OAK BLUFFS, Mass. Despite a “neutral site”, the Wareham Gatemen once again struggled offensively on the road – this time on Martha’s Vineyard – as the Falmouth Commodores came away with a 6-2 victory this afternoon. The Commodores scored runs in each of the first three innings; highlighted by a Hunter Morris (Auburn) solo homer in the second inning and FOUR infield singles (3 being bunts) in the 3rd inning and cruised to an easy victory over the Gatemen at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.
Matt Barnes (UCONN) lasted only 3 innings as the Wareham starter, giving up 9 hits and 5 runs (4 earned) before giving way to the Gatemen bullpen who had another effective outing. After giving up a run in each of the first 2 innings, Falmouth played “small ball” in the 3rd inning. B.A. Volmuth (S. Mississippi) started off the inning with an infield single. Incredibly, Scott Lawson (Miami), Ryan Jones (Wichita State) and Thomas Cunningham (Jacksonville State) all pulled off bunt singles following Volumuth; resulting in a scored run and loading the bases. Brian Fletcher (Auburn) then followed up with a “traditional” hit down the third base line; driving in 2 runs and giving Falmouth a 5-0 lead.
Taylor Wall (Rice) could not be touched by the Wareham offense as they managed only 2 hits, struck out 6 times and walked only once against the Falmouth starting pitcher. The Gatemen tried to make a game of it in the 7th once Wall was lifted and got to face the Commodore bullpen. Brett Eibner (Arkansas) walked and later scored on a wild pitch before Chris Hannick (Cal-State Northridge) doubled to score Cole Leonida (Georgia Tech). With one out and 2 on base on; giving Wareham it’s best chance of the game, Alex Dickerson (Indiana) grounded into an inning ending double play.
Another Brian Fletcher rbi single would give Falmouth a 6-2 lead in the 7th but the Gatemen would threaten in the top of the 9th by loading the bases and bringing the tying run to the plate. However, Alex Dickerson would strike out to end the game and give the Commodores the victory.
Falmouth’s win gives the two teams a victory each in the “series” on the Vineyard as the Gatemen defeated Falmouth last year 6-1. For Wareham offensively, Shea Vucinich (Wash State), Cole Leonida (Georgia Tech), Ryan LaMarre (Michigan) and Chris Hannick (Cal-State Northridge) had the four hits for Wareham. Scott Rembisz (Florida Int’l), Bruce Kern (St. John’s) and Josh Slaats (Hawaii) combined out of the Gatemen bullpen to pitch 5 innings, giving up one earned run, 5 hits and 5 strikeouts.
The Gatemen have an off-day tomorrow and will return to action at Spillane Field on Saturday when they welcome defending CCBL Champion Harwich for a 7:00pm game. Josh Mueller (Eastern Illinois) is the expected starter. Wareham’s record is now 10-9-1 on the season and remains in 2nd place; 3 points behind division leading Bourne.