The Wareham Gatemen saw an early lead slip away as an eighth-inning CJ Chatham double led the Bourne Braves to a 5-4 victory Saturday night.
After missing out on a chance to clinch a playoff spot Friday, the Gatemen needed either a win against Bourne or a Falmouth loss in Hyannis to punch their ticket. But a late Falmouth comeback, combined with a heartbreaking defeat of their own, means that the Gatemen will head into the last game of the season with an uncertain future.
Matt Krook started for the Gatemen, working 1.2 innings and giving up three runs. He didn’t walk any batters, but he allowed three hits and couldn’t make it out of the second inning.
Grant Dyer came on in relief and was fantastic, pitching 5.1 innings of four-hit, shutout ball while striking out seven. He was in line for the win when he left, thanks to a productive offensive effort.
Andrew Calica continued to sting the ball, singling and scoring twice and driving in a run. Nick Cieri drove in two with a sacrifice fly in the first and a single in the second, and Kramer Robertson scored on a passed ball shortly after. An eight-hit effort through two innings helped the Gatemen to a 4-3 lead.
Things remained that way until the eighth, when Ryan Olson (L, 0-4) came in to try for his third save of the season. After a walk and a Preston Grand Pre error, Chatham laced a double into the left field corner to give the Braves the lead for good.
Tyler Deel (W, 1-0) picked up the victory for the Braves with 2.2 innings of shutout ball in relief of starter Ryan Keaffaber. Austin Conway allowed a walk and a hit in the ninth, but stranded runners at the corners to earn his tenth save.
The Gatemen play Cotuit at 6 p.m. Sunday as they try to lock down third place in the West. After an 11-0 win over the Y-D Red Sox Saturday, the Kettleers are tied for third with the Gatemen. If the Commodores lose to Bourne tomorrow, both Cotuit and Wareham will make the playoffs as the three and four seeds. But if the Commodores win, only the winner of the Wareham-Cotuit tilt will play on.