CHATHAM, MA: – CCBL strikeout leader Jed Bradley (Georgia Tech) struck out 7 batters in 6 innings; leading the Wareham Gatemen to a rain shortened 4-1 win over the Chatham Anglers on a stormy night at Veterans Field.
Establishing himself as the ace of the Gatemen pitching staff, Bradley (2-2) improves his era to 1.95 and increases his now CCBL leading strikeout total to 41. His only mistake of the game came in the 2nd inning when he surrendered a solo homerun to Mark Ginther (Oklahoma State) that tied the game at 1-1.
The Gatemen had previously taken the lead in the first inning on Max Muncy’s (Baylor) 15th rbi of the season; a single that scored Jonathan Smith (Tenn-Wesleyan). Muncy is now tied for 3rd in the league in rbi; 2 behind teammate and league leader Tyler Bream (Liberty). Smith’s run was his 21st on the season which is the most in the league after 26 games.
Wareham would add single runs in the 3rd and 4th innings. A Tony Caldwell (Auburn) rbi single put the Gatemen ahead 2-1 in the 3rd inning and a John Andreoli (UCONN) rbi groundout in the 4th staked Wareham a 3-1 lead; more than enough for the dominating Jed Bradley. The final Gatemen run came in the 6th when LJ Mazzilli (UCONN) scored on a wild pitch.
After the Ginther homerun, Chatham would not advance a runner past first base as Bradley held the Anglers to a total of 4 hits before thunderstorms rolled into Veterans Field after the Gatemen half of the 7th inning. A game that was already a make-up game that was previously scheduled as game 2 of a double-header on June 27th but was postponed due to fog was affected by weather once again. However, the game was declared an official contest in the bottom of the 7th and the Gatemen walked away with a 4-1 win; their first over the Anglers this season.
Marc Zecchino (Virginia Tech) took the loss for Chatham. The Anglers fall to 12-12-1 on the season and are in 4th place in the Eastern Division.
The Gatemen improve their record to 10-15-1 and are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games. This win combined with a Hyannis loss tonight pulls Wareham to within 1 point of both the HarborHawks and the Falmouth Commodores who are tied for 3rd in the CCBL Western Division. Wareham is only 3 points behind 2nd place Cotuit; their opponent tomorrow afternoon at 5:00pm. Jack Armstrong (Vanderbilt) will be the starting pitcher at Lowell Park in that key division contest.
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