WAREHAM – The Wareham Gatemen begin the second round of the playoffs today when they take on the Falmouth Commodores tonight at 6:30 p.m. in Wareham at Spillane Field in the West Division Finals.
Before the series gets underway, let’s take a look at the Wareham opponent and how they fared in the CCBL this season.
The Opponent: Falmouth Commodores
The Commodores enter play in the postseason as the number three seed in the West Division. Their record of 24-19-1 was good for 49 points and was actually identical to their record last year when they won the West Division. In a very competitive West, Falmouth was right in the thick of things all season long.
In the playoffs, Falmouth won their round one series over the number two seed Hyannis Harbor Hawks and beat them in both games to sweep the series 2-0.
Despite the series sweep, the games between the Commodores and Harbor Hawks were very competitive as Falmouth won Game 1 by a score of 2-1 and then won Game 2 yesterday 3-2 on a walk-off single by Cam Cannon to knock out Hyannis.
Over their last 12 games, Falmouth is 8-r over that stretch and is playing some of their best baseball when it matters most.
The Prior Matchups: Gatemen (1 seed) vs Commodores (3 seed)
Wareham went 3-3 versus Falmouth this summer with each team winning two of their three games on the road. In total, Wareham narrowly outscored Falmouth in the season series 22-20.
Game 1 – June 15: Gatemen 7, Commodores 4
Wareham entered played 3-0 and looked like they were about to drop their first game of the summer. The Gatemen trailed 4-2 in the seventh, but they used a five-run rally to come back and defeat Falmouth 7-4.
Skyler Hunter hit an RBI single to drive in two runs and tie the game. The score did not remain tied for very long as the next batter, Andrew Vaughn, hit a three-run homer to right field to complete the comeback. With the win, Wareham won a season-high four games in a row.
Game 2 – July 7: Commodores 6, Gatemen 4
The Gatemen held a 3-2 lead entering the ninth, but the Commodores capitalized on a big error by Zach Hart to spark a four-run rally in the ninth. With runners on first and second and no outs in the ninth, Falmouth dropped down a sacrifice bunt to try and advance the runners into scoring position. Hart came off the mound, fielded cleanly and threw the ball into left field as he tried to cut down the lead runner.
One run would score on that play to tie the game and then Logan Davidson hit a sac fly to drive in the go-ahead run. Falmouth would tack on two more before winning 6-4.
Game 3 – July 14: Commodores 3, Gatemen 0
The Gatemen offense was shut out for just the second time all season as Falmouth allowed just three hits in a 3-0 win. Tyler Dyson started for the Commodores and he allowed just one hit while striking out eight over five innings. Austin Langworthy was the offensive star of the game as he hit a solo homer in the first inning and a two-run homer in the eight to provide the game with its only runs.
Game 4 – July 25: Gatemen 3, Commodores 1
Ryan Garcia was dominant once again for the Gatemen as he went six innings and recorded the win while striking out five. The game was tied 1-1 in the seventh until Skyler Hunter drove an RBI single to left field to break the tie and give the Gatemen a 2-1 lead. Gian Martellini gave the Gatemen an insurance run when doubled to right field to put Wareham up 3-1. All three runs scored for the Gatemen in this game came with two outs. To end the game, Easton Lucas pitched three shutout innings and got the save.
Game 5 – July 26: Commodores 5, Gatemen 3
In another close game, the Gatemen and Commodores were tied 3-3 in the seventh inning when Cam Cannon delivered the game-winning hit, driving in two runs to put Falmouth up 5-3 in the seventh. Jared Horn took the loss for Wareham as he allowed the two runs to score in the seventh inning despite pitching five total innings and striking out six hitters.
Game 6 – July 27: Gatemen 5, Commodores 1
Wareham won the final game of the season series and pitched one of their best games of the summer. Derek West, MacGregor Hines, and Joey Baran surrendered just two hits throughout the whole game. West went 5.1 IP and kept the Commodores in check all afternoon. Jeremy Ydens and Drew Millas each drove in runs and Isaac Collins knocked in two to provide the offense for the game.
Austin Shenton (12) and Jeremy Ydens (7) occupy their normal three and four spots in the lineup as the Gatemen play the Commodores tonight for Game 1 of the West Division Finals (via Caroline O'Connor).
For today’s game, here are the lineups:
Isaac Collins, RF - Creighton
Oliver Dunn, 2B – Utah
Austin Shenton, 3B - FIU
Jeremy Ydens, LF – UCLA
Drew Millas, DH – Missouri State
Gian Martellini, C – Boston College
Lael Lockhart Jr., 1B - Houston
Ryan Kreidler, SS - UCLA
Skyler Hunter, CF - Purdue
SP- Zach Hart, RHP – Franklin Pierce
Will Brennan, LF – Kansas State
Maverick Handley, C – Stanford
Austin Langworthy, CF – Florida
Cam Cannon, 3B – Arizona
Matt Wallner, RF – Southern Mississippi
Logan Davidson, SS – Clemson
Edouard Julien, DH – Auburn
Herbert Iser, 1B – Dallas Baptist
Hayden Cantrelle, 2B – Louisiana Lafayette
SP- Adam Laskey, LHP – Duke