WAREHAM – The Wareham Gatemen (20-13-1) look to make it three in a row today as they take on the Cotuit Kettleers (14-17-3) tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Spillane Field in the final game before the All-Star break.
After dropping two games on Wednesday, the Gatemen have stormed back to win their last two contests, including an 8-6 win over the Bourne Braves last night.
In that game, the Gatemen scored six runs in the third inning which put them ahead early and gave them the lead for good. Things did get interesting in the seventh when Wareham was ahead 8-1 and the Braves proceeded to rally for five runs to cut the lead to just two. Bourne took advantage of two errors in the inning, one by Austin Shenton at third and one from Isaac Collins in right field. However, that would be as close as the Braves would get.
Joey Baran came on to get the final out of the seventh and he went on to pitch a scoreless eighth as well. Baran picked up his first win of the summer in his second outing while Pavin Parks pitched a flawless ninth to record the save.
Ryan Kreidler is coming off a 1-4 game last night and finds himself in the lineup once again (via Caroline O'Connor).
Cotuit enters play today having lost a heartbreaker last night to the Chatham Anglers. Cotuit was all over the Anglers 7-0 after two innings and 9-3 after three innings, but Chatham came back to win 10-9 in eight innings.
All five Cotuit pitchers gave up a run yesterday as their staff gave up a total of 15 hits to go along with four walks. Chatham scored two runs in the seventh and two runs in the eighth to complete the comeback before the game was called due to darkness since Lowell Park in Cotuit does not have lights.
Spencer Torkelson, recently back from his Team USA stint, tied the game in the eighth with a solo homer to lead off the inning. Jorge Arenas drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI single with two out in the frame.
RHP MacGregor Hines will get the start today for the Gatemen in his first outing of the Cape League this summer. Hines was a recent addition to the roster and is coming off a solid season for Dallas Baptist. He went 5-3 in 51 innings to go along with a 3.88 ERA.
Today’s start will be Hines’ first since March 25 at Sam Houston State. That was Hines’ only start this season in 26 appearances. However, the starting role is nothing new for Hines. The redshirt sophomore did make 17 starts for San Jacinto College in 2017 when he went 12-3 over 94.1 IP. Prior to pitching for San Jacinto, Hines spent 2016 as a redshirt freshman at the University of Florida.
RHP Bryce Jarvis (0-1, 5.40 ERA) gets the start today for the Kettleers and will face the Gatemen for the second time this summer. One week ago, Jarvis faced Wareham in a relief appearance in an 8-2 win for Wareham. He went 3.2 innings allowing three runs on five hits while striking out four and walking just one. Jarvis’ last outing came on July 17 in an 11-3 loss to Harwich. He worked a scoreless inning and retired all three hitters he faced in that one.
Here are today’s lineups:
Isaac Collins, RF - Creighton
Oliver Dunn, 2B - Utah
Austin Shenton, 3B - FIU
Jeremy Ydens, LF – UCLA
Lael Lockhart Jr., 1B - Houston
Pavin Parks, DH – Kent State
Luke Roskam, C – Nebraska
Ryan Kreidler, SS – UCLA
Skyler Hunter, CF - Purdue
SP- MacGregor Hines, RHP – Dallas Baptist
Will Robertson, RF – Creighton
Michael Toglia, 1B – UCLA
Garret Wolforth, DH - Dallas Baptist
Michael Salvatore, SS – FSU
Duke Ellis, CF – Texas
Brady Smith, 3B – Florida
Zach Humphreys, C - TCU
Peyton Burdick, LF – Wright State
Adam Oviedo, 2B - TCU
SP-Bryce Jarvis, RHP – Duke