YARMOUTH — Andrew Kinsman turned in a strong pitching performance and C.J. Cawley came up with two big hits to lead Yarmouth to a 5-3 win against Falmouth in a Western Maine Conference baseball game Wednesday.
Kinsman scattered six hits and Cawley drove in three runs as the Clippers handed the Yachtsmen their first road loss this season.
The win over Falmouth, the top-ranked team in Western Class A, enabled the Clippers (8-4) to jump over Lincoln Academy and Wells into fourth place in the Western Class B Heal point standings.
“It’s another step forward,” Cawley said. “I know we can be a lot better than this. We still haven’t reached our potential. We’re going to keep going up from here.”
The Yachtsmen, who had won their first five road games of the season, dropped to 7-5.
“We didn’t get the job done today,” Falmouth Coach Kevin Kinship said. “Yarmouth got the hits when they needed to. They played some solid defense and they got good pitching. They did what they needed to do to win and we didn’t.”
Kinsman, a junior right-hander, pitched a complete game to earn his first win of the season. He didn’t strike out a batter, walked two and hit three. He retired the Yachtsmen in order in just one inning.
“I know I got the complete game but I have to thank my teammates. All eight of them made plays behind me,” he said. “I was trying to put the ball in different locations. When I put it up, they hit it in the air and our outfielders made the plays. When I put it low, our infielders made the plays. I believe we have one of the best defenses in the state.”
Falmouth took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. After he was hit by the third pitch of the game, Connor Aube stole second, went to third on a ground ball and scored on Robbie Armitage’s single to center.
Yarmouth took a 3-1 lead in the third. With one out, Conor O’Donnell reached on a bunt single, stole second and moved to third on fly ball to center. After Luke Kirnan was walked intentionally and moved to second on a passed ball, both runners scored when Jordan Brown’s line drive bounced past the dive of left fielder Tyler Gee for a double. Cawley dumped an opposite-field single into right.
The Clippers took a 5-1 lead in the fifth. Kirnan led off with his second hit of the game and Brown followed with a walk. After both moved up on a passed ball, they scored on Cawley’s hit up the middle.
The Yachtsmen completed the scoring in the sixth.
With one out, Connor MacDowell doubled to deep center and Reece Armitage lined a single up the middle to put runners at the corners. Pinch-hitter Cal Inlow brought in one run with a sacrifice fly to left. Aube reached on an infield hit to put runners at the corners again. Armitage scored the final run when Aube got caught in a rundown between first and second, managing to touch home plate before Aube was tagged out for the final out of the inning.