WAREHAM, MA: In the first of two games on the day at home for Wareham, the Gatemen lost to the Falmouth Commodores 4-2 in a battle of Western Division rivals battling for playoff position in the CCBL playoffs. Needing any combination of wins and Hyannis losses that equals two with 5 games remaining on the season to secure their spot in the playoffs, that number remains at two as Wareham dropped their 4th straight.
The Gatemen did jump out to an early lead off the bat of Mott Hyde (Georgia Tech) who hit his fifth homer of the season and staked Wareham to an early 1-0 lead. After Gatemen starting pitcher Brad Kuntz (Baylor) cruised through the first 3 innings, the Gatemen extended their lead to 2-0 on a Tyler Horan (Virginia Tech) rbi single in the home half of the inning.
The 2nd place Commodores started their comeback in the very next inning. After Kuntz walked the leadoff hitter, CCBL All-Star Drew Dosch (Youngstown State) hit a 2-run shot to tie the game for Falmouth.
Kuntz would go 6 innings, allowing only those two runs, strikin out 5 and giving up only 3 hits. Clay Chapman (Florida Southern) replaced Kuntz in the seventh and Commodores
Falmouth delivered off of Chapman – putting together a pair of rbi singles by Alex Moldanando (Holy Cross) and Austin Anderson (Ole Miss) that proved to be all they would need on route to a 4-2, rare mid-afternoon, Saturday win at Spillane Field.
Commodores’ starter Jonathan Dziedzic was superb; allowing just the two runs, scattering 7 hits and striking out 7 in 7 innings of work. Johnny Magliozzi (Florida) closed out the game and picked up the save. Clap Chapman took the loss for Wareham.
The Gatemen head into the evening game vs. Chatham hoping to turn around the 4 game losing streak and they will send Dylan Stoops (Richmond) to the hill for his first CCBL start. Falmouth extends their lead over Wareham in the West Division to 6 points and Wareham remains 4 points ahead of fourth place Bourne after they lost to Brewster in the morning.