Fresh off a 9-1 victory over the Hyannis Harbor Hawks, the Gatemen now have a chance to get 4 critical points in a tight West Division race. Wareham is in Hyannis for a double-header with the first game scheduled for 3:00 p.m.
The Gatemen are in the midst of their most crucial part of the season. The Gatemen have 6 games to work their way into better seeding for the CCBL playoffs. Wareham currently sits in 3rdplace in the West Division with 41 points. The Cotuit Kettleers are in 2ndplace with 42 points and the Falmouth Commodores have 49 points in first place.
Wareham are 8-11 this season on the road so not having homefield advantage could be detrimental. As things stand right now, the Gatemen would be playing the Kettleers in the first round of the playoffs and two of those games would be on the road.
Friday night Wareham lost to Cotuit 6-1. Cotuit dominated in all facets and you could argue they are the better team right now. The Gatemen are 2-3 against the Kettleers this season so it’s not to say Cotuit is far superior but at this point in the season the Gatemen are not as dominant.
One of the biggest factors for the recent struggles has been the offense. The Gatemen have built a reputation on smart offensive baseball leading the CCBL in basically every offensive category. The offensive success was great at covering up the pitching struggles, but now that the offense has dissipated the pitching issues are glaring.
The Gatemen rank 6thin the CCBL for team ERA (4.05) and steal lead the CCBL in team batting average (.279). The talent is still obviously there but getting it on a consistent basis has been an issue for this team.
The offense came alive last night in a 9-1 blowout victory over the Hyannis Harbor Hawks. Hyannis currently has a run differential of -119. The next worst run differential is -21. That number is dumbfounding and may have inflated some of the stats from the game last night. However, the Gatemen will take offense in any way they can find it, and this could serve a big confidence boost for the position players.
Earlier this season you would find multiple Gatemen at the top of the league batting average leaders. Now Dallas Beaver (South Carolina) is in 11th, Braiden Ward (Washington) is 13th, and Matt McLain (UCLA) is in 15th. This is still very impressive but for a team that has an identity revolving around good offense that may not be good enough.
All is not doom and gloom, as the Gatemen now have this crucial stretch against all West Division opponents to get back to the baseball they played earlier in the season. Unfortunately for the Harbor Hawks this stretch of final games is not as important.
Hyannis is 1-11 in its last 12 games and is officially eliminated from playoff contention. The problem for the Harbor Hawks has been the defense and pitching. The Harbor Hawks have a league worst 6.92 ERA; the next worse is 4.59. Hyannis has the 2ndmost errors with 47.
Two bright spots for the Harbor Hawks have been Ian Fair (Northeastern) and Hunter Goodman (Memphis). Fair has been phenomenal posting a .394 batting average with 5 RBI. Fair has a hit in the last 12 out of 13 games. Goodman has been the heartbeat of the Harbor Hawk offense with a .289 batting average and 35 RBI.
Here are the Game 1 lineups
1. Braiden Ward, CF – Washington
2. Matt McLain, 3B – UCLA
3. Jacob Teter, 1B – Florida Southern
4. Adrian Del Castillo, DH – Miami
5. Dallas Beaver, C – South Carolina
6. Ben Sems, SS – Kansas
7. Matt Rudick, RF – San Diego State
8. Zack Mathis, 2B – LSU
9. Mike Antico, LF – St. Johns
SP. Will Fleming – Wake Forest
1. Jordan Westburg, SS – Mississippi State
2. Ian Fair, 1B – Northeastern
3. Trevor Hauver, CF – Arizona State
4. Hunter Goodman, C – Memphis
5. Jared Desantolo, DH – Florida Atlantic
6. Lucas Dunn, 2B – Louisville
7. Rigbsby Mosley, RF – Troy
8. Jackson Olson, 3B – Hartford
9. Rowdey Jordan, CF – Mississippi State
SP. Landon Kelly - Memphis
Photo By: Kristin Ostrowski