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Falmouth Spoils Wareham’s Home Opener

By Barrett Hodgson

The Wareham Gatemen fell to 0-2 on Monday night, losing 8-4 to the Falmouth Commodores. The two squads both came into the night looking for their first win of the 2021 Cape Cod Baseball League season.

Larson Kindreich (Biola U) got the start for the Gatemen and faced off against Charles Harrison (UCLA). Each starter threw two scoreless innings before Harrison was removed in favor of lefty Anthony DeFabbia (Stetson) in the 3rd. Kindreich struck out the side in the third before running into some trouble in the 4th.

After three scoreless innings both teams scored two runs in the 4th. A leadoff double by Michael Curialle (UCLA) led to a Alec Sayre (Wright St.) RBI single to get the Commodores on the board. The Gatemen scrapped in their two runs off of DeFabbia with the help of some small ball. Cade Fergus (George Washington) laid down a perfect bunt single to get runners on 1st and 2nd, leading to a Jim Jarvis (Alabama) RBI single that two runs ended up scoring on due to a throwing error.

Heading into the 5th, the Gatemen turned to the sophomore Spencer Miles (Missouri) as their first reliever of the night. Miles let the first two hitters of the inning reach via walk and hit-by-pitch. This came back to hurt him as Curialle roped his second double of the game driving in one.

After a quiet 6th from both teams, the Commodores exploded in the top half of the 7th. Richard Fitts (Auburn) found himself in trouble after a leadoff single was followed by two straight hit-by-pitches. Curialle stepped up again and delivered a sacrifice fly, extending Falmouth’s lead 4-2. Sayre and Jace Bohrofen (Oklahoma) both stepped up and roped singles that pushed the Commodores lead to 7-2.

Wareham fought back in the bottom of the 7th as they delivered two runs of their own off of Chase Jeter (Sacred Heart). The first two batters of the inning reached base off Jeter and then Devereaux Harrison (Cal State Long Beach) stepped up and delivered a pinch hit single to load up the bases. Third baseman Justin Williams (Penn State) knocked in two on the Gatemen’s only extra base hit of the game down the third base line.

In the top of the 9th the Commodores scored the last run of the game on a Bohrofen infield single that scored Curialle. Trailing 8-4 the Gatemen’s last chance was against reliever Michael Esposito (South Carolina). Esposito sat down the 3 and 4 hitters with overpowering fastballs and got Williams to ground out to end the game.

Curialle had the best day out on Spillane field going 3-3 with a walk, a single, two doubles, and a sac fly while driving in two for the Commodores. Falmouth pitching got timely outs all night as Wareham left ten runners on base. Anthony DeFabbia was credited with the win and Spencer Miles took the loss on the hill for the Gatemen.

Wareham will face Falmouth again in their next game on Tuesday June 22nd as they seek their first win.