The Gatemen offense coming into the game only had 5 runs in the past 3 games. Wareham has thrived on good offensive play all season but were in its worst offensive stretch. Last night the offense came alive and the Gatemen snapped a 2-game losing streak.
Ian Bedell (Missouri) started the game firing on all cylinders. Bedell struck out 4 out of the first 6 batters he faced in back-to-back 1-2-3 innings.
“My fastball command was really good in the first few innings. My off-speed pitches were working really well too” Bedell said. “Towards the 4thinning I began to lose more command and it was just a struggle to get through it.”
The Gatemen offense showed some signs of life in the 3rdinning. Mike Antico (St. Johns) and Braiden Ward (Washington) hit back to back singles. Both runners advanced on a double steal with only 1 out in the inning. Matt McLain (UCLA) sent home on a sacrifice fly giving the Gatemen a 1-0 lead.
The Harbor Hawks had back to back singles of its own in the 4thinning with no outs. A wild pitch advanced both runners giving Hyannis a great opportunity. Hyannis failed to do any damage as Bedell smartly worked his way out of the jam.
“That was a big relief getting out of the that jam” Bedell said. “After that first out I muttered under my breath bend don’t break. That was one of my dad’s mottos when growing up, so it was nice to apply that motto tonight.”
The 4thand 5thinnings are when the flood gates opened for the Gatemen.
Adrian Del Castillo (Miami) opened the 4thwith a single and Dallas Beaver (South Carolina) hit a double. Benjamin Sems (Kansas) extended the lead to 2 on a sacrifice fly. Matt Rudick (San Diego State) made it 3-0 on a single but didn’t earn the RBI. Ward sent home 2 more runs giving the Gatemen a 5-0 lead. 9 Gatemen batters had an at-bat in the 4thinning.
Deja-vu as Del Castillo opened the 5thinning with a single, and Sems followed with a single of his own. The bases were loaded on a walk and Rudick scored on a passed ball. Zack Mathis (LSU) stretched the lead to 8-0 on a 2 RBI single. Ward collected his 3rdRBI of the night on a sacrifice groundout. McLain made it 9-0 on a single.
Hyannis had some major pitching issues in the 4thand 5thinning. Glenn Albanese (Louisville) finished with a line of 4.0 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO. Nothing went right for Trevor DeLaite (Maine Orono) in the 5thinning. DeLaite could just not find the strike zone posting a final line of 1.0 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 2 SO.
Trey Dillard (Missouri) took over for his Tiger teammate in the 6thinning. Bedell posted a final lune of 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 8 SO. Dillard cruised through his appearance finishing with a final line of 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 4 SO. The one hit Dillard allowed was an Anthony Servideo (Mississippi) home run in the 8thinning.
Ironically enough after a rough start for the Hyannis pitching, it was flawless in the final 3 innings. Mitch McIntyre (BYU) and Angus McCloskey (Pace) threw a combined no hitter for the final 3 frames of action.
Ward was 2-5 with 3 RBI, McLain was 2-3 with 2 RBI, and Del Castillo was 1-3 with 2 walks. 8 Gatemen players registered a hit but only 2 managed to have multi-hit games. Bedell earned the win and Albanese earned the loss.
With the win the Gatemen improve to 20-17-1 on the season while Hyannis drops to 7-30-1 on the year. The Gatemen still sit in 3rdplace in the West Division 1 point out of second place; which is held by Cotuit. The Gatemen are back in action for a double-header today in Hyannis. The first game is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. and the second game will begin 30 minutes after the first.
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