SEAN TENAGLIA (Gatemen Beat Writer)
BOURNE, MA: With the Gatemen missing a handful of starters and already eliminated from postseason contention, their make-up game with the Bourne Braves at Doran Park had a very different feel to it.
The Gatemen (14-27-2) dropped the penultimate game of their 2014 campaign, 5-0, to the Braves on Monday night. Bourne scored early and then late in the ballgame, as the Gatemen never assembled any substantial threat against the Braves, who clinched the top overall seed in the Cape Cod Baseball League Playoffs. A six-man pitching effort, led by starter Sam Kmiec (Winthrop), shutout and shutdown the Wareham offense.
Bourne shortstop Richie Martin Jr. (Florida) kicked off a fantastic night at the plate with a leadoff bunt single in the bottom of the first. Martin Jr., who would finish the night 4-4, came around to give the Braves a 1-0 lead on an RBI double to the left-centerfield gap from centerfielder Mark Laird (LSU).
The Gatemen and Braves would trade scoreless frames until the bottom of the sixth, when Bourne added a pair of runs to increase their lead to 3-0. Martin led off the inning by launching a 2-0 pitch from reliever Willie Kuhl (Cal State Fullerton) over the fence in left-centerfield for a solo home run. Laird would later come around to score with two outs on a wild pitch.
The Braves plated their final two runs of the game in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run blast from designated hitter Gavin Collins (Mississippi State) off reliever Ian Searles (Southern New Hampshire). Searles, a native of Wareham, signed a contract Sunday night and made his Gatemen debut Monday to help fill the depleted Wareham roster.
The Gatemen put a runner at second base in each of the first and third innings, but were unable to plate a run. Third baseman Danny Rosenbaum (Louisville) ripped a one-out triple to the right-centerfield gap in the top of the seventh, but was later caught in a pickle on the basepath.
Shortstop Kramer Robertson (LSU) capped off his All-Star summer with a 2-4 performance in the box on Monday night.
“I was just trying to see the ball and hit the ball hard,” Robertson said. “It was my last game of the summer so I just wanted to come out and have fun. I got a few good pitches to hit, and it was a good way to end the summer.”
Although the season did not turn out exactly as the Gatemen would have liked, Robertson said he will cherish the time he spent with his teammates and looks forward to returning next summer.
“I made memories with a bunch of good guys,” Robertson said. “I’m going to miss playing with them. Hopefully, I’ll be back to play with some of them next summer.”
The Gatemen will wrap up their 2014 campaign with one final matchup against the Braves at Spillane Field on Tuesday night (7 p.m. ET). Although their roster may look considerably different Tuesday, the Gatemen will look to send their fans home for the summer with a W.
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