Gatemen top Braves, Stupienski racks up four hits

The Wareham Gatemen scored seven unanswered runs after an early deficit Wednesday night and topped the Bourne Braves 7-2 at Doran Park.

After a two-run second inning propelled the Braves out to an early lead, the Gatemen offense exploded for three in the fourth, three in the sixth and an icing-on-top run in the seventh.

Catcher and recently-added Gavin Stupienski led the charge, mashing four hits and sparking the rally in the fourth with a double.

Third baseman John Sternagel (Florida) immediately followed suit with a two-run single, scoring both Stupiensky and second baseman Mark Karaviotis. Right fielder Connor Beck then put the Gatemen ahead with a sac-fly to right field, scoring Sternagel.

The three-run sixth inning commenced with the trio of Stupienski, Sternagel and left fielder Charlie Warren reaching and loading the bases with nobody out.

The Gatemen quickly made the score 4-2, as Stupienski crossed the plate thanks to a wild pitch. Beck and shortstop Preston Grand Pre followed with quality at-bats, both making outs, but both driving home runs to give the Gatemen a four-run lead.

Stupienski capped off an incredible night at the plate, roping his fourth hit in the seventh, which scored Karaviotis.

Right-hander Stephen Woods Jr. toed the rubber to start the game for Wareham, and struggled with control from the onset.

Woods departed with one out in the third, after having walked four batters, uncorking two wild pitches and surrendering two runs on a two-RBI double from Billy Walker.

Though he departed the game in line for the loss, the Gatemen offense picked him up and the rest of the pitching staff was dominant in relief.

Left-hander Evan Hill inherited two runners in scoring position and in subsequent innings allowed three other runners to reach base, but in each high-leverage situation, was able to escape unscathed. All told, Hill fired 3 2/3 innings and earned advanced to 5-0 on the season.

The win for the Gatemen snaps a seven-game road losing streak and gives it its first winning streak in over two weeks. The Gatemen return home tomorrow, where they will host the first-place Hyannis Harbor Hawks at 7 p.m. ET.

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