WAREHAM, MA: For a while, it looked like Wareham would finally put an end to a pair of dubious runs of futility that have lasted almost three weeks since the beginning of July. Heading into Sunday’s matchup with Brewster at Spillane Field the Gatemen hadn’t won at home since July third, a streak of six consecutive losses in Wareham. That July third win over Bourne was also the last time the Gatemen won two straight games. With a 3-2 lead against the Whitecaps Sunday night and all-star closer Konner Wade (Arizona) coming in to hold it in the ninth, a home victory and a winning streak seemed all but certain. Then the wheels fell off.
Whitecaps catcher Spencer Navin (Vanderbilt) ripped a single up the middle to lead off the frame and put the tying run on first. Kevin Williams (UCLA) then proceeded to loft a deep, sky-high fly ball to right field that Logan Uxa (Arkansas) misplayed and dropped. Since Navin was anticipating a catch, he only advanced to second once the ball hit the ground.
With runners on first and second with nobodyout, Wade induced a groundout from Brewster leadoff hitter Jeff McNeil (Long Beach State) and a pop out from two-hole hitter Derek Campbell (Cal). The runners did advance to second and third on a wild pitch during Campbell’s at bat. With two outs and a one and two count on Ryon Healy (Oregon), Wade left a fastball out over the plate and Healy ripped it into left field to tie the game. Then cleanup hitter Erik Forgione (Washington) tore the Gatemen’s collective hearts out with a line drive three run home run that barely cleared the left field fence. The homer gave Brewster its first lead of the game at 6-3.
Wareham loaded the bases with one out in the ninth before Kyle Schwarber (Indiana) bounced into a rare 1-2-3 double play to the pitcher’s mound as the potential winning run. The 6-3 loss was Wareham’s tenth in 14 games and seventh in a row at home. The Gatemen still have not won back-to-back games since improving to 9-7 with a 4-3 win over Bourne on July third.
This loss was not just gut wrenching but damaging in the standings. Hyannis and Bourne both won tonight to pull within a half game and a game and a half respectively, of Wareham for third place in the Western Division. The 13-17 Gatemen and 13-18 Harbor Hawks play each other tomorrow night in Hyannis. First pitch is at 7:00.