07/22/08 – Leonida Leads Gatemen to Victory on Martha’s Vineyard
Cole Leonida (Georgia Tech) hit a 2 run homer and added and rbi single to lead the Wareham Gatemen to a 6-1 victory over the Falmouth Commodores in front of 2,232 on a game played on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. After a Trevor Coleman (Missouri) rbi ground out in the first inning that gave Falmouth a 1-0 lead, Wareham answered in the second with 4 runs; highlighted by the two run homer by Leonida.
Starting pitcher Robby Broach (Tulane), after allowing the first inning run, worked out of based loaded jams in the 2nd and 3rd innings before settling in and earning his 2nd win of the season. Broach pitched 7 innings, struck out 5, walked 3 and allowed 5 hits. Austin Graham (Alabama) pitched the final 2 innings in relief and did not allow a run.
The Gateman offense would score singles runs in the 8th and 9th innings to account for the final total. In the 8th, Connor Rowe (Texas) singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and would score on an rbi single by Leonida. In the 9th, consecutive hits by Blake Dean (LSU) and Aaron Baker (Oklahoma) would lead to a sacrafice fly by Kipp Schutz (Indiana) that would result in Wareham’s 6th and final run.
Combined, the teams would leave 23 runners on base; Wareham stranding 12. The Gatemen had multiple hit games by Blake Dean, Aaron Baker, Cole Leonida and Connor Rowe. Raynor Cambell (Baylor) went 3 for 5 and has now raised his average to .342. Broach lowered his earned run average to 2.93.
The win is Wareham’s 5th straight and while still in last place in the Western Division, they are only 7 points behind division leader Hyannis (a 1-0 winner over Harwich). The Gatemen are just 5 points behind second place Bourne (a 1-0 loser to Cotuit) for second place and the final playoff spot in the extremely close race in the CCBL Western Division.
The Gatemen have an off-day on Wednesday and will return to action at home on Thursday vs. Eastern Division leading Orleans in the final game before the All-Star break. Either Dallas Keuchel (Arkansas) or Matt Way (Washington State) will start for Wareham.