COTUIT, MA: The Wareham Gatemen (13-14) scored four runs in the top of the 5th and hung on as rain fell in the bottom of the frame to earn a rain shortened win over Cotuit (10-15-2) 6-5 in 5 innings.
The Gatemen got on the board early, when Johnny Field’s (Arizona) triple brought home Rob Refsnyder (Arizona) and Max Muncy (Baylor) to make the score 2-0 in the first.
Meanwhile Gatemen starter Bobby Brosnahan (Michigan) cruised through the first four innings allowing just a run on three hits.
In the fifth though, things got interesting. As the rain clouds moved in, Wareham’s hitters started showering the ball all over the field. Mott Hyde (Georgia Tech) blasted a two out double to left center and came into score on a bloop single by CT Bradford (Mississippi St.). John Andreoli (UConn) followed with a ringing double that one hopped the left field wall to bring home Bradford and give the Gatemen a 4-1 lead. But Wareham wasn’t done yet. Muncy brought Andreoli home with a single that extended his hit streak to 14 games and then Field picked up his third RBI of the game with a single that scored Refsnyder to make it 6-1 Gatemen.
Wareham would need all of those runs. Brosnahan was lifted after loading the bases with just one out. Dan Feehan (UConn) took over, but surrendered a 2 RBI single to the league’s leading hitter Victor Roache (Georgia Southern) to bring the score to 6-3. Deven Marrero (Arizona State) followed with an RBI single of his own and then Jordan Leyland (UC Irvine) picked up the Kettleers’ third straight RBI hit, to bring the score to 6-5 and put runners on the corners.
With the rain falling harder than it had at any previous point, and the tying run on third with the go ahead run on first, Feehan answered back with a strike out, and then induced Krey Bratson (Texas A&M) to ground out to end the fifth inning, making the game official.
With lightning surrounding the stadium, the umpires called for a thirty minute delay, but the rain wouldn’t let up, and the game was eventually called.
The Gatemen are back at Spillane Field Thursday night to take on Y-D at 7 PM.