09/26/2007 3:42 PM
2007 Season Review
(22-22-0 – 2nd in West)
(Defeated No. 1 Bourne, 2 wins to 0, in Division Series)
(Lost to Yarmouth-Dennis, 2 wins to 0, in Championship Series)
FALMOUTH, Mass. -- Falmouth did exactly what needed to be done in the summer of 2007 before coming up just short in the playoffs. The Commodores got off to a slow start, but revved up the jets in July to finish a strong second in the Cape Cod Baseball League’s West Division.
A sweep of regular-season champion Bourne put Falmouth in the finals for the Arnold Mycock Championship Trophy, but defending champion Yarmouth-Dennis proved too much to handle and Falmouth had to be content with runner-up honors in the CCBL.
Falmouth gained momentum throughout the season and peaked at the right time thanks to dominant pitching, a strong defense and clutch hitting.
The Commodores had three players among the league’s top 10 hitters, including league MVP, West Division All-Star and team offensive leader Conor Gillaspie (Wichita) who posted a league-leading .345 batting average and .a hefty 673 slugging percentage and belted seven home runs. Gillaspie was forced to leave the Cape in the midst of the playoffs to start classes and his absence was noticeable in Falmouth’s offensive struggles against Y-D in the championship series.
David Adams (Virginia) and All-Star Matt Hague (Washington) were also key offensive contributors. Adams had 51 hits and a .302 batting average (ninth in the league) while Hague hit .299 (10th in the league) with three triples. Slugger Aja Barto (Tulane) batted .277 and represented Falmouth in the 2007 All-Star Game.
While Falmouth’s offense was strong, its pitching was dominant. The Commodores’ bullpen was studded with all-star arms, including 2007 McNeece Top Pro Prospect Award recipient Aaron Crow (Missouri). Crow (4-1) led the league with a 0.67 ERA and 36 strikeouts. He also was named UnderArmour Undeniable Player of the Game for the West Division in the All-Star Game.
Teammates Kyle Gibson (Missouri) and Christian Friedrich (Eastern Kentucky) were also dominating presences on the mound. Gibson (2-0) posted a 1.17 ERA and struck out 51, while Friedrich (4-1) notched a 2.68 ERA and fanned 52. All three pitchers, plus closer Luke Burnett (Louisiana Tech), represented Falmouth in the All-Star Game.
Erica Bailey, CCBL Intern ([email protected])