WAREHAM, Mass. It took them nearly five hours, but the Wareham Gatemen overcame two deficits and a two-hour rain delay to defeat the Hyannis Mets 7-3. The contest was halted in the middle of the sixth inning due to lightning strikes, which mandate a 30-minute delay. Heavy rain soon followed, and play was halted from 8:50 p.m. until 10:50 p.m.
Before the rains came, Wareham and Hyannis were locked in a back-and-forth battle. Wareham struck first when Ryan LaMarre (Michigan) doubled down the left field line, and George Springer (Connecticut) drove him home with an RBI single to put Wareham on top 1-0.
Hyannis (12-15-1) scored two runs in the top of the third on an RBI double to the wall in left center by Eddie Rohan (Winthrop) to retake the lead at 2-1. Wareham (13-11-4) answered right back in the home half of that inning, as Derek Dietrich (Georgia Tech) was hit by a pitch, stole second base, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. LaMarre looped a base hit into shallow center that scored Dietrich easily to knot the game at 2-2.
The Mets scored again on an RBI double in the fourth off of Wareham starter Eric Pfisterer (Duke), this time by Trent Whitehead (South Carolina) that scored Dan Burkhardt (Ohio State) and put Hyannis on top 3-2. Pfisterer gave up nine hits over six innings but limited the Mets to three runs, earning a no decision after being relieved during the extended rain delay.
The Gatemen tied the game in the bottom of the fifth, as Jordan Swagerty (Arizona State) led off the inning with a single to left field. Dietrich followed suit two batters later with a single that put runners on first and second. A wild pitch moved both runners to second and third, and LaMarre grounded out to shortstop to bring home Swagerty and tie the game at three.
After the long break, Wareham started slowly, striking out three times in the sixth, but the Gatemen made up for lost time with the game still tied at three in the seventh.
Swagerty again began the inning with a single and moved to second when Dietrich was plunked for the second time during the game. LaMarre again provided the clutch hit, picking up his third and fourth RBIs of the game with a double that put Wareham up 5-3. Springer followed suit with a single through the right side, scoring LaMarre to increase the Gatemen advantage to 6-3. After Alex Dickerson (Indiana) struck out for the second out of the inning, Brett Eibner (Arkansas) reached safely on an error by Hyannis first baseman Kenny Swab (Young Harris) to extend the inning and score Springer.
With the Gatemen leading 7-3, Dean Kiekhefer (Louisville) pitched three scoreless innings in relief of Pfisterer. Kiekhefer faced just one more than the minimum number of batters, allowing just one hit to the ten batters he faced.
The Gatemen look to make it a four game winning streak Saturday evening against the Falmouth Commodores (9-15-1). First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., but you can join broadcasters Alex Perlman and Kevin Copp for the Wareham Gatemen pregame show on www.gatemen.org beginning at 6:45.
WP: Kiekhefer (1-0), LP: Gormley (0-2)
- Bourne and Wareham both recorded victories on Friday night, so the two remain tied atop the Western Division standings. Cotuit fell 8-3 to Falmouth and dropped out of what was a three-way tie for first place.
- Wareham scored one run in the first inning and went on to win the game. The Gatemen are now 6-1-1 when they score at least one run in the first inning.
- Though Wareham ended up winning, Friday marked the seventh time in the last eight games that the Gatemen had a lead and squandered it. Only twice in those seven times did the Gatemen recover to win the game.
- Though the contest featured a two hour and four minute rain delay, the Wareham/Hyannis game was not the longest this year in the Cape Cod League. Harwich defeated Hyannis earlier this season in 15 innings, a game that lasted five hours and thirteen minutes
- The Gatemen improved to 5-0 against the Mets this season. They have a chance for a series sweep in Hyannis at McKeon Park on Wednesday, July 29.