WAREHAM, MA: The Wareham Gatemen left runners on base in the 2nd, 5th, 6th and 7th innings and could not take advantage of those game tying situations; eventually losing to the Harwich Mariners 3-1.
Harwich started off this game with the lead after only one at bat when Ronnie Richardson (Central Florida) hit a lead-off homerun to the deepest part of Spillane Field giving the Mariners a 1-0 lead when his ball landed over the centerfield fence.
The Mariners added a 2nd run on a Luke Voit rbi double in the 2nd inning.
Wareham cut the lead if half in the bottom half of the 2nd inning. After three consecutive singles, William Carmona (Stony Brook) grouned into a 6-4-3 double play but a run did score to make it a 2-1 game
The Gatemen threatened again in the 5th inning but after consecutive singles by Daniel Palka (Georiga Tech) and Carmona, Palka would get caught too far off of 2nd base on a base that got away from the Harwich catcher and he tagged out at 3rd after a brief rundown. After at Ty Ross (LSU) walk, Wareham had runs on 1st and 2nd for the 2nd time in the inning but could not push a run across as Mott Hyde (Georgia Tech) and Brandon Thomas (Georgia Tech) both flew out to left field.
Wareham left two more runners on base in the 6th and another in the 7th and in all, left 6 runners on base in the game. Andrew Leenhoots (Northeastern), the Mariner’s starting pitcher, lasted only 4.1 innings and relief pitcher Celeb Reed (Mississippi State) picked up the win in relief. Carter Capps (Mount Olive) picked up a 2-inning save to close out the game for Harwich. (19-16-1).
Barrett Astin (Arkansas), who took the loss, pitched 6 innings and allowed only 2 earned runs in the start for the Gatemen (18-18). Max Muncy (Baylor) and Daniel Palka had 2 hits apiece for Wareham who remains in 3rd place in the CCBL Western Division.
The Gatemen will travel to Hyannis to play the division leading Harbor Hawks on Sunday night at 7:00pm. Wareham is 0-5 against Hyannis this season and will send Brent Suter (Harvard) to the hil.