The Gatemen overcame four errors to defeat the Hyannis Mets 4-2 at Spillane Field and climb back above .500 on the young season. One positive sign for Wareham (2-1) in Monday’s contest was the reappearance of the bats, which fell silent in a 5-1 road loss at Bourne the previous night. Already down 1-0 in the second, Alex Dickerson (Indiana) singled off of Hyannis starter Eric Moust (Notre Dame) to start the inning.
After a George Springer (Connecticut) groundout, Jake Lemmerman (Duke) singled to move Dickerson to third. Cole Leonida (Georgia Tech) delivered the inning’s big hit with a two run double, driving home Dickerson and Lemmerman, who came around to score from first. That sequence gave Wareham a 2-1 lead after two.
Hyannis (1-3) tied the game in the fourth, and strong pitching on both sides left the game tied at two runs apiece. Blake Monar (Indiana), the Wareham starter, threw 5 1/3 innings, giving up two runs that were both unearned. Jack Armstrong (Vanderbilt) tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief, allowing just one hit over that span. That kept the game within reach long enough for the Wareham bats to find their way once again.
Ryan Pineda (Cal State Northridge) was plunked to begin the bottom of the eighth, and Dickerson singled to left. Pineda, running on the pitch, was able to score all the way from first base when the throw to third base hit him and caromed into the Hyannis dugout.
With Wareham up 3-2, Eric Pfisterer (Duke) delivered the insurance run by driving home Dickerson, giving the Gatemen their first two-out RBI of the season, and the lead at 4-2.
Armstrong pitched a one-two-three ninth to earn the save in his first appearance. The Gatemen will travel to Brewster Tuesday for a 5:00 p.m. game against the Whitecaps (2-1-1). Matt Barnes (UCONN) will take the hill at Stony Brook Park.
It was also announced Monday that Wareham’s postponed game at Chatam will be mde up at 7:00pm on Wednesday, June 17. That means the team is currently scheduled to play 11 games in 11 days; the longest such stretch of baseball this season.