WAREHAM, MA: The Gatemen held two leads against the Mariners on Monday night at Whitehouse Field, but let both slip away and eventually lost in the bottom of the 9th inning by a final score of 6-5. Trailing 4-0 in the 5th inning, Harwich Mariner CF Phil Ervin (Samford) hit his 3rd homer of the season; this one a grandslam to tie the game at Whitehouse Field in Harwich with the Wareham Gatemen. Not to be outshined, Mariners’ 3B Eric Jagielo (Notre Dame) hits a game winning, walk-off double in the bottom of the 9th inning to give Harwich a dramatic, come from behind, 6-5 win
Gatemen lefty Joe Filomeno (Louisville) gave up a walk-off double to Mariner 3B Eric Jagielo (Notre Dame) in the bottom of the 9th inning as Harwich lead-off man Matt Reida (Kentucky) came home to score and give the Mariners the victory.
Brad Kuntz (Baylor) got the start for the Gatemen and fared well through his first four innings.
On offense through the first four for Wareham, Mott Hyde (Georgia Tech) started things off with an RBI Fielder’s Choice in the top of the 2nd to plate his Yellow Jacket teammate Daniel Palka (Georgia Tech). Palka finished 2-4 on the night with 2 singles and a run scored.
In the top of the 4th, Tyler Horan (Virginia Tech) tripled and then was singled home by Hyde, who finished 2-4 with 3 RBI’s on the night.
In the field in the bottom of the same inning, the Gatemen almost gave up their first run, but Wareham shortstop Ethan Gross (Memphis) preserved the shutout by making a running catch in left field, then throwing out a tagging Matt Reida at home plate for a run-saving double play. Kuntz then pitched out of the jam.
The Gatemen then scored two runs in the top of the 5th in support of Kuntz to make things 4-0.
When Kuntz went out in the bottom of the 5th, his dominance continued as the Baylor left-hander struck out the first two batters he faced. He then struck out Harwich batter Mike Connolly (Maine), but Gatemen catcher Matt Walsh (Franklin Pierce) dropped the third strike and but Connolly on. Redia then doubled and Same Dove (Georgia Tech) walked to follow him, loading the bases for Harwich slugger Phillip Ervin (Samford). Kuntz worked an 0-2 count on Ervin, but on the third pitch of the at-bat Ervin slammed Kuntz’s change-up out of the park for a grand slam, tying things up at four.
The Gatemen quickly responded to Ervin’s game-changing swing by scoring a run on a bases loaded walk to Daniel Palka in the top of the 6th inning to take the 5-4 lead.
Nick Rumbelow (LSU) made his Cape League debut in the 6th and worked a 1-2-3 inning, but gave up an unearned run in the 7th off of an RBI single by Sam Dove that plated Reida, who reached on an error.
With things tied up at five, Wareham failed to score in the 8th and 9th off of Mariner reliever Brandon Woodruff (Mississippi State), leaving runners on first and second base in the top of the 9th after Joe Filomeno struck out in his only plate appearance.
Reida began the Harwich 9th with a walk, advanced to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt, and then was doubled home 2 batters later by Jagielo to give the Mariners the 6-5 win.
The Gatemen now fall to 3-2 and are back in action tonight against the 1-4 Brewster Whitecaps on the road at Stony Brook Field. Kurt McCune (LSU) will get his first start of the season for Wareham.