WAREHAM, Mass. On the heels of a season-high three-game win streak, the Wareham Gatemen have now dropped consecutive games for the second time this year, falling 9-7 at home to the Harwich Mariners.
The loss was possibly the most painful of the season for Wareham (10-10-1), as the Gatemen had a 6-2 lead entering the seventh inning and committed three errors, all in the seventh inning or later, to allow Harwich to climb back into the game and eventually take the lead. It also marks the second straight game that the Gatemen have fallen to a team in last place in its division. Falmouth (7-13-1) defeated the Gatemen Thursday on Martha’s Vineyard, 6-2. With the win, Harwich (10-12) moves ahead of Brewster for fourth place in the Eastern Division.
The Gatemen were in an early 2-0 hole, but plated three runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 3-2 lead. Jake Lemmerman (Duke) led off with a single and was followed by a double from Derek Dietrich (Georgia Tech) to put runners on second and third. Ryan Pineda (Cal State Northridge) doubled home both runners to tie the game, and after a Zach Wilson (Arizona State) strikeout, Brett Eibner (Arkansas) laced a triple that brought home the go-ahead run.
Wareham had another three-run inning in store for Harwich in the fifth. Dietrich, batting leadoff for the first time this season, began the inning with a single. He advanced to third on a single by Pineda, and Wilson provided the RBI single to bring Dietrich home, making it 4-2 Gatemen. Pineda, who advanced to third base on Wilson’s single, came home on a wild pitch from Harwich starter Rob Gariano (Fairfield) to put Wareham up 5-2. With Wilson on third after the wild pitch, Eibner and Alex Dickerson (Indiana) failed to drive him home, but Ryan LaMarre (Michigan) beat out a two-out infield single to extend the inning and drive home Wilson, giving the Gatemen their largest lead of the night at 6-2.
Harwich came storming back in the top of the seventh with four runs to tie the game, aided by two Gatemen errors, one charged to Pineda and one to relief pitcher Zach Brewster (Georgia Tech).
In their half of the seventh, the Gatemen reclaimed the lead, as Eibner led off with a single and was sacrificed to second by Dickerson. LaMarre had his second hit and second RBI of the day on a double that scored Eibner and put Wareham on top 7-6.
Harwich continued the scoring streak in the top of the eighth, plating two runs, one each charged to Brewster and David Fischer (Connecticut) to give Harwich an 8-7 advantage.
The Mariners tacked on another run after they struck out the Gatemen side in the eighth, as Daniel Grovatt (Virginia) doubled to the right field corner and came around to score on a two-base throwing error by George Springer (Connecticut). That gave Harwich a 9-7 lead, which they would not relinquish in the bottom of the ninth.
The Gatemen will look to avoid what would be their first three-game losing streak of the year Sunday evening at 5:00 p.m. against the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (14-11). The Red Sox are tied with Chatham (14-9) for the best record in the league in league.