The Falmouth Commodores beat the Bourne Braves today 7-2 in a largely one-sided game in the Cape Cod Baseball League's Western Division Playoffs. Falmouth, a team that trailed in the West early this season, takes the first game of the playoffs. Game 2 is tomorrow at 7 pm at Falmouth.
UPDATE in Y-D: Andrew sent me a text message reporting that the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox have beaten the Chatham A's in Y-D. It had been tied 3-3 in the 9th. We'll look forward to Andrew's report.
Well, what a difference a day makes. Yesterday we were all wet and rained out. Today my son and I soaked in the rays on a sunny afternoon in Bourne's spectacular new ballpark. Bourne won the regular season in the Western Division and my photo above shows the presentation of a trophy to Bourne's President, Tom Fink.
Falmouth scored one in the 2nd, 4 in the 3rd, 1 in the 4th and one in the 9th. Bourne got on the board in the 6th and then again inthe 7th on a Ben Guez homerun.
For Falmouth, Phil Carey had an RBI single in the 2nd and David Adams had an RBI single in the 3rd. Aja Barto doubled in the 3rd, and Jeremy Farrell singled in the same inning to score the rest that inning.
John Wallace just scored on an insurance run on a Ferrell double to right in the top of the 9th.
Bourne's D.J. mitchell went six innings giving up all 6 runs on 6 hits. Aaron Crow for Falmouth also went 6 innings giving up 1 run and 3 hits. Aaron Shafer for Falmouth gave up the first-pitch home run to Guez.
A few game notes:
- Falmouth's line-up has shifted some here at the end of the season. Joey Wong from Oregon State has moved from the #1 spot to #2, allowing Chris Hopkins into the lead-off role. Hopkins had ben the #9 batter earlier. Also, Matt Hague has not been in the line-up. I don't know if he has returned to college (he's in the process of a transfer from Washington).
- The Bourne line-up also has changed with Moreland out. It's still Hoeff, Workman, Satin, but Brian Pruitt has moved as have Zornes and Maruszak.
- D.J. Mitchell from Bourne had tough 2nd and 3rd innings but settled down in the 4th, retiring 7 consecutive batters at one point.
- I had a chance to meet some great people at the game today. Will Geoghegan who writes the blog Right Field Fog sat near me and we had a chance to chat. Will is a sportswriter in Rhode Island and has a terrific post on today's game. Yes, I did catchup a foul ball (my good fortune for writing a short post this week on the Falmouth Enterprise's piece about kids catching foul-balls. I did give it to my son.). I also had a chance to introduce myself to Judy Scarafile, President of the CCBL. We're going to try and do a CodBall Conversation with her after the season. She runs a remarkable league, but was quick to point out it's a team effort. I also had a chance to meet Tom Mason, who has a new addition to the Cape Cod Baseball bibliography -- Maple Street Press Guide to New England Ballparks. I look forward to reading it and adding it to our reviews of recommended reading.