WAREHAM, MA: The University of Louisville was well represented in Cotuit for the Wareham Gatemen in an impressive 11-2 win over the Kettleers. Jared Ruxer (Louisivlle) picked up his first CCBL win as the starting pitcher, leadoff hitter Cole Sturgeon (Louisville) was 5 for 6 with 2 rbi and Joe Filomeno (Louisville) picked up a 2.2 inning save to close out the victory at Lowell Park.
Three home runs from the middle of the order plus Sturgeon’s 5-hit day powered the Wareham Gatemen win their 3rd game in the last 4 days by a final of 11-2 over the Cotuit Kettleers.
The Gatemen struck first in the 2nd inning with a solo home run from Tyler Horan (Virginia Tech). The Kettleers responded with an RBI double from Angel Rosa (Alcorn St.) in the bottom of the inning, but after that it was all Wareham.
Gatemen starter Jared Ruxer (Louisville) earnedhis first win of the season. The right-hander went four and two-thirds innings and struck out seven batters. He was followed in relief by two stellar performances from Nick Rumbelow (LSU) and Joe Filomeno (Louisville), who combined to strike out 8 Cotuit batters in the later innings.
The third inning was the power display Warehamhad been waiting for all season. First Kyle Schwarber (Indiana) hit a home run for the second night in a row bringing home himself and Ty McFarland (James Madison). Then later in the inning Daniel Palka (Georgia Tech) continued his torrid pace with a solo shot of his own, good for his 4th HR of the season.
Cooper Farris’ offense added four more runs inthe 5th inning to take a 9-1 lead, then John Sheridan (Brown) capped off the Wareham onslaught with a two-RBI single in the 7th. The hit was his first of the season with the Gatemen.
Cole Sturgeon’s 5-6 night helped raise his batting average to .351, good for second on the team behind Schwarber and moves him into the top 10 in the league.
Although Cotuit added another run in the 9th, the Gatemen easily hung for the 11-2 win and now improve to 7-7 on the year; keeping them in 2nd place in the Western Division.
Wareham takes on the 2-11 Hyannis Harbor Hawksfor the 2nd time in 3 nights tonight. The game is slated for 7:00PM at Spillane Field with Fred Shepard (Amherst) penciled in for the start on the mound for the Gatemen.