WAREHAM, MA: After rain prompted postponements early in the season, the Gatemen have had to play 11 straight games.
Wareham was 2-9 during the 11-game stretch, but dropped the finale 9-2 to Cotuit on Tuesday night at Spillane Field.
Tuesday was the second start of the night for Trey Killian (Arkansas) and despite a leadoff single for the return of Cole Sturgeon (Louisville), it went from bad to worse for Killian.
Yale Rosen (Washington State) led off the inning with a double and Kevin Bradley (Clemson) singled to center moving Rosen to third. Rosen then scored on a sacrifice ground out to second base.
Rhett Wiseman then hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Bradley from third, who advanced on the 4-3 ground out that scored Rosen. After two innings, the Kettleers led 2-0 and got worse in the third.
Cotuit nearly batted around in the third. Galli Cribbs Jr. (Clarendon) led off with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Max Schrock (South Carolina) walked putting two on with nobody out.
Matt Walsh (Franklin Pierce) and Killian were not on the same page as a number of pitches got away from Walsh via the wild pitch and passed ball. Schrock and Cribbs Jr. advanced 90 feet to second and third respectively. With the count already 3-0 on Mike Ford (Princeton), Killian elected to put him on via the intentional walk.
A single for Rosen drove in Cribbs Jr. and then a single for Bradley scored Schrock and Ford, making it 5-0 Cotuit.
Entering the game, Wareham had only one home run on the season and it belonged to Trevor Podratz (Hawaii) on June 15 against the Kettleers at Lowell Park. In the bottom of the fourth, Podratz ripped a solo home run to the left field bleachers at Spillane, making it a 5-1 score in favor of Cotuit.
Dalton Brown (Texas Tech) struggled in the seventh inning, giving up three runs on three hits. Brown got Hunter Cole (Georgia) to pop out to second and then gave up a single to Ford. But then struck out Rosen to put two outs on the board but that’s when Cotuit struck for three more runs.
Bradley walked, moving Ford to second. Steven Duggar (Clemson) walked to load the bases and then Wiseman singled on a ball that dropped in between Walsh, Brown and Podratz which scored Ford from third. Will Remillard (Coastal Carolina) then singled scoring Bradley and Duggar, ending the scoring for Cotuit.
Killian earned the loss, but Ben Smith (Coastal Carolina) was a strikeout machine. He had eight strikeouts in six innings pitched. Patrick Corbett (Coastal Carolina) came in for a three-inning same, allowing only one hit and walking two and striking out two.
A day off on Wednesday for both sides and then the two will play game two of a home and home series on Thursday at Lowell Park, first pitch is set for 5 p.m.