WAREHAM, Mass. The Wareham Gatemen capitalized on a six-run sixth inning and defeated the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox 6-3, despite tallying only three hits in the game.
Wareham (4-2-1) managed just one hit through five innings, and Y-D pitchers faced just one more than the minimum number of batters before the Gatemen bats came to life in the sixth frame.
Already down 3-0 after five, Ryan LaMarre (Michigan) reached on a fielder’s choice, as Shea Vucinich (Washington State) was forced out at second base for the second out of the inning. Though the Gatemen had only scored three runs with two outs all season, they came to life against Yarmouth-Dennis (4-3) reliever Matt Little (Kentucky) with their backs against the wall in the sixth.
After LaMarre stole second, Derek Dietrich (Georgia Tech) legged out an infield single to put runners on the corners. Ryan Pineda (Cal State Northridge) was subsequently plunked to load the bases. Alex Dickerson (Indiana) and George Springer (Connecticut) each drew bases-loaded walks to bring Wareham back within one at 3-2.
Cole Leonida (Georgia Tech) hit a ground ball to the left side and beat out a throw that was slightly off the mark, driving home Pineda to tie the game at three runs apiece.
Jake Lemmerman’s (Duke) plate appearance finally made the Red Sox pay for their pitching mistakes, as he laced a bases-clearing double to left, putting Wareham up 6-3.
The Gatemen had suffered from some lackluster performances by their bullpen, but Bruce Kern (St. John’s), Scott Rembisz (Florida International), and Josh Slaats (Hawaii) combined to pitch seven innings, giving up one run on four hits in relief of starter Jack Armstrong (Vanderbilt).
With the win, Wareham remains unbeaten at home this season, improving their record at Clem Spillane Field to a sterling 4-0. This is the second come-from-behind win of the year for the Gatemen, following a 4-2 win over Hyannis.
Wareham will be on the road for a pair of games this weekend, taking on Falmouth at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Cotuit at 5:00 p.m. Sunday.
WP: Kern (1-0), LP: Matt Little (0-1), S: Slaats (1)