Pitching, pitching, pitching. That’s what it takes. That’s what wins championships, right? The Gatemen staff set out to prove that true tonight, and succeeded, surrendering just 4 total hits and no runs, as their one hit (yes, one) proved to be enough to beat the Cotuit Kettleers, 1-0.
Wareham’s pitching dominance began with starter Matt Krook of the University of Oregon. Krook was a bit wild, allowing 4 runs in his two innings of work, but still flashed brilliance, striking out two in an outing shortened by a pitch count restriction. After Krook came Blake Fox, who pitched the next 4.2 innings, allowing just 3 hits and striking out 4. Fox picked up the win in this one. Ian Hamilton followed Fox and recorded two outs before handing it over to Molloy’s Shea Spitzbarth, who slammed the door, striking out two and allowing no hits in 1.2 innings of work to pick up the save.
For Cotuit, Jon Woodcock took the tough luck loss. Woodcock had an outstanding outing, but there was one pitch that he wishes he had back- one pitch to Gatemen outfielder and UC Santa Barbara product Andrew Calica, who hit that one pitch over the fence for a home run that would account for not only the Gatemen’s only run of the game, but also their only hit of the game. At the end of the day, Wareham’s pitching was able to prevent a run from crossing the plate, and Cotuit’s wasn’t.
Wareham will have an off day tomorrow before getting back at it on Friday at Spillane Field against the Bourne Braves. Gametime is at 7pm.