HYANNIS – The Gatemen bats broke out last night in big way as Wareham crushed the Hyannis Harbor Hawks 17-4 to complete the sweep of the home-and-home series.
“You won’t see too many line scores like that. They outhit us 15 to 14, yet we win the game 17-4,” manager Don Sneddon said. “This game is crazy.”
Trailing 1-0 in the top of the third, the Gatemen put forth their best offensive inning of the season.
The switch-hitting Isaac Collins, batting from the right side, got the inning going with a leadoff double and Jeremy Ydens singled to put runners on the corners. Sahid Valenzuela then reached on an error made by the Harbor Hawks shortstop Alec Trela.
Trela’s throw to first base was low and skipped past the bag. Collins came in to score to tie the game at one and the other runners moved into scoring position.
Austin Shenton doubled to left center field to bring home two more, giving Wareham a 3-1 lead. Bryant Packard made the first out of the inning flying out to center field and it would be the last out recorded by Harbor Hawks starter LHP Jordan Fowler.
In fact, it would be the last out recorded by a Harbor Hawks pitcher until Sahid Valenzuela would ground out to short seven batters later.
The final line for Fowler would read 2.1 inning pitched, four runs allowed and three of them were earned.
Once Fowler exited the game, Kyle Kemp entered, but his appearance was short lived. Kemp allowed all four Gatemen he faced to reach base. Lael Lockhart reached via bases on balls, Pavin Parks would single, Ryan Kreidler reached on an error, and Luke Roskam singled. By this point, Wareham was ahead 6-1.
RHP Zach Kohn entered the game to face Collins as the Gatemen began their second turn through the lineup. Collins, now batting from the left side, worked a walk to drive in a run. Ydens would then reach on a walk and was the last Gatemen hitter to reach safely in the frame. After a groundout and a couple wild pitches, the Gatemen had tacked on three more runs, making it a 9-1 game.
In total, the Gatemen scored nine runs on five hits, three walks, and two errors in the inning. 13 batters came to the plate for Wareham in the half inning that lasted over a half hour.
The Harbor Hawks used three different pitchers and 61 pitches to get out of the inning. Eight of nine Gatemen hitters, all except Packard, scored a run in the inning.
After the long delay, Gatemen starter Will Proctor came back out and pitched his final two innings. On the night, Proctor allowed three runs in four innings, scattering seven hits and two walks.
Following Proctor’s departure, Jared Horn entered and pitched three innings allowing one run on five hits and three walks.
Despite the only allowing four runs, the number of runners put on base was something Sneddon was not too pleased with. The Gatemen allowed 20 runners to reach base.
“We have to get better on the hill. We can’t pitch like that. So that’s a major concern for us going into this thing down the line,” Sneddon said. “Hopefully we are just going through a funk and we will get better because we’ve got good arms. They are all good pitchers.”
Even after their explosive nine-run third inning, the Gatemen offense had plenty left in the tank. Wareham would go on to score eight runs over the final four innings of the game to extend the Gatemen lead to 17-4. Three of those runs came via the homer as Packard hit a two-run homer in the seventh and Parks hit a solo homer in the ninth.
On a night with plenty of crazy offensive stats, these are the highlights. All members of the Gatemen starting nine recorded a hit and a run scored. In fact, 10 different Gatemen scored a run and nine different hitters recorded RBIs, which speaks to the depth of the Gatemen lineup.
Ryan Kreidler went 1-5 on the night with three RBIs. Photo by Caroline O'Connor.
“A lot of people might have thought with the loss of Andrew [Vaughn] and [Bryson] Stott that we might take a little decline offensively, but I think nights like tonight and last night show you we can really mash one through nine,” Ryan Kreidler said who drove in three runs.
“You see guys at the bottom of the order hitting, not just being table setters. That’s the sign of a special club.”
With the win tonight, Wareham improved to 3-1 on the season versus Hyannis and have extended their first place lead to three points (24 to 21).
Final: Gatemen 17, Harbor Hawks 4
Next up: The Gatemen (12-6) return home Sunday night and play the first place YD Red Sox (9-6-2). First pitch at 5:30 p.m. at Spillane Field in Wareham.