The outcome was not what head coach Jerry Weinstein had in mind, but positives were not lost among his team’s effort.
Despite a two-for-four day at the plate by Robbie Metz that included three stolen bases, the Gatemen found themselves on the short end of a contest for the first time this season, as they fell to Falmouth 5-4 on Monday night at Arnie Allen Diamond at Guy Fuller Field.
Wareham (2-1) fell behind 3-0 after six innings of play, but battled back in the top of the seventh, tying things up with three runs of their own.
Metz began the rally with a line single to center. After Metz moved over to second on a ground out and stole third, Shaver walked to put runners on the corners with one out.
Brett Netzer proceeded to hit a hard groundball that went through the legs of Commodores’ (2-1) first baseman Michael Cantu, scoring Metz to get the Gatemen back within 3-1. Pinch hitter Gavin Sheets out of Wake Forest came through in his first at-bat with the Gatemen, ripping one down the first base line bringing in Shaver. Finally, Nico Giarratano capped off the three run frame by hitting a ground out to short for a fielder’s choice RBI, scoring Netzer and tying the score at three.
Weisntein said that even though it was not pretty, it was still nice to see his team battle back when given the opportunity.
“Our guys battled. Overall we played hard, came together, able to get back in the game,” said Weisntein. “It was not our most skilled effort of the year but it was still nice to see us battle.”
In the bottom half of the seventh though, the Gatemen were unable to attain the shutdown inning they were looking for.
Matt McLaughlin reached on a one out single, and advanced to second on a bunt hit by Kevin Merrell. With the count 3-2, Gatemen pitcher Jeff Bain appeared to get the ground ball double play that he had been looking for.
Trevor Ezell’s throw, however (just moved over to third base) went into right field, bringing in McLaughlin to give the Commodores the lead. Moments later, Willie Burger (three-for-four, 3 RBI) gave the Commodores some insurance with a base hit back through the box.
The Gatemen continued to fight. A Colton Shaver RBI double brought Wareham back within 5-4, and a leadoff single by Jonathan Engelmann in the top of the 9th got the Gatemen the tying run on base. Engelmann, however, was caught stealing all but ending the hopes of a Gatemen comeback win.