THE CAPE LEAGUE: Falmouth Commodores Still Have Hope with Victory

FALMOUTH – The Falmouth Commodores remained in the hunt for the final West Division playoff spot last night after the hosts defeated Wareham, 10-3, at Elmer “Guv” Fuller Field.

Falmouth's Tristan Gray (Rice) drove in two runs last night for the Commodores. Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports

Falmouth’s Tristan Gray (Rice) drove in two runs last night for the Commodores.
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Five Commodores banged out two hits apiece in the 13-hit barrage, including JJ Matijevic (Arizona), Logan Ice (Oregon State), Evan Skoug (Texas Christian), Boomer White (Texas A&M) and JB Woodman (Ole Miss). Skoug, White and Woodman each added one RBI to the effort while shortstop Tristan Gray (Rice) drove in two runs.

Falmouth jumped out to a quick, 4-0 lead in the first inning and tacked on four more in the third to put a real cramp in Wareham’s efforts.

The Gatemen (16-24-2) rebounded in the fourth frame, however, with three runs but that was all the hosts would allow.

Alabama State’s Joe Camacho picked up his first Cape League win in the effort. He went 6.2 innings and struck out three.

Falmouth (15-26-1) heads to West champion Hyannis tonight still armed with a chance to snag the last playoff spot in the West Division. The Commodores are one point behind Cotuit in the standings.

Wareham’s Dave MacKinnon (Hartford) led his squad with a 2-4 night at the plate and two RBI. Charlie Warren (Rice) went 2-4 with one RBI.

Y-D Holds On to Lead to Edge the Brewster Whitecaps

The host Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (22-20) almost watched a 4-1 lead completely evaporate last night at Merrill “Red” Wilson Field but held on to pull out a key, 4-3 win over the visiting Brewster Whitecaps (23-18-1).

Y-D's Gio Brusa (Pacific) belted his 8th homer of the season last night. Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports

Y-D’s Gio Brusa (Pacific) belted his 8th homer of the season last night.
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Pacific slugger Gio Brusa went 2-4 with two RBI on the night including his 8th home run of the summer to lead the Y-D hitting attack. South Alabama’s Cole Billingsley and Stanford’s Tommy Edman both added two hits to the Red Sox 10-hit night.

Yale righty Mason Kukowski got the win after two innings of middle relief. He struck out two and walked none while allowing one run on one hit.

Brewster’s JC Escarra belted a solo home run while teammate Jack Meggs went 3-4.

The Whitecaps scored one run in each of the sixth, seventh and eighth innings but Cal-State Fulleeton’s Chad Hockin shut the door for the save. He struck out two in 1.1 innings of relief work as the Sox closer.

Harwich Manufactures Big Win over Chatham Anglers at Whitehouse Field

The Harwich Mariners (19-21-2) pieced together three huge runs in the fifth inning last night at BFC Whitehouse Field, en route to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Chatham Anglers (22-20).

For all intents and purposes, though, the Mariners could at best force a tie for fourth place and the final playoff spot in the East if they win their final two games and the Y-D Red Sox lose both of their final games today and tomorrow.

Chatham’s loss to Harwich, combined with Y-D’s win over Brewster put Y-D and Chatham in a tie for third place in the East.

Sheldon Neuse (Oklahoma) and Connor Justus (Georgia Tech) both went 2-4 on the night for Harwich and each added one RBI.

The Mariners were down 2-0 until the bottom of the fifth inning when a combination of walks, hits and wild pitches brought in three runs for a 3-2 lead. The Mariners tacked on another pair on the seventh inning and closer Zach Schellenger (Seton Hall) blanked Chatham in the 8th and 9th frames with three strikeouts to his credit and got the save.

LSU’s Hunter Newman recorded the victory in middle relief with three shutout innings.

Vanderbilt's Jon Kilichowski struck out seven last night versus Bourne. Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports

Vanderbilt’s Jon Kilichowski struck out seven last night versus Bourne.
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Orleans’ Kilichowski Solid, Abreu Belts HR as ‘Birds Take Down Braves

Vanderbilt southpaw John Kilichowski struck out seven batters and walked none in 5.1 innings of shutout pitching for Orleans last night as the Firebirds defeated the visiting Bourne Braves, 4-1.

Orleans right-fielder Willie Abreu (Miami) went 1-4 on the night but made his one hit count most with a two-run blast.

Left-fielder Ronnie Dawson (Ohio State) went 2-4 with one RBI for the ‘Birds (29-12-1) who clinched the East Division title at Hyannis Thursday night.

Bourne remains a lock for second place in the West Division in spite of the loss. The Braves are an even 20-20-2 heading into tonight’s game versus Wareham.

Bourne’s Corey Julks (Houston) belted his second homer of the season and accounted for the Braves’ sole tally. He went 2-4.

Orleans welcomes Chatham to Eldredge Park tonight at 7:00 pm.

— Written by Sean Walsh, sports editor for www.capecod.com. His email is seanwalsh@ccb-media.com. Follow him on Twitter @coachwalshccbm

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