WAREHAM, MA: – Wareham’s postseason run ended Tuesday following a 3-1 loss to Cotuit to sweep the Western Division finals for the Kettleers 2-0.
Cotuit got on the board first against Gatemen starter Eric Pfisterer (Duke) in the top of the second. Pfisterer issued a lead-off walk to Joey Hainsfurther (Baylor) and Mike Yastrzemski (Vanderbilt) moved him over to second on a sacrifice bunt. After walking Paul Hoilman (East Tennessee), Pfisterer allowed a John Hinson (Clemson) single to score Hainsfurther and give the Kettleers an early 1-0 lead.
The Gatemen were able to get that run back in the bottom of the fourth. Tyler Bream (Liberty) came to the plate with two outs and his team trailing by one and launched the ball into the left field bleachers for his second home run of the playoffs, tying the game at 1-1.
The score remained the same until the fifth. Pfisterer got Hoilman to groundout for the first out of the frame, but Hinson reached base on a fielding error by second baseman Adam McClain (Memphis). James McCann (Arkansas) followed with a 2-run homer to put Cotuit up 3-1 and that proved to be the final score.
The Wareham offense struggled all game against Bobby Shore (Oklahaoma), who went seven innings, allowing one run off of only two hits while walking four and striking out five. Brooks Pinckard (Baylor) pitched two scoreless innings of a no-hit, no-walk baseball out of the bullpen and fanned one.
L.J. Mazzilli’s (Connecticut) leadoff single in the first and Tyler Bream’s solo shot in the fourth were the only Gatemen hits on the night.
Eric Pfisterer had a quality start for Wareham, giving up three runs (two earned), five hits, five walks, and striking out six. His collegiate teammate, Devin Burke, followed with two scoreless innings of relief, allowing four hits and three Ks.
Wareham ends its successful summer having made the playoffs for the second straight season. The Gatemen reached the Western Division Championship Series, won a postseason game, and hosted a postseason game at Spillane Field, all for the first time since 2006. Wareham also had the accomplishment of knocking the defending Cape Cod Baseball League Champion Bourne Braves out of the postseason when it swept them in two games in the first round of the playoffs.
The Gatemen had many of its players among the league leaders in numerous categories during the regular season.
Offensively, Jonathan Smith (Tennessee-Wesleyan) led the league in runs (31), Tyler Bream tied for top in the league in RBIs (26), Max Muncy (Baylor) was behind him in third in RBIs (25) and tied for the league lead in triples (2) and sixth in walks (21), Zach Wilson (Arizona State) tied for third in home runs (5) and finished seventh in batting average (.294) and second in slugging percentage (.477).