WAREHAM, MA: The Wareham Gatemen allowed 4 first inning runs to the Cotuit Kettleers and couldn’t work their way back into the game on their way to 5-3 loss at Spillane Field on Sunday night.
Gatemen starter Trey Killian (Arkansas) had a tough start to this one as the Kettleers led off the game with 5 consecutive hits; hightlighted by Rhett Wiseman (Vanderbilt) 2-run triple as Cotuit jumped out to an early 4-0 lead. Wiseman turned out to be the offensive star of the game with his 2 for 4, 2 rbi, 1 run scored performance.
Killian, despite the 4-run first inning, settled down nicely for the Gatemen and kept them in this game for a while as he retired the next 8 consecuitve batters and allowed only 3 additional hits for the remainder of the game. He pitched 7 full innings, struck out 6 and walked 3.
Cotuit Manager Mike Roberts handed the ball to RHP Ben Smith (Coastal Carolina) and after 2.2 innings of shutout ball, he was lifted due to an undisclosed injury. Pat Corbett (Coastal Carolina) got the early call out of the bullpen and held the Gatemen at bay over the next 3.1 innings. Wareham did manage to get to Corbett for a run in the 6th inning. Trevor Podratz (Hawaii) singled and was later brought home on a 2-out groundout by Chris Chinea (LSU) that resulted in a thowing error by the Kettleer infield.
The Gatemen scratched across a couple of runs in the 8th inning to make this game interesting down the stretch. With two outs, Daniel Rosenbaum (Louisville) singled and that was followed by a Chris Chinea walk. Sean McMullen (LSU) delivered a clutch 2-out single that drove in a run. A Cotuit throwing error allowed a second run to score on the play and Wareham found themselves trailing by only 2 heading into the ninth.
Wareham managed 8 hits against the combination of Smith, Corbett, Alex Hill (Seton Hill) and Brian Miller (Vanderbilt) and struck out 0 times in total in the game. Cole Sturgeon (Louisville) and Brett Pirtle (Mississippi State) were bright spots at the top of the Gatemen order – Sturgeon going 2 for 5 and Pirtle collecting 3 hits in 5 at bats.
On the season, the Gatemen are 0-5 against division rival Cotuit and have been outscored by a total of 22-8. The loss drops the last place Gatemen to 5-21 on the season while Cotuit improves to 17-10 and is in first place in the CCBL Western Division.
Wareham will play on Monday in Falmouth at Arnie Allen Diamond at Guv Fuller Field and first pitch is 6:30pm. The Gatemen broadcast team will be on the air at 6:15pm with the Gatemen Pregame Show that you can listen to right here at www.gatemen.org.