Commodores Explode Late, Hawks Lose 7-1

The Hyannis Harbor Hawks were on the road once again tonight to play the Falmouth Commodores. They entered the game 4 points behind Wareham, meaning a Harbor Hawk win and a Gatemen loss would narrow the gap down to 2 points.

Michael Brettell was on the mound for the Hawks, coming off of a 6 inning shutout performance against Y-D last week. They went on to lose that game, but Brettell had himself a great day. We all knew it was going to be hard for him to match last week’s outing, but he came pretty close.

He ended up going 6.2 innings while giving up 3 runs and striking out 7 Commodores, a quality start for sure. The 3rd inning was rough for him; he gave up a hit and a walk before recording an out. A sacrifice fly scored Falmouth’s first run, and then a two-run home run made it look like things were going to get ugly. Brettell settled in after that, not allowing a run for the rest of the night while striking out 4 more batters.

For the second night in a row the Hawks were the first team to score, this time it came in the first inning. Reece Hampton led the game off with a base hit and would go on to steal second. Two batters later, Tyler Frank drove him in with a base hit.

Ryan Rigby took over for Brettell with two outs in the 7th inning. He was able to get out of a jam, but the game changed in the 8th.

Dominic DiCaprio got things going with a wall ball double (just missed getting over the fence). Although the Hawks had a runner in scoring position with no outs, they were unable to get him to cross the plate. In the home half of the inning, Marc Stewart entered the game with 1 out and a runner on first. Another two-run home run extended Falmouth’s lead, and they weren’t done. James Harrington took the mound with 2 outs in the inning while the score was 6-1. A base hit scored one more run, but a groundout finally ended the inning.

Hyannis went 1-2-3 in the 9th and lost the game 7-1. On the bright side, Wareham lost to Cotuit, keeping the Hawks within reach of the Gatemen. They remain 4 points back with 7 games to go, which means this summer is far from over. It’s important that the Hawks continue taking it one game at a time as they attempt to make this run.

The Harbor Hawks will return home at McKeon Park tomorrow to play the Cotuit Kettleers. Come down to the field to cheer on Hyannis!

- Dylan Porcaro (intern, Hyannis Harbor Hawks)