WAREHAM- Coming off a big victory that propelled the Gatemen to first place in the Western Division, Wareham hosts the Harwich Mariners (3-5) who currently sit at the bottom of the Eastern Division at 6:45 p.m.
The Wareham Gatemen are currently clicking on all cylinders and the results have shown. The Gatemen defeated the Cotuit Kettleers (4-3-1) last night 6-0 taking sole possession of first place in the Western Division.
The Gatemen dominated all aspects of the game last night with lights out pitching and the ability to hit at will. Wareham had 13 hits and only gave up 4. The offense was so effective that every starting player had a hit besides one.
Some standout performers were Braiden Ward (Washington) going 2-5 with 3 RBI, Daren Baker (Cal Berkeley) who went 3-4, Dallas Beaver (UCF) who was 3-5 in his CCBL debut, and on the pitching side Brandon Pfaadt (Bellarimine) who pitched 5 shutout innings striking out 6 batters and only allowing 2 hits.
The Gatemen do not have the most powerful offense with only 2 home runs, but do the lead the CCBL in team batting average at .294. Wareham has the most hits in the league by a wide margin and have been frustrating pitchers all season.
Two of the most frustrating players to play against on the Gatemen have been Baker and Benjamin Sems (Kansas) Sems is currently ranked 6thin the CCBL with a batting average of .350 and Baker leads the CCBL with a batting average of .400.
Pitching has been an issue for the Gatemen in the first couple of games with a team ERA of 3.84 which is rather poor compared to the 2.26 that leads the CCBL Last night however, it looked like the pitching is taking a turn for the better.
The Harwich Mariners have had a slow start to the season currently ranked last in the Eastern Division. The Mariners have lost 2 games in a row and the biggest issue has been consistency. Harwich goes from losing a one run game to getting blown out in consecutive nights.
The results may not be there but several Mariners players have stood out. Joey Wiemer Jr. (Cincinatti) is batting .368, and most impressive of everyone Logan Allen (FIU) is 1-0 and in 11 innings pitched has only allowed 4 hits, no runs, and has struck out 17 batters.
Here are the lineups:
1. Braiden Ward, CF – Washington
2. Adrian Del Castillo, C – Miami
3. Dallas Beaver, 3B – UCF
4. Jacob Teter, 1B – Southern Florida
5. Mike Antico, DH – St. Johns
6. Benjamin Sems, SS – Kansas
7. Matthew Rudick, RF – San Diego State
8. Matt McLain, 2B – UCLA
9.Tora Otsuka, LF – San Diego
SP: Jonathon Gates – Miami
1. Chris Galland, DH – Boston College
2. Christian Fedko, 2B – Uconn
3. Joey Wiemer Jr, CF – Cincinnati
4. Bobby Seymour, 1B – Wake Forest
5. Chris Lanzilli, LF – Wake Forest
6. Tyler Keenan, 3B – Mississippi
7. Michael Rothenberg, C – Duke
8. Michael Ludowig, RF – Wake Forest
9. Brian Dempsey, SS – Boston College
SP: Jacob Palisch – Stanford
Photo by: Kristin Ostrowski