Mueller Pitches Wareham Into Top Spot in the West

WAREHAM, Mass.  Thanks to a come-from-behind 6-2 win over the Falmouth Commodores at Spillane Field, the Wareham Gatemen recorded their first four-game winning streak of the season and took over sole possession of first place in the Western Division.


Falmouth’sHunter Morris (Auburn) hit a solo home run to start the second, and Brian Fletcher (Auburn) hit an RBI single in the third to stake Falmouth (9-16-1) to a 2-0 lead.

Wareham starter Josh Mueller (Eastern Illinois) recovered from the rocky start to pitch 7 2/3 innings, giving up just those two runs on only three hits.  Mueller threw 124 pitches in the effort, at one point retiring 10 straight Falmouth batters.


Onthe offensive end, Wareham tallied eight hits and was aided in large part by five Falmouth errors.  The Gatemen got on the board in the fourth when Brett Eibner (Arkansas) led off with a walk.  Two outs later, Connor Rowe (Texas) walked to put runners on first and second.  Shea Vucinich (Washington State) hit a would-be inning-ending groundball that B.A. Vollmuth (Southern Mississippi) misplayed, allowing Eibner to score and make it a 2-1 ballgame.


Wareham took back the lead for good in the 5th inning.  Ryan LaMarre (Michigan), as part of a 3-5 day, singled to start the inning.  He was moved to second base on a walk issued to Zach Wilson (Arizona State). On an attempted steal of third, Falmouth catcher John Nester (Clemson) threw the ball into left field, allowing LaMarre to score and tie the game at 2-2.  Wilson went to second on the throwing error and was brought home on a two-run home run from Eibner into the left field bleachers, putting Wareham on top 4-2.


The Gatemen continued to add to their lead in the late innings.  LaMarre reached on a single to lead off the seventh and came home to score on a throwing error by third baseman Matt Skole (Georgia Tech) to stretch the Gatemen lead to 5-2.


In the eighth, Vucinich reached base on yet another Falmouth error, an errant throw by pitcher Even Danielli (Notre Dame).  With the bases loaded and two outs, Wilson drew a walk to force Vucinich home and put Wareham up 6-2.  The Gatemen escaped with a victory despite stranding 12 men on the basepaths.  They left the bases loaded in the second and eighth innings, and in total, they left a man stranded on third base in five different innings.


Wareham will return to the road for a two-game road trip beginning Sunday evening at 5:30 against the Chatham Anglers (16-13).  The Gatemen are in search of their first five-game winning streak since July 18-22 of last season.


WP: Mueller (2-0), LP: Wall (2-2), S: Bilodeau (1)

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