June 18, 2022 8:54 pm | by Barrett Hodgson
The Falmouth Commodores visited Spillane Field to take on the Wareham Gatemen on Saturday, June 18th. After a shaky start the Commodores settled in and defeated the Gatemen 12-9
Wareham took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom half of the 1st inning. Blake Wright (Clemson) started the inning off with a leadoff walk and advanced to second base on a Hogan Windish (UNC Greensboro) single. They both advanced another base on a passed ball during a Kellum Clark (Mississippi State) at-bat that ended in a walk. Torin Montgomery (Missouri) stepped in with the bases loaded and beat out a grounder to the shortstop for an RBI infield single. With the bases still loaded, Jack Housinger (Xavier) did the same exact thing and beat out a grounder to the shortstop for an RBI infield single to put the Gatemen up two.
The Gatemen tacked on another run in the 2nd inning to give themselves a 3-0 advantage. Cole Elvis (Cal Berkeley) singled to leadoff the inning and advanced to third on a double by Wright. The Gatemen then scored another run on an infield single off the bat of Windish to put Wareham up three.
Falmouth plated their first run of the game in the top of the 4th inning on one swing. Brayden Taylor (Texas Christian) smashed a home run over the right field wall to cut the Gatemen lead down to 3-1.
Gatemen starter Luke Benneche (Lafayette) went 3.2 innings and struck out four Commodores. He allowed just two hits in his start and did not yield much besides the home run.
Wareham struck again in the bottom half of the 5th inning to take a 4-1 lead. Max Anderson (Nebraska) led off the inning with a double down the right field line. He advanced to third on a passed ball, and then scored when Clark hit an RBI sacrifice fly to center.
The Commodores offense exploded in the top half of the 6th inning scoring six runs. Taylor got it all started with a single into right field. He advanced to second on a groundout before Andrew Pinckney (Alabama) walked to put runners on first and second. Colby Halter (Florida) then laced an RBI single to right to put runners on the corners, before stealing second base. Cross Factor (Oklahoma City University) dribbled a ground ball to first base that resulted in an error, scoring Pinckney and moved Halter to third. A wild pitch then scored Halter, and moved Factor to second to tie the game up at four a piece. Jacob Cozart (NC State) then walked to put two runners on for the number nine batter. Anthony Mackenzie (Sam Houston State) then blasted a three run home run over the scoreboard to give Falmouth the 7-4 lead.
Falmouth piled on to their lead in the top of the 8th. Six walks, a single and a sacrifice fly led to five Commodore runs giving them a 12-4 lead. Wareham fought back in the 9th scoring five runs and cut the lead to just three, but the rally was not enough.
Wareham will play a double header on Sunday, June 18th at Chatham with game one starting at 5:00pm at Veterans Field.