WAREHAM, MA: – The Gatemen dropped their fourth in a row Wednesday night, falling to the Kettleers 8-5 at Spillane Field.
It was an evening which saw a recently struggling Wareham offense start to click against Cotuit starter Matt Andriese (Cal Riverside). The Gatemen’s first batter of the game, Adam McClain (Memphis) singled to right center to lead off the game. After Max Muncy (Baylor) replaced McClain at first on a fielder’s choice, George Springer (Connecticut) hit the team’s first triple of the season to put Wareham on the board. Alex Dickerson (Indiana) then doubled home Springer to give the Gatemen a 2-0 lead after the first.
Josh Urban (Texas) was impressive through the first two innings of his second start of the year for Wareham. However, Urban ran into trouble in the top of the third, hitting Zach Cone (Georgia) and allowing a double to CJ Cron (Utah) to put two in scoring position with no outs. Both runners scored off a Michael Yastrzemski (Vanderbilt) groundout to tie up the game at 2-2. After striking out Paul Hoilman (East Tennessee State) for the first out of the inning, Urban walked Levi Hyams (Georgia) and allowed Jordan Leyland (UC Irvine) to single. Brooks Pinckard (Baylor) drove them both in with a double off the right field wall and an error by Springer, putting Cotuit up 4-2.
The Kettleers added another run in the top of the fifth. Hoilman drew a walk to lead off the inning and Hyams followed with a bunt single. Leyland bunted to sacrifice the runners over, but Wareham catcher Chris Walker’s (Fordham) errant throw put Leyland on base and allowed Hoilman to score.
The Gatemen answered back in the bottom half of the inning. After Springer reached first on a two-out walk, Dickerson doubled along the right field line to drive him in. Walker followed with an RBI single to right center to cut the Kettleers’ lead to 5-4.
Wareham tied up the game in the sixth when Muncy hit an RBI-double in the sixth to score Derek Dennis (Michigan).
In the top of the seventh, Devin Burke (Duke) (0-1) relieved Urban, who gave up five runs (four earned) off of nine hits and four walks while striking out three. Burke pitched two scoreless innings, but struggled in the ninth. The righty gave up a leadoff single to Cron and Cone doubled to right center to score the go-ahead run. Burke struck out Yastrzemski and intentionally walked Hoilman before exiting the game in favor of Jake Davies (Georgia Tech). With runners at first and second and a left-handed hitting Hyams coming to bat, Davies had the matchup advantage and a force at all three bases.
However, Hyams won the matchup and singled in Crone to make it a 7-5 game. Keith Bilodeau (Maine) replaced Davies, and struck out two but allowed his inherited runner to score when Pinckard drove in Hoilman with an RBI single.
Wareham was not able to make a comeback, and was defeated by Cotuit 8 to 5. Kettleers reliever Kyle McMillen (Kent State) (1-1) pitched 3.2 scoreless innings for the win.
Alex Dickerson went three-for-three in the loss. The leftfielder also walked twice, scored, and had two RBIs. Jerrud Sabourin (Indiana) and Derek Dennis also each added two hits.
The Gatemen look to split their home and home with the Kettleers Friday and put an end to their four game losing streak. First pitch at Lowell Park is set for 5 p.m.