On this gorgeous summer evening in Falmouth, the first place Commodores did not look the part of surging West Division champions, but the second palace Cotuit Ketleers did. Cotuit beat Falmouth 4-2 before a reported 1,360 fans, including yours truly.
The other second place team in the West, Hyannis, also won tonight, defeating Bourne. The East leader, Orleans, dropped its third straight but remains well in front. (See Division Standings)
It was a tight game all night. Falmouth got out to a 1-0 lead in the 3rd inning when Cotuit pitcher Mario Hollands (Santa Barbara) threw a pitch past catcher Robert Stock (USC) to allow Brian Fletcher (Auburn) to score from 3rd.
Matthew Holliman of Cotuit then tied it up with a sacrifice fly to rightfield scoring Stock who had reached on a single.
Cotuit's Jason Kipnis (Arizona State) would get my MVP vote. He was 3 for 4 with a go-ahead homerun in the 6th and an RBI single in the 9th.
In the 7th, Falmouth's Kevin Nolan (Winthrop) hit a triple into the right field corner (a tough one in Falmouth as you know). He scored when Ryan Jones (Wichita) grounded out to first.
Stock's 8th inning hit to right scored Joey Lewis and that was all that was needed. Falmouth loaded the bases in the 9th but could not capitalize.
Cotuit's Drew Storen (Stanford) got the save, throwing some mean curve balls that Falmouth hitters stood and admired.
I say that Falmouth did not look like a West leader tonight because of errors and strikeouts (10 by my count). Meanwhile Cotuit had amazing pitching and timely hitting
A few strange notes:
- Falmouth Centerfielder A.J. Pollock inexplicably stopped action at a tense moment during the game to have his glove replaced.
- Why would Cotuit have pitcher Daniel Wolford (Cal Berkeley) pinch hit for Holliman? Worked out ok. Wolford walked but then was thrown out going to second.