WAREHAM, MA: In a rare Cape League double-header, the Falmouth Commodores won a tight game dominated by the pitching 2-1 over the Wareham Gatemen 2-1 at Spillane Field on Tuesday afternoon.
With two games on tap, it was important for both teams to get strong starting pitching outings by their respective starting pitchers and both delivered. Playing only 7 scheduled innings for double-headers in the Cape League, Gatemen starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull (Alabama) pitched 5 of those innings, striking out 4, allowing 8 hits, walking just 2 and allowing a single earned run. He was slightly out-pitched by Falmouth starter Craig Schlitter (Bryant College) who matched Turnbull’s 5 innings, struck out 6, walked 2, scattered just 4 hits and gave up an earned run.
The Gatemen opened up the scoring in game 1 on an infield error by the Commodores when Brett Pirtle (Mississippi State) reached a miscue at second base; allowing Tino Lipson (UC-Davis) to score and give Wareham a 1-0 lead.
An inning later, Falmouth tied the score on a clutch 2-out single by Conner Hale (State Col of Florida Manatee-Sarasota). After Casey Gilaspie (Wichita State) led off the inning with a double, it looked as if Turbull was going to pitch his way out of the inning with two consecutive strikeouts. Gilaspie advanced to third on a passed ball before Hale delivered his 2-out single to knot the score 1-1.
The Commodores would score what proved to be the winning run in the very next inning but not without some help from the Gatemen defense. With one out and two runners on base, a routine and fairly shallow fly ball to left field was caught but on what proved to be a needless throw to the plate by LF Tino Lipson sailed over catcher Matt Walsh’s (Franklin Pierce) head; allowing the runner on third to trot home and giving the Commodores a 2-1 lead.
Wareham would go down in order in the last two innings to close out the game as Falmouth closer Donny Murray (Holly Cross) picked up the 2-inning save.
Offensively, the Gatemen managed just 4 total hits and left 4 on base.
The Gatemen will look to split the double-header with the playoff bound Commodores who are still jockeying for playoff position in the CCBL Western Division. The Gatemen drop to 8-29-1 on the season while Falmouth improves to 21-17.
Tucker Simpson (Florida) will be the starting pitcher for the Gatemen in Game 2.
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