In my playoff preview article I mentioned that the Gatemen will not win a slugfest series. Now, here we are heading into game 3 and the Cotuit offense has dominated. In game 1 the Kettleers scored 7 runs and in game 2 scored 22 runs.
Cotuit has 5 home runs this post season. The next most is 1 just for some context. Wareham has yet to hit a home run against Cotuit in 5 games and it has shown in the score lines. Cotuit is batting an astonishing .341. The next best team batting average is .310. Of course the sample size is small but all the signs are in Cotuit’s favor.
Wareham has scored 10 runs in two games which doesn’t sound bad on face value, but the pitching has not gotten the job done for the Gatemen. In game 1 Ian Bedell (Missouri) struggled finishing with a line of 3.1 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 3 SO.
In game 2 three Gatemen pitchers allowed four or more runs. The 22 run game obviously inflated the team ERA but having a 13.00 ERA with the next worst being 6.35 is glaring. This is not a sustainable and if the Gatemen don’t figure out the Cotuit offense tonight they will be going home early. Surprisingly Nick Gonzales (New Mexico State) has not been the problem for Wareham.
Gonzales was awarded the CCBL MVP before game 2, but is currently only 3-11 through two games. The offense has instead run through Oraj Anu (Kentucky) and Adam Oviedo (TCU). Anu is 4-7 with two doubles and 5 RBI and Oviedo is 4-8 with 2 RBI.
Adrian Del Castillo (Miami) and Trey Lipscomb (Tennessee) have carried the offensive workload for the Gatemen. Del Castillo looks revitalized after a slower second half of the season going 4-8 with 1 RBI. Lipscomb has taken the CCBL by storm since joining the Gatemen last week currently going 4-9 with 3 RBI.
Dallas Beaver (South Carolina) and Braiden Ward (Washington) have been two of the most consistent performers for the Gatemen all season but have had slow starts to the playoffs. Beaver is 0-4 and Ward is 2-9 to start the playoffs.
On the mound for the Gatemen is Brandon Pfaadt (Bellarmine). With Wareham’s season on the line there is nobody better to have on the mound tonight. In two appearances against Cotuit this season he went a combined 8 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 12 SO.
As for Cotuit Nick Jones (Georgia Southern) is on the mound. Jones was shelled by Wareham on July 29th. He went 1 inning allowing 6 hits on 1 run and 6 walks. Jones pitched in game 1 of the playoffs finishing with a line of 0.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 SO.
Here are the lineups
1. Braiden Ward, CF – Washington
2. Matt Rudick, RF – San Diego State
3. Jacob Teter, 1B – Florida Southern
4. Adrian Del Castillo, DH – Miami
5. Dallas Beaver, C – South Carolina
6. Matt McLain, 2B – UCLA
7. Trey Lipscomb, 3B – Tennessee
8. Chad Stevens, SS – Portland
9. Mike Antico, LF – St. Johns
SP. Brandon Pfaadt (Bellarmine)
1. Nick Gonzales, 2B – New Mexico State
2. Matt Mervis, 1B – Duke
3. Oraj Anu, RF – Kentucky
4. Casey Schmitt, 3B – San Diego State
5. Coltyn Kessler, DH – Kentucky
6. Parker Chavers, LF – Coastal Carolina
7. Adam Oviedo, SS – TCU
8. Donta Williams, CF – Arizona
9. Cody Pasic, C – Maine Orono
SP. Nick Jones – Georgia Southern
Photo by Kristin Ostrowski