By Jon Mettus
July 17, 2015
Cotuit put six runners on base in the eighth and ninth innings, but the comeback attempt came up short and the Kettleers (11-20) fell to the Falmouth Commodores (13-18), 5-2, at Lowell Park on Friday.
Jonathan King (Georgia Tech) let up three runs in his three-inning start for Cotuit to get the loss. Kevin Ginkel (Nevada) pitched four innings of relief and struck out six batters, while conceding just one run.
The Kettleers are now two games behind Falmouth for third place in the West and a game and a half back of Wareham (12-18-1) for the fourth and final playoff spot in the division.
At the plate
Branden Berry (Cal State Northridge) powered a ball over the fence in left-center field to start the home half of the third inning for his third home run over the year. It was his second in a row that he hit at home and on the first pitch of a leadoff at-bat.
He finished 2-for-4 with a run batted in and a run scored on the day.
In the field
Will Haynie gunned down a runner trying to steal second in the fourth inning. He made the throw to second and shortstop Mike Paez (Coastal Carolina) hopped in front of the bag and second baseman Cole Fabio (Bryant) to catch the ball and make the tag.
It was Haynie’s sixth runner caught stealing on the year, though he often throws out runners trying to advance on wild pitches, which are recorded as assists on putouts. Haynie has 15 assists this season.
0 — Through 19 games at first base, Berry has yet to be charged with an error. On Friday, he recorded 10 putouts, putting him at 177 putouts and eight assists on the year — second-best among first basemen with perfect fielding percentages.
Falmouth Commodores at Arnie Allen Diamond on Saturday at 6 p.m.