WAREHAM, MA: For the third game in a row, Chatham scored three runs in the first inning. The Anglers tacked on four more in the second and never looked back, defeating Wareham, 8-4, on Sunday night at Spillane Field. With the win, Chatham improved its league-best record to 23-9-1. The Gatemen, on the other hand, fell to 6-27.
With two outs, the bases loaded and a two-strike count in the top of the first inning, Chatham catcher Brandon Sedell (Nova Southeastern) blasted a bases-clearing double into the left-center field gap to give the Anglers an early 3-0 advantage.
The Gatemen got one back in the bottom of the first when left fielder Tino Lipson (UC-Davis) scored after reaching on an infield single. But Chatham kept the pressure on Wareham starting pitcher Fred Shepard (Amherst) in the very next inning. Center fielder Brett Bell (Texas Tech) got plunked in the helmet with a curveball to lead off, and shortstop Michael Russell (North Carolina) swiftly extended the Chatham lead to 5-0 when he golfed a two-run home run over the left-field fence.
Each of the next two Anglers hitters reached as well, and Shepard was replaced with left-hander Will Coursen-Carr (Indiana). Two more runners crossed the plate for Chatham before Coursen-Carr got out of the inning, and the Anglers took an early, commanding 7-1 lead.
Over the duration of his long relief outing, Coursen-Carr was excellent. The southpaw went 6.2 innings and allowed just one run on six hits and one walk to go along with a pair of strikeouts on 99 pitches. The lone run charged to Coursen-Carr came in the sixth inning.
In the bottom of the third, Wareham shortstop Ethan Gross (Memphis) led off with an infield single and eventually scored on an RBI base knock to left field off the bat of designated hitter Chris Chinea (LSU). The Gatemen got two more in the home half of the sixth when four straight batters smacked singles with two outs. First baseman Trevor Podratz (Hawaii) and right fielder Sean McMullen (LSU) were driven in by catcher Matt Walsh (Franklin Pierce) and Gross, respectively.
Wareham right-hander Bradley Roney came on with two outs in the eighth inning and set down the final four batters of the ballgame.
Chinea, Podratz and Gross each had two hits to power the Gatemen. For Chatham, designated hitter Mitch Gunsolus (Gonzaga) was 4-for-5 with two runs scored and Sedell drove in four runs.
Chatham starting pitcher Matt Gage (Siena) tossed five innings of two-run ball in which he allowed six hits, no walks and tallied two strikeouts.
The Gatemen are back in action Monday when they host the Hyannis Harbor Hawks. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
As always, you can watch the live stream of the game by accessing our “Gatemen Pressbox” page. The pre-game show begins around 6:40 p.m.