BOURNE, MA: After Wareham’s 6-3 win over Y-D on Tuesday night, it looked like the new arrivals from Omaha had made a spark to the struggling offense.
For the Gatemen, Wednesday night was back to quiet offense and struggling starting pitching, as Wareham fell to Bourne at Doran Park, 4-2.
Spencer Turnbull (Alabama) got the start and didn’t last long, as much of the scoring for both sides was early in the game. Turnbull got the hook in the third inning, as he only went 2 1/3 innings giving up three earned runs on six hits while walking three and only fanning one batter.
Bourne struck first against Turnbull in the bottom of the second. Bobby Boyd (West Virginia) led off with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch with Eric Fisher (Arkansas) at the plate and then got to third once Fisher singled to center.
Then Max Pentecost (Kennesaw State), perhaps the best hitter for the Braves, grounded into a 6-3 double play that scored Boyd from third.
Wareham came out hitting in the top of the second inning showing signs of fight and offensive power and discipline. The Gatemen scored all of their runs in the second on three hits.
Matt Walsh (Franklin Pierce) flew out to center and then Cole Stancil (St. Leo) grounded out to third for two quick outs in the inning.
With two outs, Danny Rosenbaum (Louisville) picked up his first hit of the season on a two-out single to left. He advanced to second on a wile pitch and then the batter, Ethan Gross (Memphis) came to the plate to impress.
Gross was signed to a temporary contract at the beginning of the season but singed a full contract after the game on Tuesday. He showed he belonged on this team when he tripled to left center that scored Rosenbaum to tie the game at one a piece.
CJ Saylor (SDSU) singled scoring Gross from third, giving the Gatemen a 2-1 lead.
That was all the scoring for the Gatemen.
In the bottom half of the inning, Trent Gilbert (Arizona) singled to left field and then Richard Gonzalez (Alabama State) walked, advancing Gilbert to second. Then Tim Caputo (URI) came to the plate and doubled to left field. This scored Gilbert, but Gonzalez tried to score the second run of the inning but was thrown out at home on a throw from Adam Toth (Baylor) in left field to Rosenbaum to the catcher Walsh for out number three.
Bourne scored its third run in the bottom of the third. Turnbull allowed a leadoff walk to Boyd and then a single to Fisher. Pentacost struck out and the runners each advanced 90 feet, prompting Turbull to intentionally walk Clint Freeman (East Tennessee State). Terry Thompson came from the dugout, signaled to the lefty Ryan Riga (Ohio State) to clean up the mess. He struck out Jeff Gardner (Louisville) but walked Vinny Siena (UCONN) to score Boyd from third.
After Bourne starter Kyle Kubat (Nebraska) was struggling in the second inning, he cruised the rest of the way to earn the win for the Braves. His final line was seven innings, five hits, two runs, both earned, no walks and seven strikeouts.
Next game for the Gatemen is game two of this home and home series against the Braves. The two play again at Spillane Field in Wareham on Thursday night at 7:00.