WARHAM, MA: Dustin DeMuth’s (Indiana) walk-off double in the 10th inning of the regular season finale vs Western Division rival Bourne clinches 2nd place in the CCBL Western Division as the Wareham Gatemen defeat the Bourne Braves 6-5. The Gatemen will host the Falmouth Commodores on Thursday at 7:00pm in game 1 of the first round best of three playoff series.
After losing the first of two game on Sunday to Falmouth, the Gatemen needed to win that night vs. Chatham, win the next 3 games and have the Falmouth Commodores lose each of their remaining regular season games in order to secure second place in the CCBL Western Division. Well, all that happened, and the Wareham Gatemen finish the 2012 regular season in 2nd place and take a 4 game winning streak into the playoffs.
In a final stretch both powered and overshadowed by the record breaking season by Tyler Horan (Virginia Tech), the Gatemen their longest winning streak of the season to close out the regular season and ride that momentum into the playoffs.
Tonight’s game did not start off as the Gatemen would have like as two infield throwing errors led to two Bourne runs as the Braves put 3 on the board in the first inning to take a 3-0 lead.
The Gatemen would get one back in the second inning and another in the fifth on an rbi groundout by Cole Sturdeon (Louisville).
Jack Reinheimer (East Carolina) crushed a two run homer in the 7th to give Bourne 5-2 lead and it looked as if Wareham would be heading to Falmouth as the #3 seed in the West. Proving their resiliency as they have all season, the Gatemen answered with 3 runs of their own in the home half of the inning on a bases loaded walk by the patient Ryan Sullivan (Seton Hall), an rbi groundout by Kyle Schwarber (Indiana) and a sacrafice fly by Tyler Horan; that would tie the game 5-5.
Cole Sturgeon, who entered the game as the relief pitcher in the 8th inning, held the Braves in check and helped set the stage for a dramatic extra innings conclusion.
With one out in the bottom of the 10th inning, Daniel Palka (Georgia Tech) singled and he was followed by Mott Hyde (Georgia Tech) who followed by drawing a walk. That set the stage for Dustin DeMuth, injured for most of this season, who delivered a the game winning, walk-off double that secured second place in the CCBL Western Division; sending his team on the momentum of a 4 game winning streak into the playoffs.
The Gatemen will play host to the Falmouth Commodores on Thursday at 7:00pm in game 1 of a first round, Cape Cod Baseball League, best-of-three, playoff series. Kendall Graveman (Mississippi State) will be the game 1 starter and lead the Gatemen into 27th playoff series since 1976.
Prior to the game, Commissioner Paul Galop presented Tyler Horon with the John Claffey Award; given to the top Prospect in New England. He also presented President and General Manager Tom Gay with the Commissioner’s Cup – honoring the Gatemen organization with the prestigious award for the second consecutive year and for the fourth time since the award’s inception in 2004.