Wareham Coach Jerry Weinstein made it clear before the team’s preseason game versus the Plymouth Pilgrims on Tuesday that his main goal is to see his team improve on a day-to-day basis regardless of the score. If that’s the case, then there is no question he was glad with what he saw on Tuesday night.
Led by a pitching staff that surrendered just two hits and struck out 13, as well as a solo blast from Colton Shaver, the Gatemen defeated the Pilgrims 4-0 on a beautiful night from Spillane Field.
The Gatemen staff – composed of Jake Fishman, Jake Smith, Jake Matthys, Noah Zavolas, and Ryan Selmer – all displayed a solid mix of a four-seam fastball as well as a put-away breaking ball. Of them all Zovolas, a hard-throwing right-hander from Harvard, may have been most impressive, as he struck out five of the six batters he faced on just 30 pitches. The Gatemen did not even allow a base hit until the top of the seventh inning.
Weinstein said after the game that above all else he was happy with the tempo his pitchers were working at.
“They threw a lot of strikes, great tempo. Moved steadily in between pitches,” said Weinstein. “They did a terrific job execution wise, locating their pitches and competed hard on the mound.”
At the plate, center fielder Joey Bartosic showed an enact for setting the table out of the leadoff spot as he began the game with a single up the middle, stole second, and advanced to third on a Robbie Metz fly ball. After a pop up induced the second out of the inning, Bartosic scampered home on a wild pitch to put the Gatemen on top 1-0.
Shaver followed up by displaying why he is in the cleanup spot in the Gatemen lineup as he crushed a 3-1 middle-in fastball well over the fence in left and into the parking lot for a solo blast to put Wareham on top 2-0 at the end of one.
The Gatemen added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Brett Netzer and Bartosic began the frame with back-to-back doubles to put the Gatemen up 3-0 before Nike Buentello singled in Bartosic with the Gatemen’s fourth run.
“The intent from our hitters was good tonight, they worked hard going up there obviously still early in the season. At the plate we can still work on the execution but overall we were very good tonight,” said Weinsten.
On Wednesday the Gatemen will continue their preseason schedule as they head to Worcester to take on the Bravehearts. First pitch is at 630pm.