HARWICH- Wareham suffered 2-0 loss and 13-4 loss to Mariners on foggy and rainy day in Harwich
After having their best offensive performance last night the same could not be said about how the team played today. In game 1 of the double header the Gatemen got shutout and that was all because 1 player.
Jacob Palisch (Stanford) pitched a complete game shutout going 7 innings striking out 10 batters and only allowing 6 hits. Palisch has been great for the Mariners this season with a 2-1 record and a 1.05 ERA in 17 innings pitched striking out 23 batters.
Palisch got all the run support he needed in the 2ndinning. Patrick Winkel (UCONN) hit an RBI single and Chris Lanzilli (Wake Forest) hit a single sending home a run that was unearned due to an error. JP Gates (Miami) went 3.1 innings for the Gatemen allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits striking out 4 batters.
Levi Prater (Oklahoma) relieved Gates. Prater looked very confident on the mound immediately picking off 2 base runners to work his way out of a jam in the 3rdinning. From there Prater cruised through the final 2 innings only allowing 1 hit striking out 4 batters.
“I finally felt like my arm was live again and I found a good feel for my breaking ball earlier in the bullpen” Prater said. “ It’s not easy coming into a situation like that with runners on 1stand 2ndbut getting them out helped me build my confidence for the rest of the ball game.”
In game 2 the story of the game was the Wareham pitching faltering. Michael Webb (Rhode Island College) struggled allowing 6 runs on 7 hits in 2 innings of work. Niko Kavadas (Notre Dame) did all the damage in the first inning launching a 3 run home run.
Webb had a similar 2ndinning allowing 3 runs again. This time around Dylan Neuse and Joey Wiemer Jr. did the damage. Neuse hit an RBI single and Wiemer Jr. hit a 2 RBI double. Just like that after just.2 innings the Gatemen found themselves in a 6 run hole.
The mountain to coming back only got steeper when Austin Weiermiller (Stanford) came into the game for the Gatemen. Daniel Cabrera hit a 3 RBI triple and Kavadas continued his great night hitting an RBI double making the score 10-3.
Those 3 Gatemen runs came at the top of the 4thinning as Matt McLain (UCLA) hit a 3 run homerun. The McLain hit was 1 of the only 3 the Gatemen were able to tally in the 2ndgame. Cole Stetzar (St. Josephs) made his Gatemen debut and allowed 3 runs in 2 innings but only 1 was earned.
“I saw a fastball that I could hit on the homerun and it ended up going out” McLain said. “You have to give credit to where credit is due they have a very good pitching staff but I don’t think anyone can beat our lineup when we go out there and do what we do.”
The Gatemen still sit atop the Western Division with a record of 11-10-2. Harwich improves to 10-12 on the season but still find themselves in last place in the East Division. The Gatemen will attempt to bounce back tomorrow night hosting the Hyannis Harbor Hawks at 6:30 p.m.
Photo by: Kristin Ostrowski