WAREHAM, MA: Adam Walker JR’s (Jacksonville) RBI double in the tenth inning helped the Hyannis Harbor Hawks hand the Gatemen a 4-3 loss in 10 innings on opening night.
In front of alarge crowd at Spillane Field for the season opener, William Carmona (Stony Brook) got the Gatemen off to a great start with a solo home run in the bottom of the first. Wareham starter Justin Amlung (Louisville) and Hyannis starter Nate Bayuk (Boston College) traded scoreless frames for each of the next two innings.
The Gatemen carried that 1-0 lead into the 4th inning, but Hyannis struck back. Jayce Ray (Santa Rosa) led off with the Harbor Hawks first hit. Ray stole second and eventually found his way home on a sacrifice fly from Kevin Plawecki (Purdue).
Hyannis struck again in the 6th. Eric Stamets (Evansville) singled and stole second. After Dan Gulbransen’s (Jacksonville) walk, the duo pulled off a double steal to put runners on second and third with two outs for Plawecki. The catcher came through with a grounder towards the whole which second baseman Jeff Reynolds (Harvard) couldn’t snag, both runners scored, and the Harbor Hawks took a 3-1 lead.
The Gatemen answered back with a run in the bottom of the 6th. Carmona picked up his second of 3 hits on the day and moved to third on Max Muncy’s (Baylor) double. John Field (Arizona) followed with a sac fly to right that scored Carmona.
After 6 strong innings, Amlung gave way to the bullpen. Brent Suter (Harvard) and Joe Flynn ( Franklin Pierce combined to toss a scoreless 7th and 8th to keep the Gatemen within one.
Down a run, the Gatemen showed some fight in the bottom of the 8th. Field came through again. This time with a two out, two strike single that scored Carmona for the 3rd time.
Andy Flett (Louisville) struck out the side in the top of the 9th, but the Gatemen couldn’t score in the bottom which sent the game to extras.
In extras, Walker’s double scored Stamets to give the Harbor Hawks a 4-3 lead. Nick Wittgren (Purdue) pitched a scoreless 10th to pick up the win for the Harbor Hawks.