SEAN TENAGLIA (Gatemen Beat Writer)
FALMOUTH, MA: A frustrating season for the Wareham Gatemen came to a frustrating unofficial end on Thursday night in Falmouth. The Gatemen (13-26-2) were mathematically eliminated from postseason contention as they fell 11-2 to the Commodores at Arnie Allen Diamond. Trailing the Hyannis Harbor Hawks by eight points with only three games remaining, the Gatemen now find themselves on the outside looking in for the second consecutive season.
From the outset of the ballgame, the Gatemen struggled in every facet of their matchup with the Commodores. All-Star starting pitcher Kyle Cody (Kentucky) struggled for the first time in a long time, allowing eight hits and three runs over 3.0+ innings of work. The Commodores plated a run in each of the first three innings due in some part to two Gatemen errors and three uncharacteristic wild pitches from Cody. Wareham Head Coach Cooper Farris was disappointed to see his team turn in their worst overall performance with the season on the line.
“We were awful in all aspects of the game,” Farris said. “Defensively, we didn’t make plays. We didn’t pitch well and we didn’t swing it very well either. In all three aspects, we really stunk it up and that was a surprise because it’s the first time all year that we’ve kind of folded up the tents a little bit.”
The Gatemen did tie the game at 1-1 in the top of the second inning on an RBI double from third baseman Danny Rosenbaum (Louisville). However, outside of that one mistake, Falmouth starting pitcher Alex Young (TCU) was nearly unhittable. He struck out ten Gatemen batters, while allowing only five hits and one run in 7.0 innings of work. The TCU southpaw shut down the Gatemen lineup long enough to allow the high-powered Commodore offense to put the game out of reach.
Anthony Kay (Connecticut) did not allow a hit in his first 3.2 innings of relief work, but he ran into some trouble in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs in the inning, third baseman Conner Hale (LSU) ripped an RBI single to right field to increase the Falmouth lead to 4-1. Hale finished the night 3-5 with three RBIs for the Commodores.
Hale’s single was the first of seven consecutive hits the Commodores strung together off Kay and Andrew Zapata (Connecticut) with two outs in the seventh. When all was said and done, the Commodores had plated six runs and blown the game open with a 9-1 lead.
The Gatemen would pick up their second and final run of the game in the top of the eighth inning on an RBI groundout from designated hitter Willie Calhoun (Arizona), but by that point they had dug themselves too deep of a hole to climb out of. Falmouth would add a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth on a two-run double from second baseman Nicholas Ramos (Indiana) to cap off an 18-hit outburst.
Despite being eliminated from the playoffs, the Gatemen still have three games left to play in the season. Farris expects his players to leave everything they have out on the field through the final out of the summer.
‘For many of these guys, it’s their last chance to play on the Cape so they better enjoy themselves and take advantage of it,” Farris said.
The Gatemen welcome the Cotuit Kettleers to Spillane Field on Friday night (7 p.m. ET) and will look to make the most out of their remaining time in Wareham. The Gatemen have taken four of five games from the Kettleers this summer and would love to wrap up their season series with another win.
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