HARWICH, MA: – The Gatemen (19-22-1, third in West) lost their last Eastern Division matchup of the regular season to the Mariners (21-20-1, fourth in East) 3-0 at Whitehouse Field. The loss, coupled with Bourne’s defeat of Cotuit, eliminated Wareham’s chances of winning the Western Division.
Wareham’s Josh Urban (Texas) (L, 1-3) and Harwich’s Andrew Leenhouts (Northeastern) engaged in a pitcher’s duel which saw the game scoreless heading into the bottom of the sixth.
Ronnie Richardson (Central Florida) led things off with a pop up to shallow right, which fell between shortstop Derek Dennis (Michigan) and leftfielder Nico Rosthenhausler (Oklahoma State) for a triple. After striking out Aaron Conway (Missouri State), Urban allowed a double to Pratt Maynard (NC State) to give the Mariners a 1-0 lead.
Tyler Pill (Cal State Fullerton) flied out to center for out number two before Levi Michael (UNC) doubled to left, scoring Maynard for another Harwich run. Urban then issued a walk to Brian Goodwin (UNC) and John Hicks (Virginia) singled home Michael to put Harwich up 3-0.
This proved to be the final score as Wareham had little trouble getting runners on base but struggled to score them. Leenhouts allowed five hits and walk, while striking out three, in 4.1innings. Braden Kapteyn (Kentucky) (W, 3-1) and Matty Ott (S, 7) (LSU) combined for 4.2 innings of scoreless relief to close out the game for the Mariners.
Urban tossed six innings, allowing three runs off of five hits and three walks while fanning six. Gatemen newcomer Brian Bodijak (Rhode Island) and Jake Davies (Georgia Tech) combined for two hitless, scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Offensively, Wareham was led by three hits off of the bat of LJ Mazzilli (Connecticut) and two from Derek Dennis (Michigan).
Next up, the Gatemen try to bounce back against the Commodores and avoid slipping to fourth place in the division. First pitch at Spillane Field is set for 7 p.m.