COTUIT, MA: Wareham starting pitcher Fred Shepard (Amherst) tossed seven strong innings, scattered seven hits, fanned five batters and walked just one. But the Gatemen were shut down by a pair of Cotuit pitchers as the Kettleersdowned Wareham, 3-0, on Thursday night at cloud-covered Lowell Park.
Shepard allowed a solo home run to Cotuit designated hitter Tim Kiene (Maryland) in the bottom of the first inning and Kettleers catcher Will Remillard (Coastal Carolina) ripped a two-out, two-run round tripper in the home half of the fifth inning. That offense was all the Kettleers would need, as starting pitcher Chris Ellis (Ole Miss) spun six tremendous innings of four-hit, one-walk ball and was relieved by right-hander Joel Seddon (South Carolina), who worked the final three innings in shutout fashion.
Ellis and Shepard worked quickly and efficiently and the game lasted just two hours and two minutes.
The Gatemen were held to six hits, three of which came from two of the most recent arrivals to the Wareham squad. Playing in his second game of the summer, center fielder and leadoff hitter Cole Sturgeon (Louisville) had a base knock. He was followed in the lineup by right fielder Sean McMullen (LSU), who smacked two singles in his Gatemen debut. In the coming days, Wareham is expected to add more late-arriving players who had been playing at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
On the other side, Remillard continued his dominance over Wareham and drove in two more runs with the long ball. Remillard has now tallied a pair of RBIs in each of the three matchups with the Gatemen thus far.
Wareham shortstop Ethan Gross (Memphis), first baseman Trevor Podratz (Hawaii) and left fielder Adam Toth (Baylor) added singles for the Gatemen.Left-handed reliever Ryan Riga (Ohio State) tossed a scoreless eighth inning for the Gatemen.
Tomorrow, the Gatemen send recently activated left-hander Will Coursen-Carr (Indiana) to the hill against the Hyannis Harbor Hawks. First pitch between the Gatemen and the Harbor Hawks is scheduled for 6 p.m. at McKeon Park on Friday.
As always, you can watch the live stream of the game by accessing our “Gatemen Pressbox” page. The pre-game show begins around 5:45 p.m.