by Katie Vieth
July 14, 2004
Elmer “Guv” Fuller Field
FALMOUTH — Yes, the Kettleers can beat Bourne. And Chatham . And Harwich. And any team in the Cape League …
Except for Falmouth.
Why do the Commodores give Cotuit so much trouble? No one can say for sure, but one can say that these losses to Falmouth could potentially harm Cotuit’s playoff bid.
So on a cloudy day at Guv. Fuller Field, Cotuit began a quest to beat Falmouth.
And failed miserably.
Falmouth scored in the first inning when Cliff Pennington hit a two-out single to right field, and advanced to second on a misplayed ball to the first-baseman. Daniel Carte then hit a single to left, driving in Pennington. 1-0 Falmouth .
Kettleer Brad Boyer scored the only Kettleer run of the night with one-out 0-1 solo-shot to right field. As he trotted the bases, fans stood, clapped, and hoped desperately for another run.
Falmouth would answer with a run in the third when Jacoby Ellsbury would lead off with a single to right, move to second on a stolen base, then advance to third on a misplayed ball during the attempted throw out at second. He would then score when Daniel Carte hit a single that was knocked down by third-baseman Chase Headley. (A slight digression: Barry Gunther, in the bottom of the fourth, managed to knock out a light above the visitor’s bleachers on the third-base line and hit the scoreboard. Gunther would eventually single, but would become involved in a 4-6-3 double play.) The Commodores would score four more times: in the fifth, seventh and eighth. The third Falmouth run would come when a shot by Ellsbury was knocked down by second-baseman Nathan Emrick, who threw the ball, while on the ground, to first; the ball would get past first-baseman Bryan Harris, and beyond the reach of catcher Steve Pearce, who ended up in the dugout. So Ellsbury would advance to second on the overthrow, move to third on a misplayed ball (the official ruling of either “wild pitch” or “passed ball” was never voiced), and scored on a sacrifice fly to center, though a hard-throwing Nathan Southard would come close to getting Ellsbury out.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, a fly out and a strike out would be followed by a Matt Antonelli single to left. Cliff Pennington would have a single to left, but would advance to second on the throw to home as Antonelli would touch home. Pennington would then score on a Daniel Carte hit to left, though an attempt at the ball would be made by Strickland (who would have a wonderful defensive game if not for a bit of a bobble allowing Ellsbury to advance to third in the third inning). Cotuit would end the inning with a lovely fly-out catch by Strickland.
Falmouth’s last run would be in the eighth. A double by Adam Hale would lead off the bottom of the inning. Hale would then score on a one-out double by Danny Perales (Of note: the out was made by a leaping Chase Headley). Cotuit would end the inning with a ground out and a strike out.
Cotuit’s last stand in the top of the ninth left much to be desired. It began with a slumping Bryan Harris striking out looking (he would strike out four times, three times looking), and then a Steve Pearce walk. Fans cheered for Chase Headley to bat in a run — or at least get on base! — but a double play would end the game, as Falmouth caught Pearce running back to first after Headley flew out.
It’s becoming clearer that if Cotuit wants to enter the playoffs, they need to begin to score more than a few runs (in this case, one).