Late Heroics Lead Red Sox over Gatemen

A pinch-hit home run from Connor Wong in the ninth and a bases-loaded single from Mike Donadio in the tenth helped the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox come back from an early deficit and beat the Wareham Gatemen 3-2 Sunday evening.

The Gatemen had the game in hand early on, thanks to stellar pitching and timely hitting.  Starter Blake Fox went 5 scoreless innings, scattering 6 hits and striking out 2.  He was in line for the win after the Gatemen staged a rally in the top of the sixth.

With the bases loaded and two outs, David MacKinnon singled up the middle to plate Andrew Calica and Charlie Warren and give the Gatemen a 2-0 lead.  But with MacKinnon on second and Andrew Knizner on third, Mac Seibert struck out swinging to end the threat.

Daulton Jefferies, fresh off a stint with Team USA, pitched 2 innings and allowed an unearned run in the seventh when Seibert’s throw to first on a pickoff attempt went wild and sent Nathan Rodriguez to third with one out.  Cole Billingsley followed with an RBI single to draw the Y-D deficit to 2-1.

Things remained that way until the ninth, when Ryan Olson (L, 0-2) was two outs away from picking up his third save of the season.  Pinch-hitter Connor Wong had other ideas, sending a home run over the short fence in center field to tie up the game.

After Cory Malcom (W, 2-0) retired the Gatemen in order in the tenth, the Red Sox loaded the bases with one out.  Olson dug deep to strike out Will Toffey for the second out, but Mike Donadio hit a low liner to center field that fell in front of Charlie Warren to score Donnie Walton and win the game.

The Gatemen return to action on Tuesday, when they take on the Orleans Firebirds at Spillane Field.  First pitch is at 7 p.m.

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