By: Zach Pekale
There are only a limited number of nights each summer where the wind is blowing out at Doran Park. Generally, those conditions benefit the Bourne Braves who can utilize up to four left-handed hitters in their lineup.
But on Wednesday, there was no home-field advantage.
Instead, Falmouth’s Austin Langworthy (Florida) clubbed a three-run home run that ended up as the difference in a 5-2 win over the Braves.
With the result, the Commodores collect their first win of the summer over Bourne. Coming into the matchup, they had lost their first four meetings against the Braves.
After Falmouth opened the scoring with a solo shot by Steven Williams (Auburn) in the fourth inning, Bourne responded in the bottom half with a two-out rally, capped by an RBI single from third baseman Oscar Serratos (Georgia Tech).
With one out in the fifth, Maverick Handley (Stanford) appeared to ground into what could’ve been an inning-ending double play, however Serratos opted for a fielder’s choice to get the lead runner out.
Three pitches later, Langworthy skied a 2-0 fastball from Jared DiCesare over the head of Gabe Holt (Texas Tech) and the right field wall for a lead the Commodores would not relinquish.
“I thought the grass slowed it [the ball] down, so I just thought the best play there was to get the out at home or bring him back to third,” Serratos said. “I just thought it was slowly hit so we didn’t have time to turn a double play but it ended up turning into a three run homer so it didn’t go our way.”
In his first loss of the summer, DiCesare gave up eight hits and four earned runs in five innings.
Coming Up: The Braves return to Veterans Field for the final time this season where they’ll take on the Chatham Anglers.