FALMOUTH — Addison Foltmer scattered six hits as second-seeded Falmouth made a successful debut in the Western Class A tournament by rolling to a 6-0 win against No. 10 Westbrook.
The Yachtsman, who moved from Class B to Class A this season, will host No. 11 Windham in a regional semifinal Saturday.
“It was our first Class A playoff game and for the guys to come in and shut out the defending Class A state champs is a statement for us,” Falmouth Coach Kevin Winship said.
“We know when we play our best baseball we can compete with anyone, and this a huge win for the program,” Foltmer said.
Foltmer, a lefthander who struck out two, walked three and hit a batter, pitched his way out of bases-loaded jams in three innings to record the shutout.
“Addy doesn’t get rattled,” Winship said. “He’s a senior and he’s been pitching for us for four years. He gets into trouble like that and it doesn’t faze him. He just pitches and gets himself out of jams.”
“I just made sure to throw strikes and make them put the ball in play,” Foltmer said. “My defense behind me made some great plays.”
The Blazes (10-8) loaded the bases in the first, second and seventh innings, but couldn’t push a run across the plate.
“(Foltmer) pitched a good game,” Westbrook Coach Greg Souza said. “He made the pitches he had to make when he had to make them, and they made the plays.”
Falmouth scored all of its runs in the fourth, stringing together five hits and taking advantage of two errors.
Connor MacDowell led off with the second of his three singles and Connor Aube drilled a ground-rule double to left to start the big inning. After Will D’Agostino, who received the Rupert Johnson Award as Western Maine’s MVP during a pregame ceremony, was walked intentionally to load the bases, Luke Vilas lined a single to center to drive in two runs.
Foltmer singled to reload the bases and with one out, Colin Coyne followed with an opposite-field single to right to drive in another run. On the play, a throwing error enabled another run to score. A groundball and another throwing error brought in two more runs.
“We threw the ball around and gave them three extra runs,” Souza said. “Instead of being down by three runs, we were down by six. That was kind of deflating because we know (Falmouth is) a good team.”
Foltmer made sure those runs stood up. He allowed just two baserunners from the third through the sixth innings.
“We were just pounding fastballs at first and then we decided to throw the curveball later on, and it worked out well,” he said.
“He got stronger and stronger as the game went on,” Winship said. “He mixed his pitches up and got command of the strike zone.”
This story was updated at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, June 13 to correct the name of Falmouth’s baseball coach.