FALMOUTH – The Wareham Gatemen (20-15-1) travel to Falmouth today to play the Commodores (19-16-1) at 6 p.m. at Guv Fuller Field located on Arnie Allen Diamond.
The Gatemen enter play today desperately needing a win as they look to avoid their first three game losing streak of the season.
Wareham lost their game yesterday to the YD Red Sox 5-0 in a game that was played at Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford, Conn. Nathan Florence got the start for Wareham and was excellent through his four innings of one run ball.
Unfortunately for the Gatemen, he made one mistake in the form of a homer by Nick Quintana which put YD up 1-0, a lead they would never relinquish. Florence was outdueled in this game by Tommy Mace who threw five shutout innings to pick up the win for YD.
Gian Martellini (left) and Lael Lockhart (right) are both in the lineup tonight for Wareham hitting fifth and sixth respectively (via Caroline O'Connor).
As for the Commodores, Falmouth enters play tied for the best record in the league over the past 10 games at 7-3 (YD also has the same record). However, Falmouth is coming off a big loss yesterday to the Hyannis Harbor Hawks 9-7. Falmouth led 5-4 through four innings before giving up four runs in the fifth and Hyannis took an 8-5 lead.
After Hyannis extend their lead to 9-5, Falmouth scored two in the ninth as they tried to rally but it was too little too late. In total, 16 runs were scored on 23 combined hits in this slugfest. With the win, the Harbor Hawks extend their first place lead to three points over Wareham and five points over Falmouth.
With the regular season coming to an end, playoff clinching scenarios are immanent and the Harbor Hawks have the first chance to do so for a West Division team. If Hyannis wins tonight over Bourne, they will clinch a playoff spot.
In addition, the Gatemen could also have their playoff spot clinched up by tomorrow night. If Wareham wins their next two games and Bourne loses their next two, the Gatemen will clinch a playoff spot as well.
Tonight’s matchup with Falmouth is the first of three in a row between these two clubs. RHP Ryan Garcia (1-1, 1.171 ERA) is on the bump for Wareham as he faces TJ Sikkema (1-2, 1.45 ERA) in a battle of these All-Stars.
Both pitchers threw in the All-Star Game for the West Division and pitched scoreless innings. The outings tonight will be the first official starts of the summer for Garcia and Sikkema against their respective opponents.
However, back on July 17, in a game that was ultimately postponed due to rain and did not count, Sikkema got the start and faced the Gatemen. Sikkema gave up three runs in less than two innings of work on that rainy day from Spillane Field before play was halted.
Here are today’s lineups:
Isaac Collins, RF - Creighton
Sahid Valenzuela, 2B – Cal State Fullerton
Austin Shenton, 3B - FIU
Jeremy Ydens, LF – UCLA
Gian Martellini, DH – Boston College
Lael Lockhart, 1B – Houston
Luke Roskam, C – Nebraska
Ryan Kreidler, SS - UCLA
Skyler Hunter, CF - Purdue
SP- Ryan Garcia, RHP - UCLA
Matt Wallner, RF – Southern Mississippi
Maverick Handley, C – Stanford
Austin Langworthy, CF – Florida
Kyle Stowers, LF – Stanford
Davis Sims, 1B – Murray State
Logan Davidson, SS – Clemson
Cam Cannon, 3B – Arizona
Edouard Julien, 2B – Auburn
Will Brennan, DH – Kansas State
Sp- TJ Sikkema, LHP – Missouri