WAREHAM, MA: Exactly one week after picking up their first win of the season against Bourne, the Gatemen defeated Brewster on Sunday night at Spillane Field, 3-1.
Wareham has struggled to avoid the one big inning in which a pitcher gives up more than one run, making it difficult for the offense to fight back and provide run support. If the pitching has been solid, the hitting has not. If the hitting is solid, the pitching struggles.
That was not the situation against the Whitecaps on Sunday.
Wareham only scored three runs, but that’s all it needed because Andro Cutura (Southeastern Louisiana) was dialed in. Cutura earned the win, throwing five innings of two-hit, no run baseball. He only walked two and struck out six. Dillon Ortman (Auburn) continues to pitch well in relief. He allowed one hit and no runs in two innings while striking out two. Dalton Brown (Texas Tech), who did some relieving at college, earned the save. He pitched the eighth and ninth innings giving up one run on one hit and striking out three.
Matt Pirro (Wake Forest) for Brewster pitched well too, but the offense for the Whitecaps was absolutely silent until the ninth inning. Pirro went 4 1/3 innings giving up three runs on seven hits while striking out six.
The Gatemen scored their first run when Trevor Podratz walked and advanced to third on a Cole Stancil single. With Brock Stewart (Illinois State) at the plate, a wild pitch allowed Stancil to move up to second and Podratz scored, making it 1-0 Gatemen.
Wareham had nine hits, showing that the bat are starting to come alive, but the pitching has to be excellent, giving up no more than two runs because the offense can’t seem to produce more than three or four runs per game.
The Gatemen go for two straight wins on Monday against the Whitecaps in Brewster. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.