BREWSTER, MA: Wareham Gatemen starting pitcher Kurt McCune (LSU) will want to forget his CCBL debut as he gave up 7 runs in the first inning; including back-to-back homeruns and the Brewster Whitecaps went on to win 13-9.
The first seven Brewster batters reached base against McCune in his first start since the end of his college season. With runners on first and second, Whitecaps first baseman Trevor Mitsui (Washington) roped an opposite field two RBI double in the gap in right centerfield. With the score already 2-0, cleanup hitter Derek Thomas (Memphis) ripped a sharp single up the middle that plated Mitsui. Two batters later, Brewster designated hitter Jake Kalish (George Mason) delivered the biggest blow of the inning, a towering three run bomb to dead right field. Shortstop Derek Campbell (Cal) followed with a solo shot of his own to push the commanding early lead to 7-0.
After Wareham got two runs back on an RBI single from Kyle Schwarber (Indiana) in the third, Brewster immediately responded in the fourth when catcher JT Files (South Alabama) hit a two RBI single of his own. Brewster would push its lead to 12-3 before the Gatemen offense finally caught fire in the late innings.
Leadoff dynamo Cole Sturgeon (Louisville) started the ill-fated rally with a two run homer in the seventh that cleared the leftfield fence by a hair. Then, after Ty McFarland (James Madison) reached on a catcher interference play and Kyle Schwarber singled, Daniel Palka (Georgia Tech) roped an RBI single to right to cap the three run inning. In the next inning, Gatemen shortstop Ethan Gross (Memphis) followed a Jonathan Holder (Mississippi State) single and a Matt Walsh (Franklin Pierce) double with a sacrifice fly that cut the Brewster lead to 12-7. Then Sturgeon struck again with an RBI single up the middle that brought Wareham within four. After a Brewster insurance run in the bottom of the eighth made the score 13-8, Wareham finally bowed out in the ninth. But Tyler Horan’s (Virginia Tech) second home run of the season did cut the lead back down to four before the 13-9 result was sealed. In the end, Wareham simply couldn’t overcome McCune’s catastrophic opening frame.
The Gatemen have now lost two in a row to drop to 3-3 in the 2012 season. Cooper Faris’ club takes on Harwich on Thursday, a team they haven’t beaten since 2010. Coverage starts at 6:45. First pitch is set for seven at Spillane Field. Listen to all the action on the Cape Cod Baseball League Radio Network.