There weren’t many fireworks from Doran Park in Bourne tonight, as the Gatemen’s game against the Bourne Braves ended in a 0-0 tie after 12 innings.
Despite the lack of offensive firepower, there were some highlights. Take, for example, the dominant pitching of the Gatemen’s Shaun Anderson, who allowed just one hit in five innings while striking out six. Bourne’s starter, Ryan Smoyer, went six innings, allowed four hits, and struck out one.
As is often the case in a game like this, there were many key plays that made the game stay knotted at no runs apiece. For example, when Brett Hanewich of Stanford relieved Anderson, Bourne outfielder Corey Julks hit a long drive to the fence, which seemed plenty deep to score the first run of the game, who was tagging up on third base. Instead, left fielder Jay Jabs caught the fly ball and unleashed a rocket of a throw to punch out the runner tagging from third base. You could also cite the instance where Julks struck out on a 1-2 delivery from reliever Tyler Thorne, also from Stanford. The Gatemen used a solid combination of Brett Hanewich, Shea Spitzbarth, and Tyler Thorne to go the distance after Anderson departed.
The Gatemen will play next tomorrow night against the Orleans Firebirds at Spillane Field. It is presumed that Ryan Williamson will get the ball for the 6pm start time.