COTUIT, MA: – The Gatemen (7-13-1, fifth in west) brought their unbeaten streak to four games with a 1-1 tie against the Kettleers (9-11-2, second in west) Thursday. The game was called after the end of the eleventh inning as per the league’s rule that an inning cannot start after 8:00 p.m. in lightless fields.
It was a pitcher’s duel at Lowell Park which saw dominant performances by Wareham starter Jed Bradley (Georgia Tech) and Cotuit starter Nick Tropeano (Stony Brook). Bradley matched a season-high with nine innings pitched, allowing one run off of seven hits and two walks and striking out nine.
Tropeano was on the mound for eight innings and allowed one run off of four hits and two walks while striking out six.
Both pitchers gave up their respective runs during the second inning. In the top of the frame, Jerrud Sabourin (Indiana), Anthony Toth (Michigan), and Nico Rosthenhausler (Oklahoma State) reached base on three consecutive singles to load the bases with one out. Adam McClain (Memphis) came to bat and grounded out to the first baseman to drive in Sabourin and give the Gatemen a 1-0 lead.
Curtis Casali (Vanderbilt) led off the home half of the inning with a single to left field. Bradley then hit Levi Hyams (Georgia) with a pitch and walked Chad Wright (Kentucky) to give the Kettleers a based-loaded opportunity of their own with no outs. Deven Marrero (Arizona State) grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, but scored Casali in the process. Bradley then struck out Jonathan Taylor (Georgia) swinging to strand Hyams at third and keep it a 1-1 game.
That proved to be the final score, as Wareham and Cotuit batters were not able to break through the rest of the way.
After Bradley exited the game having thrown what on most nights is a complete game, Keith Bilodeau (Maine) pitched a scoreless tenth and eleventh. The Sagamore native gave up one hit, walked two, and fanned one. Matt Murray (Georgia Southern) and Ryan Duke (Oklahoma) combined for three scoreless inning out of the pen for the Kettleers.
Adam McClain led the Gatemen in the tie with two hits and an RBI-groundout. Zach Wilson (Arizona State) added two hits and a walk. Jerrud Sabourin reached base three times and scored the lone Wareham run.
Next up, the Gatemen try to build on their four game unbeaten streak when they host the Red Sox Friday. First pitch at Spillane Field is set for 7 p.m.