FALMOUTH- The Wareham Gatemen are on a 3-game tear currently sitting at first place in the CCBL West Division and finally face Falmouth Commodores after two rain-delays
Ever since getting blown out against the Y-D Red Sox (3-2-1) 10-3 Jun. 12 in Boston The Gatemen have gone undefeated including 3 decisive wins and a tie. They key to Wareham’s recent success has been due to the emergence of its offense. The Gatemen have scored 4 or more runs the last 4 games and show no signs of slowing down.
Last night in a double-header championship rematch against the Chatham Anglers (4-3) The Gatemen put on an offensive clinic compiling 5 runs in a shutout game 1, and 8 runs in the second game.
Several players have stood out on the Gatemen run. Darren Baker (Cal Berkeley) has gotten a hit in all 6 Gatemen games and is currently batting a league leading .423. Baker is not someone who will launch the ball 430 feet every at-bat but he may be one of the smartest batters in college baseball and knows how to get on base.
Kameron Guangorena (Fullerton) is a good compliment to Baker providing the Wareham offense some power. Guangorena has already hit 3 doubles leading the team and has 3 RBI to his name.
Ian Bedell (Missouri) had the best start of the season last night for the Gatemen in game 1 of the double header pitching 4.2 innings of scoreless baseball only allowing 3 hits. It is obviously still early but these players have already shown off some true talent.
The Falmouth Commodores (2-3) on the other hand are the complete antithesis to the Wareham Gatemen. The Commodores looked great in their first 2 games of the season boasting the best pitching in the CCBL only allowing 3 runs. The script has changed the last 4 games with the Falmouth pitching staff giving up 7 or more runs in 3 out of the 4 games.
The Commodores were swept last night by the Harwich Mariners (3-3) and are now left searching for answers against the red-hot Wareham Gatemen. Ben Casparius (UNC) has been one of the bright spots for the Commodores batting .364 with 4 RBI.
Tommy Sheehan (Notre Dame) has also impressed pitching 4 innings of scoreless baseball only allowing 3 hits in an opening day 7-3 victory over the Harwich Mariners (3-3). Sheehan is on the mound tonight against the Gatemen.
For the Gatemen Bryce Elder (Texas) is on the mound. Elder also looked good on opening day in a 3-1 victory over the Brewster Whitecaps (3-3). Elder pitched 4 innings only allowing 1 run and 2 hits.
Here are the lineups:
1. Matthew Rudick, CF – San Diego State
2. Darren Baker, 2B – Cal Berkeley
3. Andy Thomas, C – Baylor
4. Adrian Del Castillo, DH – Miami
5. Jacob Teter, 1B – Southern Florida
6. Blame Sems, SS – Kansas
7. Mike Antico, LF – St. Johns
8. Chad Stevens, 3B – Portland
9. Braiden Ward, RF – Washington
SP: Bryce Elder – Texas
1. Hayden Cantrelle, SS - (Louisiana Lafayette)
2. Trei Cruz, 2B – Rice
3. Austin Langworthy, LF – Florida
4. Jackson Coutts, DH – Rhode Island
5. Steven Morreto, 3B – Cal State San Francisco
6. Tyler Ras, 1B – Alabama
7. Baron Radcliff, 8 – Georgia Tech
8. Sean Harrington, C – Boston College
9. Zach Deloach, RF – Western Michigan
SP: Tommy Sheehan (Notre Dame)
Photo by: Kristin Ostrowski