From the first pitch to the last the Wareham Gatemen dominated, both offensively and defensively, defeating the Falmouth Commodores 8-1. The Gatemen racked up 13 hits and the pitching staff struck out 11 batters.
The Gatemen put the Commodores in their rear view mirror in the first inning and didn’t look back. Matt McLain (UCLA) roped a double off the left field wall and Pete Derkay (Tennessee) sent him home on a single. Adrian Del Castillo sent home two more runs getting all of a ball left up in the zone hitting his team leading fifth home run of the summer.
Wareham kept pouring it on in the third inning. Derkay was once again involved hitting a single and Mr. July Matthew Rudick (San Diego State) sent him home on a double giving the Gatemen a 4-0 lead. Rudick had a slow start to the season but has burst on to the scene in the month of July going 2-4 with 2 RBI against Falmouth.
“I think just being confident is what has allowed me to play so well recently” Rudick said. “I just stayed within myself out there tonight and didn’t do too much. I caught some balls well off the bat and it was good.”
Derkay had himself a day getting his third single in the fifth inning. He finished the game going 3-5 with 1 RBI. Rudick sent home Derkay on a single extending the Wareham lead to 5-0. The fifth inning was also the last inning of action for Kevin Eaise (UPENN).
Eaise had a phenomenal Gatemen debut posting a final line of 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 SO. Eaise earned a win in his first appearance. The Falmouth starter Kenneth Haus (UCONN) did not fare as well on the mound finishing 3.0 IP 4 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 2 SO and receiving the loss.
Falmouth got a consolation run in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly. The run came at the hands of Michael Webb (Rhode Island College) who relieved Easise. Besides the one run, Webb had a nice outing going 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO.
Trey Lipscomb (Tennessee) is giving McLain a run for his money for most versatile player on the team. Lipcsomb is usually a third basemen, but took the mound for the Gatemen in the 9thinning. He looked right at home striking out two batters to seal the fate of the Commodores.
Four Gatemen players had multi-hit games. Rudick and Derkay were already mentioned, but mike Antico (St. Johns) is red hot right now going 2-4 and Braiden Ward (Washington) continues to be very reliable going 3-5 with 1 RBI. In comparison only two Falmouth players had hits.
Despite the loss, the Falmouth Commodores finished with the best record in the CCBL (27-15-2). The Commodores host the Bourne Braves in the first round of the playoffs. Game 1 is tonight at 6:00 p.m. at Arnie Allen Diamond Field.
The Wareham Gatemen will host the Cotuit Kettleers in the first round of the playoffs. Game 1 is tonight at 6:45 p.m. at Spillane Field. “I think we just have to score runs early and put pressure on their defense. As long as we pitch well and make the easy plays I expect us to play well” Rudick said.
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