Cape Cod League Baseball
Martha's Vineyard Times File Photo
A blistering hot day may have discouraged some to take in the second annual Connors Cup Cape Cod League baseball game at the M.V. high school's handsome field, Thursday. The estimated 2,000 who braved the heat saw a classic game between the Falmouth Commodores (9-13) and the (10-12) Hyannis Harbor Hawks.
The teams of the Cape Cod League are peopled by some of the country's best collegiate athletes
Falmouth struck first. In the second inning with two outs, Matt Summers of California at Irvine beat out an infield hit. Then Kyle Blustein of Jacksonville State homered over the fence in center.
The Commodores upped the ante to 4-0 in the third inning as Andrew Susac of Oregon State drove in Kyle Van Tungeln of T.C.U. and Barrett Barnes of Texas Tech with a single into center.
Hyannis began its come-from-behind charge in the fifth inning, taking full advantage of a Falmouth error that put two runners on base for Oklahoma's Cam Seitzer's fence clearing blast.
Still trailing by one in the top of the ninth, the Hawks took the lead on four straight hits, the last one a two RBI double by Jason Nappi of Harding College, Arkansas.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Hyannis closer, Dallas Gallant, earned his sixth save of the season.
Hyannis Hawks 6, Falmouth Commodores 4.
Cam Seitzer was the batting star of the day going 3-for-3, with three RBI, a home run and two walks.
The Hawk's Middle reliever, Drew Verhagen of Oklahoma, held the fort and kept the Commodores from scoring for three innings giving up just one hit and striking out two.