The Wareham Gatemen split their doubleheader with the Brewster Whitecaps on Monday, as Brewster took Game 1, 5-4, and Wareham took game 2 by a score of 5-0.
A late comeback effort wasn’t enough in Game 1 for Wareham, but they really dug themselves their own hole, as a total of three runs scored on three separate wild pitches. Starter Matt Krook of the University of Oregon pitched well, but left the game after two innings due to a strict pitch count that Wareham was keeping on him. When Krook came out, the trouble started. New pitcher Zac Plesac of Ball State surrendered a home run to Brewster’s Toby Handley of Stony Brook. Plesac was able to get through the rest of that inning unharmed. After the Gatemen scored one run on an RBI groundout from right fielder Jay Jabs, Plesac needed a shutdown inning and didn’t get one, surrendering 4 runs, three of which came as a result of the previously mentioned wild pitches. That proved to be too big of a hole for Wareham to climb out of.
Whitecaps starter Alex Schick of California Berkeley baffled Wareham for 3 innings before Wareham got to him in the fourth, knocking him out of the game. Trent Paddon of the University of Oregon relieved Schick, and surrendered 3 runs over 1 2/3 innings. Wareham got two runs off of an RBI single from catcher Nick Cieri, and one from an error by Brewster and an RBI grounder by Andrew Kitzner. Besides those situational hits and a 3 hit effort from second baseman Kramer Robertson of LSU, Wareham’s offense was quiet, totaling just 6 hits all game.
In Game 2, Wareham flipped the script, as starter and University of Michigan product Evan Hill was dominant, allowing just 3 hits over 6 innings. He had Brewster completely baffled and putting the ball exactly where he wanted it.
Wareham’s offense was just a bit better in their second chance, showing the ability to manufacture runs. They got two in the first inning on an RBI single by Logan Sowers of Indiana University, then scored single runs in the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings. It proved more than enough, as Grant Dyer of UCLA closed out the game, striking out 2 in one dominant inning. The Gatemen (6-7) will play host to the Falmouth Commodores (5-7) at 7pm tomorrow night at Spillane Field.
Game 1 Player of the Game: Kramer Robertson
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