FALMOUTH, MA: For the fourth straight game, the Gatemen were leading for much of the action. But for the third time, Wareham (1-4) surrendered that lead and eventually fell to Falmouth, 5-3, on Tuesday night at Arnie Allen Diamond at Guv Fuller Field.
After six innings against Cotuit on Saturday, the Gatemen led 1-0, only to lose 3-2. On Monday against Hyannis, Wareham led 3-0 through through six frames and 3-1 after seven. And against the Commodores on Tuesday, the Gatemen led 3-2 through five innings.
But in the bottom of the sixth, after Gatemen starter Trey Killian (Arkansas) began with a strikeout, Falmouth’s No. 7 and No. 8 hitters both singled before the No. 9 hitter — left fielder Sam Gillikin (Auburn) — drove them both home with a two-run double down the left-field line. The Commodores took the lead 4-3, tacked on an insurance run in the eighth inning and eventually snapped a three-game losing skid with a 5-3 win over the Gatemen.
Wareham, meanwhile, didn’t have a base runner reach second base past the third inning. Falmouth right-hander Preston Morrison (TCU) came on in relief of his collegiate and Commodore teammate Brandon Finnegan and worked 5.1 innings of one-run ball.
The Gatemen offense did break through early in the game, as left fielder Tino Lipson (UC-Davis) scored on an RBI groundout in the first inning and catcher Matt Walsh (Franklin Pierce) and middle infielder Mikey White (Alabama) powered RBI singles in the third. From there, however, Morrison set down 10 in a row.
Killian worked six innings and struck out nine Commodores while scattering 10 hits and allowing four runs in his summer debut.
After the game, Wareham manager Cooper Farris expressed frustration at his team’s continued failure to get the big out when necessary. Farris also has been frustrated by mental mistakes and noted that such blunders — especially mental ones — on the bases or on the mound have really inhibited his squad. In addition to the two-run loss to the Commodores, the Gatemen have played in three one-run games and have lost two of those.
Wareham was buoyed by the play of a pair of especially green freshmen. In just his second start since arriving to Wareham on Sunday night, White walked and had an RBI single. In both games White has reached base twice. Killian also impressed Farris, as the right-hander racked up a season-high in strikeouts for the Wareham pitching staff.
Tomorrow, the Gatemen send recently signed right-hander Dalton Brown (Texas Tech) to the hill against the Harwich Mariners.
First pitch begin the Gatemen and the Mariners is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Spillane Field.
As always, you can watch the live stream of the game by accessing our “Gatemen Pressbox” page. The pre-game show begins around 6:45 p.m.