Nate Karns (Texas Tech) was throwing a no-hitter but he was replaced after walking Shea Vucinich (Washington State) to lead off the 5th. That was followed by a Jake Lemmerman (Duke) single and an rbi single by Blake Dean (LSU). An Aaron Baker (Oklahoma) walk would load the bases before Brett Eibner stepped to the plate and hit an opposite field grand-slam homerun to put the Gatemen in front 6-5. Falmouth tied the game in the bottom of the 6th before a Vucinich rbi ground out gave the lead back to the Gatemen.
Brett Eibner taking batting practice in Falmouth before his grandslam
After the Cesario clutch hit in the 8th that gave Falmouth the 9-7 lead going into the 9th, Wareham staged a comeback and threatened to tie or take the lead. Connor Rowe (Texas) singled to lead off the inning, “accidently” stole second on a strange play where the batter (Cole Leonida) thought he took ball 4. As Leonida started walking to first, Rowe began advancing to second base; only to realize that there were only 3 balls on the batter. The subsequent throw to second base by the catcher resulted in an error and Rowe advanced to third base. He would score on a wild pitch.
The Gatemen would then load the bases on a series of walks but Aaron Baker struck out to end a wild night of baseball in Falmouth. The losing pitcher for the Gatemen was Zach Brewster (Georgia Tech), who gave up 2 runs in 2.1 innings of relief. Starter Matt Way (Washington State) pitched 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits.