Dustin Ackley and Mariners Deal Gatemen a Devistating Loss

07/09/08 – Dustin Ackley and Mariners Deal Gatemen a Devistating Loss
University of North Carolina All-American and 2007 National Freshman of the Year Dustin Ackley has picked up right where he left off for the Tar Heals where his career batting average is over .400. In the last 2 innings at Spillane Field, Ackley went 2 for 2 with 4 rbi; including a 2 run homer in the 8th and a 2 run, go-ahead triple in the 9th as the Harwich Mariners came back from a 6-1 deficit to defeat the Wareham Gatemen 7-6.

Chatham DH Dustin Ackley post-game interview with Justin Ienuso.

The Gatemen looked to be cruising to victory last night as they jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning off of a Blake Dean (LSU) rbi double. Dean, who also had a tremendous college season at LSU where he led the Tigers to the College World Series, added to that lead with an rbi single in the 4th inning. The inning also include 4 more Gatemen runs; including a 2 run single by Raynor Cambell (Baylor) an rbi single by Jake Lemmerman (Duke) and a sacrafice fly by Aaron Baker (Oklahoma).

Wareham maintained a 6-1 lead into the 8th inning behind a strong starting pitching performance by Max Perlman (Harvard). Perlman gave up a 2 run homer to Ackley with one out in the 8th before handing to the ball over to the bullpen. Josh Slaats (Hawaii) retired the final 2 batters in the 8th and Wareham closer Chris Hicks (Georgia Tech) took the mound at the start of the 9th inning. Hicks surrended 4 hits and 2 runs before he was lifted for Austin Graham (Alabama) who would be asked to face Dustin Ackley. Ackley sent the very first pitch into deep left-center field; clearing the bases and and giving Harwich a 7-6 lead. Mike Morrison (Cal-State Fullerton) closed the game for Harwich in the 9th and picked up his second save. Chris Hicks was responsible for all 4 runs in the 9th inning and took the loss for Wareham.

Blake Dean was heading towards “player of the game” honors with 3 hits and 2 rbi before Ackley’s late innings display. Raynor Cambell had 2 hits and 2 rbi for Wareham and has raised his 9th best in league batting average to .328.

The Gatemen will try to bounce back this afternoon when they travel to Cotuit for a 5:00 start. Brandon Workman (Texas) will take the mound coming off his 2-hit, complete game vs. the Kettleers.

Brett Eibner taking batting practice in Falmouth before his grandslam

After the Cesario clutch hit in the 8th that gave Falmouth the 9-7 lead going into the 9th, Wareham staged a comeback and threatened to tie or take the lead. Connor Rowe (Texas) singled to lead off the inning, “accidently” stole second on a strange play where the batter (Cole Leonida) thought he took ball 4. As Leonida started walking to first, Rowe began advancing to second base; only to realize that there were only 3 balls on the batter. The subsequent throw to second base by the catcher resulted in an error and Rowe advanced to third base. He would score on a wild pitch.

The Gatemen would then load the bases on a series of walks but Aaron Baker struck out to end a wild night of baseball in Falmouth. The losing pitcher for the Gatemen was Zach Brewster (Georgia Tech), who gave up 2 runs in 2.1 innings of relief. Starter Matt Way (Washington State) pitched 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits.

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