WAREHAM, MA: – The Gatemen dropped their sixth straight Saturday night at Spillane Field, losing to the Red Sox 3-1.
It was a pitchers’ duel early on between Wareham’s Jack Armstrong (Vanderbilt) and Yarmouth-Dennis’s Brett Mooneyham (Stanford). The game was scoreless heading into the top of the fifth, when Stewart Ijames (Louisville) led off the inning with a single to right field. Jordan Ribera (Fresno State) then hit a single to right of his own which moved Ijames over to third. With runners at the corners and nobody out, Beau Taylor (Central Florida) hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Ijames and giving the Red Sox a 1-0 lead.
The Gatemen had a good chance to tie things up in the bottom of the fifth. Derek Dennis (Michigan) bunted for a single, but Anthony Toth (Michigan) followed by popping up his bunt to the pitcher. Mooneyham walked Nico Rosthenhausler (Oklahoma State) and Tony Caldwell (Auburn) to load the bases for Jonathan Smith (Tennessee-Wesleyan). However, Smith grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.
Wareham finally broke through in the sixth. After Zach Wilson (Arizona State) drew a leadoff walk, Chris Walker (Fordham) doubled to right center to put two runners in scoring position with no outs. Jerrud Sabourin (Indiana) hit a sacrifice fly to center field which scored Wilson to tie the game at 1, but Walker was thrown out trying to tag from second to third.
After back-to-back 1-2-3 innings and a very efficient pitch count, Jack Armstrong started the eighth inning for the Gatemen. After striking out Ribera and forcing Taylor to ground out to second, Armstrong allowed a two-out single to Matt Watson (Boston College). Matt Vinson (Arkansas) then hit a hard grounder over to Sabourin at first, who booted the ball of his glove to put runners at first and second. With the lefty Caleb Ramsey (Houston) coming to bat, Wareham turned to southpaw Andrew McKirahan. The Texas reliever lost the matchup with Ramsey, giving up a run-scoring single which put the Red Sox up 2-1
Kenneth Ferrer (Elon) came in to get the final out of the eighth, and took the mound again in the ninth. Joe Panik (St. Johns) led off the inning with a single to left field. Ferrer got the next two batters to fly out, but Ribera hit a two-out RBI-double to increase Y-D’s lead to 3-1.
After 2.1 innings of one-hit, scoreless relief from Tanner Poppe (Kansas) (2-0), Douglas Baxendale (Arkansas) retired the side in order in the ninth for the save and a 3-1 Red Sox victory.
Tony Caldwell led Wareham in the loss with a walk and two hits, to increase his average to .364 on the season. Although he was the losing pitcher of record, Jack Armstrong (1-2) tossed 7.2 solid innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned). Armstrong gave up four hits, walked one, and struck out seven.
The Gatemen try to end a six-game slide when they visit Bourne Sunday. First pitch at Doran Park is set for 2 p.m.