CHATHAM, MA: The Wareham Gatemen followed up the CCBL All-Star Game with an impressive 6-2 win at Veterans Field in Chatham over the Anglers and get off to a great start in the final stretch towards the playoffs.
The Gatemen grabbed an early lead in this one as Tyler Horan (Virginia Tech) drove home his twenty-fifth run of the season with an rbi single in the first inning. In his next at bat, Horan extended the lead with another rbi single as the CCBL All-Star continues to shine for the Gatemen.
The Anglers would get to Gatemen started Jared Ruxer (Louisville) in the fourth inning when Tom Bourdon (Boston College) ripped a double down the right field line but Ruxer’s seventh strikeout would keep Chatham to just that run.
The Wareham offense responded with 3 runs of their own in the top of the fifth inning. A lead off walk to Cole Sturgeon (Louisville) was followed by a bunt single by newcomer Ryan Sullivan (Seton Hall) that allowed Sturgeon to move all the way to third base. Kyle Schwarber (Indiana) then responded with a clutch rbi single – his twenty-ninth of the season – to answer Chatham’s run an inning before. Tyler Horan walked to load the bases for Daniel Palka (Georgia Tech) who drove in his league leading thirty-first and thirty-second runs of the summer to extend the Gatemen lead to 5-1.
Ruxer gave up a couple of leadoff singles to the Anglers in the home half of the inning and he was lifted for reliever Dan Tobik (UT-Martin). Tobik delivered perhaps his best performance of the season and while he gave up a walk, he struck out 3 batters and did not allow a run; getting out of the jam and preserving the 4 run Gatemen lead. In all, Tobik pitched 2 relief innings and struck out 5 and did not allow a run.
Kyle Schwarber’s night got even better in the seventh inning as he crushed a leadoff homer to centerfield to pad the Gatemen lead. Wareham threatened later in the inning with the bases loaded by could not add any additional runs.
Jonathan Holder (Mississippi State) held the Anglers in check in the seventh and eighth innings – including working himself out of a bases loaded, no out jam in the eighth inning. Cole Sturgeon (Louisville) pitched the ninth inning and allowed a run on a sacrafice fly by Andrew Knapp (Cal-Berkley). Jared Ruxer picked up his second win of the season.
The offense was led by Wareham’s 3-4-5 hitters as Kyle Schwarber, Tyler Horan and Daniel Palka combined to go 6 for 10 with 6 rbi. The pitching staff combined for a terrific team victory as they struck out a combined 16 batters and allowed only the two runs.
Wareham will try to keep the momentum going as they take on the Hyannis Harborhawks on Monday night at McKeon Park in Hyannis. Kendall Graveman (Mississippi State) expected to get the start for Wareham.