WAREHAM, MA: Propelled by a mix of recent arrivals and established staples, the Gatemen put together a complete performance and defeated Yarmouth-Dennis, 6-3, on Tuesday night at Spillane Field.
Wareham entered the game having lost 11 of its past 12 games but got its third win of the summer and improved to 3-13 with the victory over the Red Sox, who fell to 7-8-1 in a rematch of last season’s championship series. The Gatemen scored a season-high six runs and smacked a season-high 12 hits as the offense exploded after a tough three-game stretch in which Wareham mustered just one run combined.
The scoring began for Wareham in the second frame. Catcher Chris Chinea (LSU) led off the inning with his first hit of the summer — a single through the hole between shortstop and third. With one out, designated hitter Matt Walsh (Franklin Pierce) went to the opposite field for a single of his own, placing runners at the corners. Shortstop Ethan Gross (Memphis) then stepped to the dish and ripped an RBI single to put the Gatemen on top 1-0.
Left fielder Adam Toth (Baylor) then grounded out to the right side of the infield and Walsh and Gross moved up to third and second, respectively. Leadoff hitter Cole Sturgeon (Louisville) promptly drilled a hard-hit grounder that got past the Y-D second baseman and scored Walsh and Gross to extend the Wareham advantage to 3-0.
The Red Sox, however, responded with a pair of runs in the top half of the third inning to cut the Gatemen lead to one. But Wareham tacked on two more in the bottom of the fourth as first baseman Trevor Podratz (Hawaii) roped a two-run single to score Sturgeon and Toth. After Toth doubled to right field, Sturgeon bunted for a base hit to set the scene for Podratz,who made it a 5-2 game.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Chinea reached on a four-pitch walk and subsequently came around to score after second baseman Cole Stancil (Saint Leo) laced an RBI double into right center field. Stancil had a season high three hits.
Right-fielder Sean McMullen (LSU) tallied two singles and drew two walks. Wareham right-hander Kurt McCune (LSU), who played with the Gatemen in 2012, made his first start of the summer, tossed five strong innings of two-run ball and earned the win. Right-hander Trey Killian (Arkansas) relieved McCune and struck out four of the first five batters he faced. Killian went on to power his way through four innings of relief work in which he allowed just one run. Killian threw 53 of his 64 pitches for strikes and earned the save.
The Gatemen send right-hander Spencer Turnbull to the hill tomorrow to face Bourne. First pitch between the Gatemen and the Braves is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Doran Park on Wednesday. As always, you can watch the live stream of the game by accessing our “Gatemen Pressbox” page. The pre-game show will begin around 5:45 p.m.