WAREHAM- The bats once again come through for the Gatemen in a double-header sweep over the league leading Chatham Anglers on a rainy night in Wareham
The offensive prowess carried over from yesterday into today as Wareham jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning thanks to an RBI single by Kameron Guangorena (Fullerton). Darren Baker (Cal Berkeley) extended his hitting streak to 5 games getting on base with a single in the 1stinning.
The Gatemen offense continued to give the Chatham pitching staff fits in the 3rdloading the bases with no outs. From there the offense wasn’t as potent as yesterday’s 8thinning, but Jacob Teter (Florida Southern) made it a 2-0 game on an RBI groundout and Chad Stevens (Portland) hit a 2 RBI single giving the Gatemen a 4-0 lead.
“We have put a lot of pressure on opposing defenses the last couple of games” Rudick said. “If we keep getting runners in scoring positions like we have been and continue to play our style of baseball we will keep finding success.”
Wareham pitcher Ian Bedell (Mizzouri) was lights out in his 4.2 innings of work only allowing 3 hits and 2 walks. Unfortunately the same could not be said for Chatham pitcher Daniel Federman (Miami) who allowed 7 hits and 4 runs in 3 innings of action.
Jack Conlon (San Jacinto) didn’t fare much better against the Gatemen offense allowing a run on a wild pitch making it 5-0 in the 4thinning.
Trent Palmer (Jacksonville) took over for the Gatemen in the 5thinning and got himself into a jam in the 6thinning. There were runners on 2ndand 3rdwith no outs, and eventually the bases loaded with 2 outs but Palmer escaped unscathed blowing 2 strikeouts by Chatham batters.
Baker completed a 3 hit game in the 6thinning with a single loading the bases with no outs. The Gatemen Squandered the opportunity stranding all 3 runners. This had no impact on the outcome as Palmer easily closed out the ball game striking out 3 batters.
The Wareham shut out the Chatham Anglers in the first game of the double-header 5-0. Besides Baker playing fantastic, Matthew Rudick went 3-4 and has been a very reliable lead-off batter for the Gatemen.
“I just stayed within myself and didn’t swing at bad pitches” Rudick said. “I got some pitches I liked today and just played my game.”
Here are the lineups for Game 2:
1. Mathew Rudick, RF - San Diego State
2. Darren Baker, 2B - California Berkeley
3. Jacob Teter, 1B - Florida Southern
4. Adrian Del Castillo, DH – Miami
5. Kameron Guangorena, C - Cal State Fullerton
6. Mike Antico, LF - St. Johns
7. Chad Stevens, SS - Portland
8. Jack Winkler, 3B – San Fransico
9. Braiden Ward, CF - Washington
SP: Brendan Celucci – Tulane
1. Tyler Doanes, 2B – West Virginia
2. Kaden Polcovich, CF - Oklahoma State
3. Jamal O’Guinn II, 1B – USC
4. Paxton Wallace, 3B – Wichita State
5. Brady Smith, C - Florida
6. Drenis Ozuna, RF – Oklahoma Wesleyan
7. Adan Fernandez, DH – Florida International
8. Jorge Arenas, SS – Stetson
9. Vincenzo Bologna – San Joaquin Delta
SP: Haydn King – Nevada
It was not the debut that Brendan Cellucci (Tulane) would have wanted in the CCBL for the Wareham Gatemen. Cellucci walked 2 batters and gave up a 2-run home run to Jamal O’guinn II (USC) in the 1stinning.
In typical Wareham fashion the Gatemen offense took over for an inning in the 2nd. Jack Winkler (San Fransico) hit an RBI groundout making the score 2-1. Braiden ward followed up with an RBI groundout of his own tying the game 2-2. Then talking about a hot bat, Darren Baker (Cal Berkely) extended his hitting streak to 6 games and Jacob Teter (Florida Southern) hit a 2 RBI single for his first hit of the CCBL making the score 4-2.
Teter started the season 0-9, however he broke out tonight and has all the makings of a great hitter batting .348 with 12 HR and 54 RBI in his freshman season with Florida Southern.
“Not going to lie, I was tired of not being on base in general so I just went out there and had the same approach I have all season In trying to hit the ball hard” Teter said. “The Cape League has not been what I expected but it’s going really well. We are winning the details; hitting extra hits better than the other team and scoring more runs.
Adrian Del Castillo (Miami) is enjoying life in the CCBL hitting an RBI single making it 5-2. Just when you thought the storm had passed Kameron Guangorena (Fullerton) hit an RBI double extending the lead to 6-2.
Not a good game for the two starting pitchers. Celluci only lasted 2 innings giving up 3 hits and 2 runs also walking 2 batters. Haydn King (Nevada) had a worse go of things giving up 6 runs, 5 hits, and 3 walks in only 1.2 innings of work.
Garret Irvin (Arizona) threw a wild pitch allowing a Chatham run to score cutting the deficit to 6-3 in the 3rdinning, but besides that was solid throwing mind-boggling off-speed pitches.
The runs continued to pour in just as the rain during the game with Matthew Rudick (San Diego State) sending home a run on an RBI groundout making the score 7-3. Winkler tallied his second RBI of the night in the 5thinning with a single making the score 8-3.
It looked as though Chatham was out of life but in the 7thinning on their last out the Anglers cut the lead to 8-5 on a 2 RBI single hit by Keaton Rice (Bradley). Those runs proved to be too little too late as Wareham closed out the game securing an 8-5 victory.
With this win the Wareham Gatemen improve to (4-1-1) on the season as the Chatham Anglers fall to (4-3). Wareham is back in action tomorrow in Falmouth at 6 p.m. for a makeup game with the Commodores.
Photp by: Kristin Ostrowski