YARMOUTH, MA: The Hyannis Harbor Hawks arrived at Spillane Field with the best record in the CCBL and did nothing to indicate they have any intentions of losing a grip on that position; shutting out the Wareham Gatemen 7-0.
The Gatemen lost for the fourth time in five games Tuesday night, falling to first place Hyannis . The Harbor Hawks entered the contest with one of the league’s most vaunted offenses, and they lived up to their billing.
After a three up three down first, Gatemen starter Justin Amlung (Louisville) ran into trouble in the top of the 2nd. Joey DeMichael (Arizona St.) led off the frame with a double to the left center field wall. Two batters later Joey Rickard’s (Arizona) fly ball to right center was misplayed, allowing runners to move to second and third. Cal Towey (Baylor) and Jeremy Dowdy (Appalachian St.) followed with back to back RBI singles to make the score 2-0. Then came the nine hole hitter Austin Elkins (Dallas Baptist). The lefty dropped down a beautiful drag bunt that scored Towey from third, and the Harbor Hawks led three nothing.
Fast forward to the 4th inning. Rickard reached on an error for the second time, setting the table for Dowdy. The catcher blasted one over the left field wall to give Hyannis a 5-0 lead.
The score would only get worse from there as Towey came through in the 6th with a 2 RBI triple to deep left center that scored DeMichael and Kevin Plawecki (Purdue). Amlung lasted 6 innings for Wareham allowing 7 runs, 4 earned, on 5 hits and a walk. Barret Astin (Arkansas) and Dave Fischer (UConn) combined to toss 3 scoreless innings out of the pen.
Meanwhile, the Gatemen offense struggled throughout the night as they were shut out for the first time all season. Scott Firth (Clemson) scattered 6 hits over 6 scoreless innings to pick up the win. Kyle Kraus (Portland) tossed a scoreless 7th and 8th out of the pen, and Kolt Browder (Baylor) finished things off with a scoreless 9th.
The Gatemen fell to 5-6 on the season, while the Harbor Hawks improved to 9-2. Wareham’s back in action Wednesday night at Bourne.