WAREHAM- Gatemen and Harbor Hawks combined for 36 hits in three and a half hour game in which the Gatemen slipped away with a 12-10 victory
Brandon Pfaadt (Bellarmine) had an uncharacteristic start to the ball game. Coming into the game Pfaadt had only allowed one run in 16 innings but he allowed but he allowed two quick runs in the first inning. Trevor Hauver (ASU) hit an RBI sac-fly and Hunter Goodman (Memphis) hit an RBI single.
The Wareham offense answered right back in the bottom half of the first. Adrian Del Castillo (Miami), Jacob Teter (Florida Southern) hit singles, and Dallas Beaver (South Carolina) sent home Teter on an RBI single. Tora Otsuka (San Diego) hit an RBI single tying the ball game. Teter hit a base clearing triple to give the Gatemen a 5-2 lead.
“Coming around second I started swimming in the air and almost stumbled but I really wanted it and I ended up reaching third safely luckily” Teter said. “On the triple the pitch was a slider heavy and it was exactly what I was looking for and the ball went exactly where I wanted it.”
Hauver recorded his second RBI of the night in the 3rd inning sending home a run on a double cutting the deficit to 5-3. Jared DeSantolo (Florida Atlantic) cut the Gatemen lead to 1 on an RBI single.
By the 3rd inning every Gatemen player had a hit besides Chad Stevens (Portland). Benjamin Sems (Kansas) went yard that inning launching a two-run home run into right giving the Gatemen a 7-4 lead. Wareham now has hit 8 home runs in the month of July.
Tanner Bibee (Cal State Fullerton) took over for Pfaadt in the 4th inning. Pfaadt’s final line was 3.0 IP, 4 ER, 6 H. Goodman advanced to single on an error sending home a run making the score 7-5.
From here the game got a little crazy. Trent Fredrickson (Minnesota) walked in a run with the bases loaded in the 5th inning. An error with the bases loaded in the 6th inning made the score 9-5. A walked in run made the score 10-5.
Jeremy Williams (Nova Southeastern) took over for Bibee in the 7th inning. Goodman Hit a 2 RBI double into left making the score 10-7. In the 8thinning Braiden Ward (Washington) made a circus throw to home but it was not in time as a run scored making the score 10-8.
Teter provided some much needed run insurance in the 8th inning. A 2 RBI single made the score 12-8 and these runs proved to be very important for the 9th inning. Ben Leeper (Oklahoma State) took the mound for the 9th inning and struggled. Edouard Julien (Auburn) hit a 2 RBI double making the score 12-10. Luckily Leeper was able to escape only allowing the 2 runs.
It was a field day for the Gatemen offense. 7 out of 9 players had multiple hit games. Darren Baker (Cal Berkeley) was 3-6 with 1 RBI, Teter was 3-6 with 3 RBI, Otsuka was 3-4 with 1 RBI, and Sems was 2-5 with 2 RBI.
“This is the 4th day in a row that the top of the order has gotten to bat 6 times so it feels great it is always fun getting to see pitches” Teter said. “We love wins and hits always energize you up but in a game where there is this many runs it is very hard to stay motivated.”
The Gatemen improve to 12-10-1 on the season and don’t gain ground but hold onto first place in the West Division. No ground was gained because the Cotuit Kettleers are only one point behind in the standings with a 11-10-2 record after defeating the Bourne Braves 8-6. The Hyannis Harbor Hawks are still stuck in 5th place of the West Division with a record of 5-17-1.
The Gatemen are back in action tonight in a West Division matchup hosting the Cotuit Kettleers tonight at 6:45 p.m.
Photo by: Kristin Ostrowski