By SEAN TENAGLIA (Gatemen Beat Writer)
WAREHAM, MA: It’s been a tale of two stories for this Wareham lineup. Thursday night, they were an offensive juggernaut, plating 13 total runs, including an impressive 10 with two outs. In Game 1 of an afternoon doubleheader at Red Wilson Field in Yarmouth, the Gatemen struggled to bring runs across, leaving eight men on base in a 7-2 loss to the Red Sox.
Second baseman Willie Calhoun (Arizona) continued his hot start to the season, going 3-4 with a double. However, Calhoun was left on base all three times he reached in what proved to be a frustrating game for the Gatemen.
Starting pitcher Ryan Williamson (NC State) ran into some trouble in the second when catcher Jason Goldstein (Illinois) doubled down the right field line and first baseman Rob Fonseca (Northeastern) reached on an infield single to short with no outs. An RBI single from designated hitter Michael Vigliarolo (Saint Louis) scored Goldstein, to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead. Williamson settled down and made a great play to get Fonseca at the plate on a suicide squeeze bunt from third baseman A.J. Simcox (Tennessee). Back-to-back ground ball outs got the NC State starter out of the inning without further damage.
The Red Sox broke through against Williamson in the bottom of the third with four hits. Fonseca capped the four-run inning with a three-run bomb over the right-centerfield fence, giving his team a 5-0 lead. The NC State southpaw allowed six hits and five runs over 3.0 innings in his first start of the season.
Some tough hops in the infield contributed to two errors each from shortstop Justin Brock (Franklin Pierce) and first baseman Nick Halamandaris (UC-Berkeley). Right-hander Andrew Zapata (Connecticut) strugged in relief of Williamson, allowing two runs in 1.1 innings. Zapata’s Connecticut teammate Anthony Kay finished out the game for the Gatemen, tossing 1.2 innings of scoreless ball.
The Gatemen finally got something going with two outs in the top of the fourth off reliever Dimitri Kourtis (Mercer). Catcher Keaton Aldridge (Memphis) singled up the middle and moved over to third when left fielder Charlie Warren (Rice) drilled the first pitch down the right field line for a double. Aldridge came around to score Wareham’s first run on a wild pitch from Kourtis, but the Gatemen could not add any more in the inning.
After Anderson Miller (Western Kentucky) led off with an infield single in the top of the sixth, the Gatemen caught a bad break when Aldridge hit an absolute rocket right at Yarmouth-Dennis second baseman Nico Giarrantano (San Francisco). Miller was doubled off at second to end the inning.
The Gatemen showed their strongest threat in the final inning of the seven-inning game, loading the bases with one out. Brock came in to score on a fielder’s choice from third baseman Andrew Knizner (NC State) to cut the deficit to 7-2. However, Yarmouth-Dennis reliever Josh Pierce (Kent State) got Halamandaris to fly out to left-centerfield to end the ballgame.
Game two of the doubleheader gets underway at 4:45 p.m. ET.
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