WAREHAM – The Gatemen (14-10) will take on the Brewster Whitecaps (4-17-3) in the first game of a home-and-home series tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Spillane Field.
The Gatemen are coming off an unusual loss last night to the Hyannis Harbor Hawks. Wareham lost the game 9-5 but played the final three innings of the game under protest.
In the fifth inning, DH Pavin Parks entered the game to pitch, faced three hitters, and was removed from the mound. Manager Don Sneddon tried to reinsert Parks back as the DH when that spot came up in the lineup, but he was not allowed by the umpiring crew. Sneddon argued that the DH should be allowed to enter the game, pitch, and return to the DH spot once he exits the mound per NCAA rules.
From that point on, the Gatemen played the game under protest. If Wareham wins the protest, the game would be replayed from the moment Parks attempted to come back in the game (top of the seventh, one out, Hyannis up 6-5). To read the full recap from last night, click here.
Lael Lockhart bats fourth and plays first again tonight (via Caroline O'Connor).
The Brewster Whitecaps enter playing today having lost their last game and have been terrible over their last 10 games. Brewster has just one win in their previous 10 going 1-7-2. The Whitecaps almost won yesterday, but the Orleans Firebirds had an epic rally to come back and win.
Brewster was up 8-1 entering the bottom of the seventh and then the comeback started. Orleans scored four in that frame, two in the eighth, and two more in the ninth to complete the walk-off. Nick Osborne was the hero for Orleans as his two-run homer won it for the Firebirds.
Today’s meeting between Wareham and Brewster will be the second of four meetings this season. In the first meeting on June 23, Bryant Packard hit a walk-off single to score Sahid Valenzuela as the Gatemen won 3-2 in 10 innings.
Ben Dragani (0-1, 3.00 ERA) will be on the mound for Brewster tonight. The left hander out of Michigan has been very effective for Brewster in his three appearances. Last time out, Dragani turned in his best outing to date as he allowed two runs (one earned) over five innings in a 5-4 win over Falmouth on July 1.
Connor Lunn (2-1, 3.06 ERA) will oppose Dragani. Lunn lost in his last outing against Bourne, despite pitching pretty well. Lunn allowed just one run in four innings, but he was outdueled by Jared DiCesare who went seven innings in that contest. Today will be Lunn’s first appearance versus Brewster this summer.
Here are today’s lineups:
Isaac Collins, RF - Creighton
Sahid Valenzuela, 2B – Cal State Fullerton
Austin Shenton, DH - FIU
Lael Lockhart Jr, 1B – Houston
Pavin Parks, 3B – Kent State
Drew Millas, C – Missouri State
Ryan Kreidler, SS - UCLA
Jakob Goldfarb, LF - Oregon
Skyler Hunter, CF - Purdue
SP- Connor Lunn, RHP – USC
Ray Alejo, CF – UCF
Justin Ammons, RF – Tennessee
Connor Grammes, DH – Xavier
Brandon Martorano, C – UNC
Chris Wright, 1B – Bryant
Brandon Wulff, LF – Stanford
Gage Workman, SS – ASU
Christian Molfetta, 3B – Stanford
Ike Freeman, 2B - UNC
SP- Ben Dragani, LHP – Michigan