Braves’ Moran Produces the Fireworks on July 4th

BOURNE, MA: For the second straight night, Wareham and Bourne played each other. But on the fourth of July, this time it was Bourne who supplied the fireworks. Braves third basemen Colin Moran (North Carolina) racked up 7 RBI’s and hit 2 HR’s to propel Bourne to just its fourth win of the season inan 11-6 trouncing of the Gatemen.

The Western Division rivalry was decided on Tuesday by a Ty Ross(LSU) go-ahead double in the eighth, but on Wednesday Bourne put it out of reach early.

The Gatemen struck first in the top of the first inning as Kyle Schwarber (Indiana) hit an RBI ground rule double to right-center field that scored Cole Sturgeon (Louisville). Bourne quickly responded in the bottom of the inning with a run of its own.

The Gatemen then pulled ahead again in the third with a two outdouble from newly acquired third basemen Claude Johnson (Arkansas St.) who’s hit brought home two runs. In the bottom of the same inning the Braves’ Moran got his first home run of the evening, a solo shot.

Wareham’s starting pitcherBrad Kuntz (Baylor) headed into the fourth with confidence, but got pulled after only recording one out and allowing three runs to score. Nick Rumbelow (LSU) made his seventh appearance in relief of Kuntz, but got knocked up as well allowing three straight doubles to Bourne, which scored two more runs. All in all, the Braves scored 5 runs in the fourth and led 7-3, taking the lead from the Gatemen.

Rumbelow eventually settleddown and ended up striking out five batters in two and a third innings of work.

Both team’s bats wentsilent until the bottom of the eight when Dan Tobik (Tennessee-Martin) loaded the bases for Bourne. Colin Moran then stepped up to the plate and blasted a grand slam 20 feet over the right center field wall, putting the game out of reach at 11-3.

Ethan Gross (Memphis) hitan RBI single and Ty McFarland (James Madison) added a 2 RBI hit in the ninth, but the Gatemen still came up short despite the late runs losing 11-6 to the Braves.

With the loss Wareham fallsto 9-8 and returns back home Thursday to take on Yarmouth-Dennis. Barret Astin (Arkansas) will start on the mound for the Gatemen who go up against Red Sox hurler Aaron Blair (Marshall) who leads the league in wins (3) and ERA (0.50). Game time is set for 6 PM at Spillane Field.

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