HYANNIS, MA: Pitching dominated Wareham’s 6-0 win over Hyannis on Monday night at McKeon Park with Kendall Graveman (Mississippi State) earning the win. Three hitless innings followed from Clay Chapman (Flordia Southern), Nick Rumbelow (LSU) and Colby Suggs (Arkansas) as the Gatemen got a much-needed Western Division win to inch closer to a playoff spot.
The Harbor Hawks came into the contest against the Gatemen just two and a half games back of third place and tied with Bourne for fourthin the West. The match was critical but the offense struck early and put the game out of reach.
The Gatemen scored first in the top of the second inning. After Ty Ross (LSU), Logan Uxa (Arkansas State) and Dustin DeMuth (Indiana) all singled with one out to load the bases, Ethan Gross (Memphis) plated two runs with a sharply hit ground ball to second base that was ruled an error.
Two more runs scored in the top of the third off of a pair off fielder’s choices for Ross and Uxa to give Wareham a 4-0 lead over Hyannis.
Then in the fourth an RBI single from Kyle Schwarber (Indiana) gave Wareham the 5 run advantage and Tyler Horan (Virginia Tech) plated another run when he hit a ball to the shortstop and reached on yet another fielder’s choice.
Those were all the runs the Gatemen scored, but it was all Kendall Graveman needed. He pitched 6 innings of shutout ball while allowing 7 hits and striking out 5.
Chapman pitched the seventh, Rumbelow the eighth, and Suggs struck out the side in the ninth to secure the Wareham victory as they improved to 17-19 on the year and are now 3 ½ games up on Hyannis in the West while maintaining a 2 ½ game advantage on Bourne.
The win over the Harbor Hawks was also the second straight for the Gatemen after beating Chatham 6-2 on Sunday. In Sunday’s game Kyle Schwarber went 3-3 and reached base in all 5-plate appearances. On Monday against Hyannis he repeated the feat going 4-4 with three singles, a double, and also walked to reach base in all five plate appearances as well. Post-all star break, Schwarber is batting 1.000 with a 1.000 on base percentage.
Wareham is back in action tomorrow night against second-place Falmouth at home. First pitch from Spillane Field is set for 7 PM with Fred Shepard (Amherst College) expected to get the start.