WAREHAM, MA: Despite a solid pitching performance from a duo of Wareham hurlers, Falmouth Spillane Filed to its advantage to defeat the Gatemen by just one run, 5-4.
Despite leading 4-1 after five innings, Wareham starter Kurt McCune (LSU) gave up four runs in the 6th inning off of two fly balls that got lost in the lights at Spillane Field, leading to a bevy of Commodore runs to cross the plate.
Falmouth outfielder Billy Ferriter (Connecticut) led off the ill-fated sixth with a solo home run off of McCune. After Michael O’Neil (Michigan) doubled, Drew Dosch (Youngstown St.) looped a can of corn into left field. However, left fielder Kyle Schwarber (Indiana) and centerfielder Cole Sturgeon (Louisville) lost the fly ball in the lights, and O’Neil came around the score. The next batter, Jake Rodriguez (Oregon St.) popped another would-be-easy catch into center, but Sturgeon again lost the ball in the lights. Runners moved to second and third and both scored off of a two-RBI double from Jonathan McGibbon (Clemson).
Clay Chapman (Florida Southern) entered the game in relief of McCune and got out of the jam. He did not allow a run to score for the rest of the game while striking out 5 batters in four innings.
The only other run to score for the Commodores in the game was a solo home run to lead off the game from Falmouth slugger Jared King (Kansas St.). The bomb was his third of the season.
On offense, the Gatemen struck in the 2nd and 4th innings. Tyler Horan (Virginia Tech) scored on a Ty Ross (LSU) RBI single in the second to tie the game up at one.
In the 4th, Daniel Palka (Georgia Tech) blasted his third home run of the season and second in as many nights over the center field wall to plate him and Ross. The jack gave Wareham a 3-1 lead. Palka’s Yellow Jacket teammate Mott Hyde (Georgia Tech) then scored on a Kyle Schwarber RBI single later in the inning to give Wareham a 4-1 lead.
The lead was subsequently squandered in the 6th.
Wareham now drops to 5-7 on the year. It marks the first time the Gatemen have lost to the Commodores this season. In their previous two meetings, Wareham bested Falmouth in both contests.
The Gatemen are back in action tomorrow night against the last place Hyannis Harbor Hawks, who are just 1-10 on the season. First pitch is scheduled for 7 PM at McKeon Park.