BREWSTER, MA: – The Gatemen (14-18-1, third in West) defeated the league-leading Whitecaps (22-12, first in East) 9-1 Saturday in Brewster. It was a bizarre evening which saw two rain delays and the game finalling being called in the top of the seventh due to darkness.
The Gatemen got on the board first in the top of the second when Jake Davies (Georgia Tech) hit a one-out ground-rule double. Josh Ludy (Baylor) followed by singling to right, moving Davies over to third. With Nico Rosthenhausler (Oklahoma State) at the plate, Whitecaps starter Luke Bard (Georgia Tech) (0-2) threw a wild pitch which allowed Davies to score and Ludy to advance to second. On the next pitch, Rosthenhausler doubled to right center to drive in Ludy and give Wareham the 2-0 lead.
Brewster scored its lone run of the night in the bottom half of inning. Eric Pfisterer (Duke) (3-2) walked Cole Walla (Texas) and allowed a single to Jeremy Schaeffer to put two men on with no outs. After the southpaw struck out Kirk Singer (Long Beach State), Walla stole third and Jon Berti (Bowling Green) drove him in on a sacrifice fly, cutting the Whitecaps deficit to 2-1.
Wareham responded with two-run innings in both the third and fourth. In the visiting half of the third, Max Muncy (Baylor) hit a two-run homer, his second long ball of the season, to put the Gatemen up 4-1. Brewster replaced Bard, who has been used predominantly as a reliever both this summer and at school, with Kyle Hendricks (Dartmouth) for the fourth. His first batter, Ludy, drew a lead-off walk and Rosthenhausler doubled to put two runners in scoring position with nobody out. John Andreoli (Connecticut) scored Ludy and Jonathan Smith (Tennessee-Wesleyan) singled home Rosthenhausler, giving Wareham the 6-1 lead.
The game entered a short rain delay after the fourth, and after resuming play, another rain delay after the end of the fifth. Pfisterer was pulled from the game after the lengthy second delay, and finished the night with an impressive line of five hits, one run, two walks, and seven strikeouts.
Kenny Ferrer (Elon) replaced him on the mound in the bottom of the sixth and got out of a jam with runners at the corners by striking out Berti to retire the side.
The Gatemen scored three runs more runs in the top of the seventh off of reliever Billy Soule (Minnesota), in his first appearance of the season. Soule loaded the bases after a Smith double, Anthony Toth (Michigan) single, and Zach Wilson (Arizona State) walk. Muncy then hit a bases-clearing double along the right field line, and moved to third during a throw to the plate. The double gave Muncy 5 rbi on the night and 21 on the season; tops in the Cape Cod Baseball League.
Nice Rosthenhausler (Oklahoma State) also had a great day at the plate for Wareham with 2 doubles and an rbi. Jonathan Smith (Tenn-Wesleyan) and Anthony Toth (Michigan) also had 2 hits apiece hitting 1-2 in the batting order.
Wareham looks for its third straight win Sunday when it hosts Harwich. First pitch at Spillane Field is set for 5 p.m.