WAREHAM, MA: On Thursday night at Spillane Field, an east coast storm seemed to hit everywhere except the ballpark. The Gatemen seemed to fight off the rain, but couldn’t fend off a Cotuit offense that seemed to bring enough thunder for one night.
The Kettleers scored 16 runs on 11 hits,assisted by 4 Gatemen errors in the field and 8 walks to tie the Harwich Mariners for the best record on the Cape this season (21-12).
A monster seventh and eighth inning in which Cotuit scored a combined 10 runs did Wareham in on a night where Manager Cooper Farris used five pitchers in relief of starter Barret Astin (Arkansas).
Astin pitched well into the fifth inning until he gave up a solo home run to Aramis Garcia (Florida International) and a double to Mike Ford (Princeton). He was pulled in relief of Nick Rumbelow (LSU) who struck out James Roberts (USC) to kill the Kettleers threat and keep it a 4-0 Cotuit lead.
The Gatemen offense started the claw back in thehome half of the 5th with two runs of their own off of a Kyle Schwarber (Indiana) RBI single and a Ty Ross (LSU) RBI double.
However, it was all downhill from there.Rumbelow gave up a 2-run HR to Cotuit slugger Daniel Aldrich (College of Charleston) to make a 6-2 ballgame with the Kettleers on top after six innings.
With Sean Newcomb (Hartford) making his 2012Cape League debut in the seventh inning, Wareham looked like it could stop any more bleeding. But then the flood gates opened. Newcomb loaded the bases with two outs and was an out away from getting away unscathed until he gave up a bases-clearing triple to Tony Kemp (Vanderbilt). Kemp also added an RBI walk in the eighth and had 4 total RBI’s.
Newcomb was pulled for Konner Wade (Arizona)after the triple, but the righty didn’t fare much better. He gave up a double that scored Kemp and then yet another two-run bomb to Aldrich to break the game open to 12-2. All in all the Kettleers scored 6 runs off of 4 hits in the seventh.
Wareham added a run in the bottom of the seventh off of a solo home run for Tyler Horan (Virginia Tech). The bomb was his tenth of the year and ties him for the league lead with Phillip Ervin of Harwich.
Joe Filomeno (Louisville) started the eighth for Wareham but walked four and hit a batter, allowing two runs to score until Dan Tobik (Tennessee-Martin) came in the game and gave up an two RBI single to Jacob Valdez (San Jose State) that made it a 16-3 lead for the Kettleers. The runs were charged to Filomeno.
The win was the sixth in a row for Cotuit while the Gatemen lose their first game since Sunday vs. Brewster. Wareham now sits at 15-18 on the year at second in the Western Division, a half a game up on third place Falmouth.
The Gatemen are back in action Friday night athome vs. Orleans. First pitch set for 7 PM. Brad Kuntz (Baylor) is scheduled to get the start for Wareham.