WAREHAM, MA: After aFalmouth starter Sean Hagan (St. John’s) went 9 innings but failed to register a decision against Wareham on Saturday night. His outing was the longest any Cape League pitcher has gone into a ballgame this year and he only allowed six hits, but his Commodore’s bullpen couldn’t help him out in the end.
In an odd 5:30 start at Guv Fuller Field, both bats came out hotearly. Hagan allowed two runs to score in the top of the first off of back-to-back RBI singles from Western Division All-Star Ty Ross (LSU) and Claude Johnson (Arkansas State).
Ross also threw out 3 of 4 base runners behind the plate Saturdayfor the Gatemen.
Then in the home half of the inning, Gatemen starter Brad Kuntz (Baylor) gaveup a solo home run to Casey Turgeon (Florida) then a triple to the next batter Michael O’Neill (Michigan) who scored on an RBI groundout the very next pitch to All-Star Drew Dosch (Youngstown State).
The next 8 innings were a far cry from the first. Zero runs werescored as Kuntz worked into the sixth and Hagan stayed steady. Wareham threatened in the third with runners on first and second and no outs, but when Falmouth centerfielder Billy Ferriter made a diving catch and double up Mott Hyde (Georgia Tech) at second base, the rally was killed.
After the double play, Hagan retired 15 straight Gatemen batters.After Hyde’s lead-off single in that third inning, Cole Sturgeon was the first batter after him to get a hit with one out in the top of the eighth inning.
On the other side, Kuntz was pretty solid himself. He struck out aseason-high eight batters in five and two-thirds innings of work and only gave up six hits. He was relieved by Clay Chapman (Florida Southern) and Colby Suggs (Arkansas) who combined to throw 2 innings of scoreless ball.
With the game still tied at two in the ninth, Daniel Palka led off the inning with a double but was picked off of the bag off of a snap throw from Commodores catcher Jake Rodriguez (Oregon State). That play negated a needed Wareham rally.
In the bottom of the ninth, Gatemen reliever and All-Star Nick Rumbelow (LSU) pitched a scoreless inning. Joe Filomeno (Louisville also pitched a perfect tenth.
The Gatemen struck in the eleventh when Mott Hyde led off the inning with a double. Kyle Schwarber (Indiana) then reached on a bunt single. With runners on the corners and the infield playing in, Palka hit a ground ball at Falmouth shortstop Alex Maldonado who booted the routine grounder and shot past him. Hyde scored and the Gatemen took a 3-2 lead.
Konner Wade (Arizona) shut it down in the bottom of the inning forthe save while Filomeno got the win for the Gatemen. The victory propels the Gatemen to a 13-16 record. Wareham has now won 3 of its last 5 games.
The team returns home to Spillane Field Sundaynight to face the Brewster Whitecaps. Jared Ruxer (Louisville) is scheduled to make the start for Wareham.