After losing so many one-run games, the Wareham Gatemen finally came out on the winning side of a tightly-contested game in Cotuit Friday evening as they scored two runs in the ninth inning to beat the Kettleers 4-3.
Grant Dyer started on the mound for the Gatemen, going 4 innings while giving up 3 runs. Only one was earned, as a Preston Grand Pre error and a wind-aided double off the glove of Jay Jabs led to an early 3-0 Kettleers lead.
Wareham slowly but surely chipped away at the deficit with a David MacKinnon RBI single in the third and a Jarett Rindfleisch RBI groundout in the fourth. The bats were quiet until the ninth, when the Gatemen mounted their rally.
After loading the bases with one out down 3-2, the Gatemen got an RBI sacrifice fly off the bat of Jabs to tie the game. A batter later with runners at second and third, a pitch got through catcher Zack Collins and allowed pinch runner Connor Beck to come in from third to score the eventual winning run.
Cotuit head coach Mike Roberts used four different pitchers in the ninth as he tried to hold on to his lead and break a six-game losing streak, but his combination wasn’t enough to snap the skid. Kevin Ginkel (L, 0-1) entered the game in the middle of an at-bat and surrendered two singles before leaving. Those two baserunners came around to score when Matt Kinney and Jack Anderson took the mound.
Shea Spitzbarth (W, 1-0) pitched the eighth and ninth innings for the Gatemen to earn the win. With a runner at first and two outs in the ninth, a deep fly ball off the bat of Collins was tracked down by Andrew Calica to end the ballgame.
The Gatemen return to action on Saturday, when they face the Y-D Red Sox at Spillane Field at 7 pm.