The Gatemen got their third consecutive win tonight, beating the Bourne Braves 4-2 under a foggy sky. Wareham is now 3-1.
Defense was the tale of the tape tonight, as Wareham’s defense was markedly better than Bourne’s. In fact, the two deciding runs of the game came in to score on wild pitches by Bourne’s bullpen.
Through the first 5 innings, the Gatemen were stymied by Bourne’s starter, Alex Robles of Austin Peay State. Robles threw hard, threw strikes and had good action on his pitches, inducing plenty of soft contact by Wareham early on. Wareham’s starter, Ian Hamilton, was giving up plenty of hard contact to the Braves, but the Gatemen were spectacular on defense. In the second inning, for instance, center fielder and Baylor product Darryn Sheppard made a sprawling catch of a line drive. Or, you could point to shortstop Preston Grand Pre, who made a pair of back to back spectacular plays in the 4th, one of which involved ranging to his left to snowcone a ground ball, spinning around, and firing to first just in time to nab Bourne’s Rob Paller.
The game was deadlocked with no score going into the top of the 6th inning, when Wareham brought in University of Georgia’s Connor Jones. Jones did not record an out, his two wild pitches after a walk contributed to the first run scoring. The Gatemen next called on Stephen Woods of the University of Albany, who did a good job of getting out of Jones’ mess, allowing just one inherited runner to score.
Bourne went into the bottom of the 6th flying high after taking a two run lead. Alex Robles started the inning, but got himself into trouble by allowing David MacKinnon of the University of Hartford to single leading off the frame. He was followed two batters later by Franklin Pierce’s Jay Jabs, who hit an RBI double to cut Bourne’s lead in half. Then came Logan Sowers, who got another key hit with a double to tie the game. Clemson’s Wes Wilson reached on an error by Bourne’s new pitcher, Cody Sedlock, who came on after Sowers’ double. Sowers then came in to score the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. Sedlock settled down though, and kept it at 1 run until the 8th, when he hit Wichita State product Tanner Kirk, and walked Jay Jabs. Bourne then called on Chris Erwin, but he couldn’t get out of Sedlock’s mess. He allowed another run to score on yet another wild pitch, putting the Gatemen ahead 4-2.
Wareham turned to Shea Spitzbarth, of Molloy College, to close out the game. Spitzbarth did make it interesting by allowing the tying runs to get on second and third base, but then induced a grounder to second to end the game. Wareham is now 3-1, and will look for a fourth consecutive win when they play host to the Harwich Mariners tomorrow night at 7pm.