HYANNIS, Mass. Jack Armstrong (Vanderbilt) pitches a complete game (7 innings), allowing only 2 hits and picking up his CCBL leading 3rd win of the season as the Wareham Gatemen take game 1 of the double header with the Hyannis Mets 4-0 at McKeon Park next to Hyannis Harbor.
The Gatemen (8-8-1) wasted no time getting on the board in the first game of the twin bill, as Derek Dietrich (Georgia Tech) tripled to left field and Zach Wilson (Arizona State) extended his hitting streak to eight games with a two-run home run to left, his second of the year. The 2-0 lead was all the Wareham starter Jack Armstrong (3-0) would need. Armstrong became the league’s first three-game winner by tossing a complete game shutout, the first Gatemen pitcher to accomplish that feat this year. Armstrong gave up no runs and only two hits over seven innings, striking out six and walking three.
The Gatemen gave Armstrong some added insurance in the top of the seventh inning. Cole Leonida (Georgia Tech) connected on his first home run of the year, leading off the inning with a solo shot to right field, putting the Gatemen up 3-0. George Springer (Connecticut) doubled down the right field line with two outs and was driven home by Dietrich to put Wareham on top by a count of 4-0.
The recently adopted CCBL policy of playing 7 inning games when double-headers are scheduled worked in Wareham’s favor. The Gatemen jumped out to an early lead in this shortened inning game and because of the complete game victory by Armstrong, preserved the Gatemen bullpen for game 2 of the double-header. The win brings Wareham back to the .500 mark less than 24 hours after dipping below that level for the first time all season.