WAREHAM, MA: Wareham entered Monday night’s game with six wins on the season, one of them came against the Hyannis Harbor Hawks on July 8 at McKeon Park.
On Monday night, Wareham picked up win number seven on the season, and the second against the Harbor Hawks. It was a 3-0 win at Spillane Field, but the spotlight belonged to Gatemen lefty Sean Newcomb (Hartford).
The big lefty got his first start of the season on June 12, which was opening night, against Chatham. Then he was diagnosed with mononucleosis and had been sidelined for about three and a half weeks. Newcomb had three relief appearances before this start on Monday night.
Gatemen pitching coach Terry Thompson only expected Newcomb to throw four or five innings in his first start back.
He shocked fans and everyone else in attendance when he came out for the sixth and then the seventh innings. He was absolutely lights out. He earned the win in what was a seven inning effort allowing no runs on four hits and walking one and striking out four. Newcomb threw 104 pitches.
Jonathan Holder (Mississippi State) also came in and got the six-out save. He gave up three hits on no runs while walking one. He got five of his six outs by way of the strikeout.
The scoring for the Gatemen came courtesy of Hyannis starter Cy Sneed (Dallas Baptist). He got the loss in six innings, giving up three runs on three hits while striking out seven. While that part of the line doesn’t look too bad, it’s the four walks that got him in trouble.
In the sixth inning, Sean McMullen (LSU) led things off with a single to right field. Then his Tiger teammate Chris Chinea (LSU) singled to the exact same spot. Then Trevor Podratz (Hawaii) reached on a fielder’s choice when Sneed couldn’t do anything with a ball hit back to him. The bases were loaded with nobody out. Then Danny Rosnbaum (Louisville) worked a five pitch walk to plate McMullen.
Matt Walsh (Franklin Pierce) struck out on three straight pitches for the first out. Then Adam Toth (Baylor) walked to bring in Chinea from third. Ethan Gross (Memphis) grounded out to second to score Podratz from third, making it 3-0 Gatemen.
Credit has to be given to Toth who made a Top 10-worthy catch in left field in the fourth off the bat of Dominic Jose (Stanford). Check it out by clicking here. (LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ux4kJICYaNE&feature=youtu.be)
The Gatemen have a night off on Tuesday but will be back on the diamond Wednesday against the Falmouth Commodores. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m.