Frustration is the best word to describe Wareham’s game yesterday against the Falmouth Commodores. The Gatemen had 11 hits but that was only enough to get 1 run across the plate. On the bright side several gatemen players stood out.
Darren Baker was 2-4 (Cal Berkely), Matt McLain (UCLA) was 3-4, and Mike Antico (St. Johns) was 2-3. Baker was confident after last night that the Gatemen will bounce back tonight and do a better job at scoring runners.
Pitching has not been a strong suit for the Gatemen this season. Trent Palmer (Jacksonville) has been an exception and one of the best pitchers in the CCBL. Palmer did not look like his usual self on the mound last night posting a final line of 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO.
As for the Commodores, Nick Nastrini (UCLA) had a great night finishing with 4.1 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 6 SO. Caleb Wurster (UCONN) relived Nastrimi and his bend but not break mentality was the mantra for the whole squad. It looked like Wurster would be tagged for runs multiple times but he escaped finishing the night going 2.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 SO.
Falmouth has worked its way back right into the West Division race. The Commodores are 15-12-1 and are only 2 points back of the Cotuit kettleers for 2ndplace in the West Division. The Gatemen play the Commodores tonight and twice on Friday so this potentially the biggest stretch of the season for both teams. It is almost guaranteed that both teams will be in the playoffs but considering how much better the Gatemen have played at home seeding may have a large impact.
On the mound for the Commodores is Justin Wrobleski (Clemson). Wrobleski is 1-1 on the season with an ERA of 10.60 in 9.1 IP with 12 SO and 7 BB. Oposing him is Ian Bedell (Missouri) Bedell will be the starter for the West Division CCBL All-Star team and has had a great season for the Gatemen. Bedell is 3-0 with a .70 ERA in 25.2 IP with 28 SO and only 3 BB.
Here are the lineups
1. Braiden Ward, CF – Washington
2. Darren Baker, 2B – Cal Berkeley
3. Jacob Teter, 1B – Florida Southern
4. Adrian Del Castillo, DH – Miami
5. Matt McLain, 3B – UCLA
6. Dallas Beaver, C – South Carolina
7. Benjamin Sems, SS – Kansas
8. Tora Otsuka, RF – San Diego
9. Mike Antico, LF – St. Johns
SP. Ian Bedell (Missouri)
1. Hayden Cantrelle, 2B – LSU
2. Blake Dunn, CF – Western Michigan
3. Trei Cruz, 3B – Rice
4. Taylor Smith, C – Grayson County College
5. Baron Radcliff, RF – Georgia Tech
6. Troy Claunch, DH – Oregon State
7. Jackson Coutts, 1B – Rhode Island
8. Austin Masel, LF – Holy Cross
9. Kevin Kendall, SS- UCLA
SP. Justin Wrobleski – Clemson
Photo by: Kristin Ostrowski