08/04/12 - Powered by Horan & Hyde Gatemen Clinch Playoff Spot
By SCOTT EATON
WAREHAM, MA: Tyler Horan (Virginia Tech) hit 2 more homeruns & drove in 6 while Mott Hyde (GeorgiaTech) hit a homer and had 4 rbi to lift the Wareham Gatemen to a 12-2 win over the Chatham Anglers. The win propels the Gatemen to their 4th straight playoff appearance and their 27th since 1976.
What a difference one win can make! Coming off their fourth consecutive defeat after a mid-afternoon loss to second place Falmouth, the Gatemen looked like they were stumbling towards the finish line of the 2012 season and hoping to sneak into the CCBL Playoffs. Little did anyone know that the Chatham Anglers were going to be victims of an offensive explosion by Gatemen All-Stars Tyler Horan (Virginia Tech) & Mott Hyde (Georgia Tech).
After giving up a run to Chatham in the top half of the first inning, the Wareham duo delivered in the home half of the inning and set the stage for a big night. Hyde hit a solo homer, his second of the day, to tie the game 1-1. After a Kyle Schwarber (Indiana) single, Tyler Horan drove him home with his 14th homer on the year; taking the league lead and extending his all-time single season Wareham franchise record.
Gatemen starter Dylan Stoops (Richmond), making his first CCBL start, gave up consecutive 1-out walks in the 5th inning and turned it over the relieve Cole Sturgeon (Louisville). A wild pitch by Sturgeon would allow Andrew Knapp (Cal-Berkley) to score but that would the only blemish as he got out of the game preserving the Gatemen lead.
Ethan Gross (Memphis) lead off the bottom half of the fifth inning with a triple and after a Ryan Sullivan (Seton Hall) HBP, the Gatemen had runners on the corners with no outs and heart of their lineup waiting to take advantage. However, Anglers' starting pitcher Ryan Thompson (Franklin Pierce) struck out both Hyde and Schwarber and was in position to hold off the Gatemen - but Tyler Horan wasn't going to let that happen. He hit a 2-1 pitch for a dramatic, 3-run homer into the left-field bleachers that extended the Gatemen lead to 6-2.
Horan's homer was his 15th of the year and his 6th in the last 9 games. He now has 2 multi-homer games is 4 clear of the single season, Gatemen franchise record and is 1 homer shy of tying the all-time wood bat, single season record in the Cape Cod Baseball League. Tyler's 15 homers put him at the top of the league leaders in a record breaking offensive season for the Cape League and his 6 rbi on the night give him 38 on the season. That total is equally as impressive as it ties him with Colin Moran (UNC) from Bourne for the league lead and is tied for the 3rd best total in Wareham Gatemen history.
Gatemen Broadcast Replay of Horan's Dramatic Homer in the 5th inning
Things unraveled for Chatham in the 8th inning. After loading the bases, Wareham scored a pair of runs on a walk and a HBP and with an 8-2 lead, it was Mott Hyde's turn and he extended an already big Gatemen lead to a blowout. Hyde cleared the bases with a 3-run double and gave Wareham an 11-2 lead. Horan would later get his sixth rbi on the night on a sarafic fly to close out the Wareham scoring. Hyde finished the night going 2 for 4 with 4 rbi and is having quite the season of his own.
Hyde is hitting .289 with 6 homers and 25 rbi. He also leads the Gatemen with 8 stolen bases and was a CCBL All-Star.
Having now clinched a playoff spot, the Gatemen will now jockey for position with 3 games remaining. They can tie for 2nd place with Falmouth by winning out and having the Commodores lose each of their remaining games. The two will face off tonight at Arnie Allen Diamond at 5:30pm. They can clinch at least 3rd place if any combination of Wareham wins and Bourne losses equals two and the Braves and Gatemen will face off in a home and home series to close out the regular season on Monday & Tuesday.
The Gatemen will send Jared Ruxer (Louisville) to the mound tonight in Falmouth in game that starts at 5:30.
Postgame interview with Head Coach Cooper Farris