BREWSTER, MA: – An Andy Burns (Kentucky) 8th inning, 2-rbi hit gave the Brewster Whitecaps a 2-1, comeback victory; giving the Gatemen their first loss in the last 6 games.
After a rain delay in the 7th inning that featured “dancing entertainment” from Brewster OF Nathan Malendres (Miami) and Wareham OF Nico Rosthenhausler (Oklahoma State), the Gatemen appeared in control of the game; especially up against the darkening skies and the 8:00pm curfew for a starting a new inning at Stony Brook Field. Wareham was clinging to a 1-0 lead; thanks to a Tony Caldwell (Auburn) rbi double in the third inning.
Gatemen starting pitcher Max Perlman (Harvard) held the league’s best team in check through 6 innings; allowing only 2 hits, striking out 9 and not walking a batter. Devin Burke (Duke) would replace Perlman to start the 7th inning after the 45 minute rain delay. Burke would pitche a clean 7th inning but ran into some trouble in the 8th.
After striking out the first hitter of the inning, Burke would allow back to back singles by Kirk Singer (Long Beach State) and Drew Martinez (Memphis) and both players advanced a base on a Wareham fielding error. Burns was the next batter and his base hit, that took a funny infield hop, found its’ way to the outfield and allowed 2 runs to score.
After some discussion about whether the ninth inning would be played due to darkness and the 8:00pm curfew, Wareham was given a final chance to score in the 9th. However, Colton Murray (Kansas) would sit the Gatemen down in order and pick up his 3rd save of the season.
For Wareham, former Brewster Whitecap John Andreoli (UCONN) went 3 for 3.
The Gatemen will return home to closeout the weekend when they welcome the Harwich Mariners to Spillane Field for a 5:00pm start.