FALMOUTH- The Wareham Gatemen (4-2-1) had a 5-4 lead heading into 7thinning but give up grand-slam to drop game to the Falmouth Commodores (3-3-1) 8-5.
The Gatemen jumped out to an early lead as Chad Stevens (Portland) beat out the throw to first in the 2ndinning on an infield hit sending home Jacob Teter (Southern Florida) making the score 1-0. It was certainly an odd play as Tommy Sheehan (Notre Dame) may have had an easier out at home yet his teammates yelled at him to throw and it turned out being the wrong choice.
Bryce Elder (Texas) struggled to find his control in the ball game walking 3 straight batters loading the bases in the 2ndinning. From there Zach Deloach (Texas A&M) hit into a fieldder’s choice sending home a run tying the game 1-1, and Trei Cruz (Rice) picked up his first RBI of the summer sending home a run on a sac-fly making the score 2-1.
Elder continued to struggle and walking his 4thbatter of the inning was the last straw ending his night. Coy Cobb (Texas) took over with the bases loaded and 2 outs and luckily it only took 1 pitch for Cobb to get out of the jam forcing a fly-out.
“This outing was a lot better than my first outing we have been working on adjustments all week in practice” Cobb said. “My play is starting to come along I felt good out there.”
The Wareham offense came alive in the 4thwith the bases loaded and only 1 out. Stevens came through for the Gatemen hitting a 2 RBI double giving Wareham a 3-2 lead. Mike Antico (St. Johns) also scored in the inning on an error making the score 4-2.
The Gatemen offense kept the train rolling with Teter hitting an RBI single in the 5thinning making it a 5-2 game. David Rhodes (Washington) took over for Cobb in the 5thinning and it didn’t take long for Falmouth to take advantage with Sean Harrington (Babson) hit into a fielder’s choice making the sore 5-3. Cruz hit an RBI single in the 6thcutting Wareham’s lead to 5-4.
The turning point of the game for both teams was the 7thinning. Due to 2 players being hit by pitches the Gatemen had the bases loaded but failed to add any more runs to their lead. Falmouth answered the call loading the bases themselves but didn’t squander the opportunity. Hayden Cantrelle (Louisiana Lafayette) hit a grand slam making the score 8-5.
Wareham made a late push in the 9thinning loading the bases. The inning should have been over earlier as Teter struck out but Deloach rushed the throw tossing it over Tyler Ras’ (Alabama) head. Antico had a chance at some magic but struck out to end the game.
Several players had breakout games for the Commodores. Cantrelle was 4-5 with 4 RBI, Cruz was 4-4 with 2 RBI, and Caleb Wurster (UCONN) was great in relief pitching 2 shutout innings with 3 strikeouts.
It was not all doom and gloom for Wareham as some players stood out. Stevens was 2-4 with 3 RBI, Andy Thomas, celebrating his 21st birthday, was 2-4, and Cobb pitched 2.2 inning only allowing 1 run.
Wareham is back in action tomorrow night at 6:45 hosting the Hyannis Harbor Hawks (0-6-1). Joseph Baran (East Stroudsburg) is expected to make his second start of the season for the Gatemen and Billy Corcoran (Pittsburg) is expected to be on the mound for the Harbor Hawks.
“I think we need to just keep doing what we have been doing”
Cobb said. “It’s baseball, things won’t go your way everyday so we have to keep fighting and working.”
Photo by: Kristin Ostrowski