On to the playoffs!

by Greg in ,

The Gatemen advance in the West The Commodores gave their fans a fond farewell last night as Falmouth beat the playoff-bound Wareham Gatemen 6-4. Falmouth and Hyanis cancelled their Thursday game as it was moot considering neither team advanced to the playoffs.

So it was autograph night after the game last night. While Falmouth signed autographs for kids on the field after season awards were handed out, Wareham sat near the grub wagon to wolf down burgers and fries. I had a chance to talk with Gatemen GM Tom Gay who was curious to know the outcome of the night's game since Wareham is fighting for homefield advantage. I was able to read him scores from Twitter, which has been quite useful this season. Wareham will need to win today and Cotuit lose  or tie in order to have homefield advantage later this week.

In action last night, the league batting champion, Todd Cunningham, went 0-3 with an intentional walk. According to this morning's Cape Cod Times he will need to be perfect or near perfect to finish at .400. He was named team MVP last night and Falmouth GM Dan Dunn called him one of the best to wear a Commodores uniform. Pitcher Patrick Cooper of Des Moines Area Community College was named top pitcher.

Is it must me or did we see a lot of standouts from community colleges this season?

B.A. Vollmuth sparked the best fireworks of the night when he smashed a ball into center-right. Wareham outfielder Ryan LaMarre misplayed the ball and struggled with it at the fence. The ball was overthrown to third and Vollmuth trotted into home, also scoring catcher Chris O'Brien who finishes as a leader in on-base percentage.

Wareham's Derek Dietrich and Connor Rowe hit impressive doubles.

A highlight for me was watching Jordan Swagerty pitch the 8th inning for the Gatemen. Swagerty is a catcher/1B from Arizona State whom I saw play at Safeco Field in Seattle this spring when the Sun Devils played the University of Washington Huskies. I had a chance to meet his parents that night who were visiting from Texas.

Jordan had a nasty breaking ball working last night. I stood behind the plate to watch him give up a single to John Nester but then go strikeout-strikeout and then 2-3 putout on a bunt by Cunningham. A sharp inning that kept Falmouth off-balance. Several of his breaking balls cut harshly away on righties.