WAREHAM, MA: Trailing 7-0 at one point during the game, the Wareham Gatemen tied the game 7-7 before falling 8-7 in this CCBL Western Division game on Sunday evening at Spillane Field.
Gatemen starting pitcher Matthew Grimes (Georgia Tech) was roughed up early in this one. After allowing single runs in each of the first two innings, the Cotuit Kettleers put 5 on the board in the 3rd inning to take a commanding 7-0 lead early in the game. After allowing a leadoff single to Patrick Biondi (Michigan) who also stole 2nd base, the league’s triple crown threat, Victor Roache (Georgia Southern) double to drive in Cotuit’s 3rd run. An infield single and a walk would then load the bases and end Grimes’ day after just 2 innings.
Brett Suter (Harvard) replaced Grimes and inherited a bases loaded situation. Suter hit the first batter; giving the Kettleers their 4th run. A 3-2-3 double play appeared to give the Gatemen some hope of getting out of the inning but and rbi double by Michael Yazstremski (Vanderbilt) and Kevin Roundtree (USC) capped off the Kettleer’s early 7-0 lead.
As they have many times this season, this resilient Gatemen team responded right away in the bottom half of the inning by scoring 6 runs – all with two outs. LJ Mazzilli (UCONN) and CT Bradford (Mississippi State) got things started with consecutive singles and Robert Refsnyder (Arizona) single to drive in a run. Max Muncy’s (Baylor) single allowed Bradford to score before Johnny Field (Arizona) belted a 3-run homer to close the Cotuit gap to 7-5.
After a Cotuit pitching change, Brandon Thomas (Georgia Tech) and Jeff Reynolds both delivered hits; Reynolds’ was a double and plated Thomas to bring Wareham to within one run at the end of the third inning.
Suter held the Kettleers scoreless in the 4th and 5th innings and a Max Muncy sacrafice fly tied the game 7-7.
After running into some trouble in the 7th, Brent Suter; after pitching 4.1 innings of relief, was lifted for Daniel Feehan (UCONN). A sacrafice fly by Alex Yarbrough (Mississippi) drove in what turned out to be the winning run.
The Gatemen threatened in both the 8th and 9th innings but left the tying and go-ahead runners on base in each inning and Cotuit escaped with an exciting 8-7 win. Brent Suter took the loss for the Gatemen and Alex Keudell (Oregon) picked up the win for his relief effort.
Robert Refsnyder had 3 hits on the game and raised his average to .304. Brandon Thomas, Max Muncy and Johnny Field also had multiple hit games for Wareham. Cotuit’s Victor Roache had 3 hits and an rbi and improved his league lead in each category; hitting .383 to go along with 25 rbi. He is also only 1 homer short of leading the CCBL in that category in his effort the capture the league’s triple crown.
The Gatemen will play a make-up game tonight in Falmouth at 7:00pm where Luke Farrell (Northwestern) will take the mound for Wareham who looks to snap a two game skid. The Gatemen remain in 3rd place in the CCBL Western Division; 8 points behind league leaders Hyannis and Bourne; who win yesterday move them into a 1st place tie with the Harbor Hawks. Falmouth, meanwhile, can move into a tie with the Gatemen for 3rd place with a win tonight. Cotuit remains in 5th place but is only 6 points behind the Gatemen.