BOURNE, MA: – The Gatemen’s four game winning streak came to an end with a 4-2 loss Saturday to the Braves at Doran Park.
Wareham (12-16-1) entered the Bourne (15-13) matchup in sole possession of third place in the Western Divison, having leapfrogged over Hyannis and Falmouth after beating them in their last two games.
The top of the first started out slow for Wareham, with Bourne starter Anthony Meo (Coastal Carolina) retiring both LJ Mazzilli (Conneticut) and John Andreoli (Connecticut). However, Zach Wilson (Arizona State) drew a two-out walk and scored without cleanup hitter Max Muncy (Baylor) even swinging the bat. Wilson stole second, advanced to third when the throw to nab him went into center field, and scored on a wild pitch. Muncy ended up walking and Chris Walker (Fordham) singled to move him over to third. Tyler Bream (Liberty) followed by driving in Muncy with a single to right for his team-leading 18th RBI of the season.
Jack Armstrong (Vanderbilt) took the mound in the bottom of the inning with a 2-0 lead. Although he walked his first batter Scott Woodward (Coastal Carolina), Walker threw Woodward out at second for the caught stealing. Nick Ahmed (Connecticut) followed with a single, stole second, and advanced to third on a Tommy LaStella (Coastal Carolina) groundout to first. Jason Coats (Texas Christian) then drove in Ahmed with an RBI-double to cut Bourne’s deficit to 2-1.
The Braves tied it up in the bottom of the third when Nick Ahmed scored on a fielder’s choice after reaching on a fielder’s choice, stealing second, and advancing to third on a Walker throwing error.
While the Gatemen offense continued to struggle against Meo, Bourne took the lead in the fourth. Mike Nemeth (Connecticut) led off the home half of the inning with a single to right, and Josh Elander (Texas Christian) doubled to left center to drive him in.
Armstrong left the game after the sixth on the hook, having given up three runs off of five hits and six walks while striking out four. Reliever Jake Davies (Georgia Tech) pitched a scoreless seventh, but Joseph Flynn (Franklin Pierce) gave up a run in the eighth. After retiring his first batter, Flynn walked Travis Shaw and Nemeth to put two runners on for Elander. The Bourne catcher scored Shaw on an RBI-single to put the Braves up 4-2 lead and that proved to be the final score.
After six strong innings from Meo, Kyle McMyne (Villanova), Thomas Kahnle (Lynn), and Tony Zych (Louisville) combined for three scoreless innings out of the Bourne bullpen to preserve the victory.
Chris Walker led the Gatemen with two hits and Tyler Bream and LJ Mazzilli each added a hit of their own.
Wareham looks to bounce back Sunday when they host the Kettleers. First pitch at Spillane Field is set for 5 p.m.