After being shutout and three-hit for the third time this season on Tuesday, the Wareham Gatemen rebounded on Wednesday and trounced the Hyannis Harbor Hawks by a score of 8-1.
Though Hyannis remains in first place with an 8-6 record, the win for the Gatemen (now 7-8) was their third of the season against the Harbor Hawks.
Wareham pestered Hyannis starter Mike King (who took the mound in place of the late-scratch Nick Deeg) to the tune of four runs in four innings.
In the third inning, third baseman Andrew Knizner collected his first of three hits on the evening, and drove home Jay Jabs (who had three hits as well).
The Gatemen struck for three more in the fourth inning—two of which came off a line drive home run from catcher Jarrett Rindfleisch and one of which was cashed in by an RBI single from DH Kramer Robertson.
The big fly for Rindfleisch was one of two hits on the day, as he added an RBI single in the ninth inning, and snapped an 0-for-26 season-opening slump.
Gatemen starter Bailey Clark stumped the Harbor Hawks for the second time in two weeks, tossing five innings of five-hit ball and striking out four. The lone blemish on his outing was a wild pitch in the fourth inning that allowed Hyannis third baseman Blake Tiberi to scamper home.
The offense, though, was quick to back their pitcher, as left fielder Logan Sowers responded the next half frame with a sac-fly.
In the seventh inning, centerfielder Andrew Calica sealed the win, roping a two-run single off Hyannis reliever Chris McGrath to put the Gatemen up 7-1. All told, Calica tallied three hits, a stolen base and a mesmerizing full extension catch in left-center that saved a run.
Still, that run-saving catch was largely unnecessary, as a trio of relievers (Ryan Williamson, Brett Hanewich and Ryan Olson) stymied the Harbor Hawks for the final four innings and closed out the win.
After an off day on Thursday, the Gatemen will travel to Cotuit on Friday to face the Kettleers for the first time this season. First pitch is 5 pm ET with Grant Dyer (WAR) squaring off against Jonathan King (COT).