Gatemen Score 3 In 1st to Squash Sox

The Wareham Gatemen, on the strength of a 3 run first inning and a strong performance once again by Evan Hill, doubled up the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, 4-2.

Wareham’s first 3 batters of the game eventually came around to score in the first, as Kramer Robertson, Mark Karaviotis, and Andrew Knizner got on base. Robertson came around on Knizner’s single, while the other two came in on a bloop hit by designated hitter and University of Maryland product Nick Cieri. The first run was an earned run, but Knizner came in when Sox left fielder Luke Bonfield uncorked a throw into the dugout to give Knizner a free base. The score stayed 3-0 until the 4th, when Wareham tacked on another run thanks to a single from UC Santa Barbara product Andrew Calica to plate John Sternagel. That proved to be all Wareham needed.

One of the highlights of the game was seeing University of Michigan’s Evan Hill pitch lights out ball again through 5 innings. Hill was dominant, allowing just 2 hits while striking out 3 and allowing no runs to trim his season ERA down to a miniscule 0.71. After Hill was Brett Hanewich of Stanford University. Hanewich was wild, and it cost him, as walks and passed balls led to two runs being charged to him. After a rocky 6th, though, Hanewich settled down, and pitched into the 8th, when he gave way to Ryan Olson. The Cal Poly Pomona product slammed the door, allowing just one hit and earning the save. Hill ended up with the victory in this one. The loss went to Sox starter Dustin Hunt, who lasted just three plus innings.

The Gatemen play next in Harwich, where they will send Zac Houston against the Mariners tomorrow. The first pitch is scheduled for 5:30.

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