For the second straight game, one pitch bit the Gatemen.
Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Cotuit was able to get the tying run to second base with one out on a throwing error. Ryan Wilson entered for the Gatemen out of the bullpen, looking to get the final two outs to complete the save. Wilson was able to get ahead of Kettleers hitter Quinn Brodey 0-2 with back-to-back fastballs.
On 0-2, Wilson threw a third fastball, this one fouled off by Brodey. Now, with an opportunity to throw his sweeping curveball or slider, Wilson elected to try and fire home his fourth consecutive four-seam fastball. Brodey timed it up, and roped the high fastball into right center field, scoring the tying run as the Gatemen tied Cotuit 3-3 in 10 innings on Friday night at Lowell Park.
Wareham coach Jerry Weinstein said he did not have a problem with the pitch selection as much as the location.
“He threw the pitch he thought he would get the guy out with,” said Weinstein. “I don’t have an issue with the fastball it’s the fact that its an elevated fastball over the plate.”
In the top half of the ninth, the Gatemen took the lead in a 2-2 game after there were two outs and nobody on.
Dominic Miroglio (San Francisco) worked a two out walk, and Jonathan Engelmann (Michigan) came on in to pinch run.
Engelmann immediately did his job, swiping second to get into scoring position representing the go ahead run.
Destino, facing off against Cotuit reliever Alec Byrd, got a fastball on 2-2 and did not miss it, drilling it up the middle for a base hit to put Wareham on top, 3-2.
“We were able to steal with a base with two outs,” said Weinstein. “He stayed back and gave it a good ride on a tough pitch to give us the go ahead run.
In his first start of the year, Ethan Small was pretty impressive going five innings without allowing an earned, scattering four hits and walking only two. All in all, the Gatemen staff was nearly unhittable for most of the day as Small, Hogan Harris, and Wilson combined to go 10 innings without surrendering an earned run,
“We went 10 innings and gave up no earned runs so I would say our pitching was fantastic,” said Weinstein.
Wareham was able to strike first in the top half of the fifth.
Robbie Metz (George Washington) belted a two out double into the right center-field gap, before coming around to score on a Preston Grand Pre single up the middle to put Wareham on top, 1-0.
Just one half inning later, the Kettleers responded due to some luck.
With runners on first and third and two men down, Cal Stevenson hit a ball towards Gatemen shortstop Preston Grand Pre. Grand Pre came in to field the grounder, but was screened by the second base umpire, standing right in front of where Grand Pre positioned.
The ball grazed off the pant leg of the umpire, and bounced into and out of Grand Pre’s glove, allowing Brodey to score from third to tie the game at one.
Moments later, AJ Balta put Cotuit ahead, roping a line drive down the left field line, bringing in Grayson Jenista and giving Cotuit a 2-1 lead.
The Gatemen were able to get across the tying run in the top of the sixth due to a defensive miscue on the part of the Kettleers.
Joey Bartosic lead off the inning with a single, advanced to second on a ground out to second base, moved over to third on a weak come-backer, and came home to score on a fielding error by Cotuit second baseman Alonzo Jones.