Manaea Overpowers Gatemen in 8-2 Hyannis Victory

WAREHAM, MA: Hyannis Harbor Hawks starting pitcher Sean Manaea (Indiana State) struck out 13 Gatemen batters in seven innings of work to lead Hyannis over Wareham at Spillane Field on Thursday night. His offense got behind him in the middle innings en route to an 8-2 Harbor Hawks win.

The Gatemen’s western division rival struck first in the top ofthe first off of a leadoff home run from Brandon Trinkwon (UC-Santa Barbara). Wareham starter Brad Kuntz (Baylor) settled down after that not allowing a run in the next three innings.

Down a run in the home half of the fourth inning, Mott Hyde(Georgia Tech) led off the frame with a sharply hit double to left field. He stole third and then his Yellow Jacket teammate Daniel Palka (Georgia Tech) hit him home with a deep sacrifice fly to right field. The game was then knotted up at one headed into the fifth.

Kuntz toed the rubber to begin the fifth inning with confidenceafter rebounding following the leadoff homer. However, the Harbor Hawks led off the fifth with two singles and then two batters later, Hyannis slugger Blake Austin (Auburn) hit a one-out 3-run home run over the away bullpen in left field to break the 1-1 tie and put the Harbor Hawks up 4-1. Kuntz again settled down and got out of the inning.

Manaea struck out the side in the bottom of the fifth for the second time on the evening to silence any potential Gatemen comeback.

In the sixth inning, Kuntz only faced one batter and gave up a leadoff triple before getting the hook from pitching coach Terry Thompson. Dominic Jose (Stanford) then followed the triple with an inside the park home run over the head of Gatemen center fielder Cole Sturgeon (Louisville). His hit gave the Harbor Hawks a 6-1 lead.

Dan Tobik (Tennessee-Martin) relieved Kuntz but only lasted 1/3 ofan inning and loaded the bases off of 2 hits and a walk following the inside the parker he gave up to Jose. After he loaded the bases, Tobik was relieved by Clay Chapman (Florida Southern) who retired the next two batters to get out of the jam.

Hyannis added two more runs in the seventh inning to increase its lead to seven runs. Andrew Smithmyer (East Carolina) relieved Manaea after the left-handed starter threw 100 pitches. He pitched a scoreless eighth before giving up a one out single to Kyle Schwarber (Indiana) that scored Sturgeon from 2nd base to make it 8-2. The Louisville product had led off the inning with a single and stole second.

With the loss to the Harbor Hawks, the Gatemen have now lost fourgames in a row and fall to 10-13 overall on the season. Wareham still sits at third in the Western Division and travel to the second place Cotuit Kettleers tomorrow night at Lowell Park. Barrett Astin (Arkansas) gets his second start on the Cape in 2012 for the Gatemen. First pitch is set for 5 PM

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