COTUIT, MA: A 2nd straight solid pitching performance by the Gatemen pitching staff was overshadowed by an offensive explosion as three homeruns hightlighted a 12-3 win over the Cotuit Kettleers at Lowell Park.
The fireworks began in the top of the second when a trio of Ketleers errors loaded the bases for Wareham with nobody out. It looked like the Ketleers would escape with minimal damage when Gatemen third baseman Dustin DeMuth (Indiana) bounced the first pitch to Cotuit shortstop James Roberts (USC). But second baseman Jacob Valdez (San Jose State) threw the ball away over the head of first baseman Tim Kiene (Maryland), allowing a second run to score and ruining a golden double play opportunity. Cotuit tied the game off Wareham starter Fred Sheppard (Amherst) in the bottom of the inning but it didn’t last long. With the bases loaded and nobody out again in the top of the third, Gatemen catcher Kyle Schwarber (Indiana) bounced into a double play to give Wareham a tight 3-2 lead.
That’s when the home run derby kicked into high gear for the salivating Gatemen lineup. Shortstop Mott Hyde (Georgia Tech) crushed a tape measure solo shot in the fourth to push his team’s cushion to 4-2. Centerfielder Cole Sturgeon (Louisville) crushed a similar tape measure two run shot to dead right to officially make the game a blowout at 9-2. Sturgeon’s home run came one batter after a two run triple from Gatemen shortstop Ethan Gross (Memphis) made the score 7-2. Finally, to sprinkle a cherry on the home run cake, Gatemen leftfielder Tyler Horan broke out of a 2-13 slump with a towering solo shot to right center that made the score 10-2 Gatemen.
On the pitching side, it was another strong effort from a deep Gatemen bullpen. Longman Ryan Milewski pitched three shutout innings after relieving Sheppard in the sixth. Sturgeon continued to be a jack of all trades for manager Cooper Faris by nailing down the victory with a one run ninth. Shepard became the third straight Gatemen starter to earn a victory as Wareham kept its first winning streak of the 2012 season alive. On top of the 12 Gatemen runs and 13 hits, the Kettleers did their best to aid the effort by committing five costly errors. Cotuit has now made 10 errors in its last two games, both losses.
The Gatemen look to improve to 4-1 tomorrow night at defending Cape CodLeague champion Harwich. Coverage starts at 6:45 on the Cape Cod Baseball League Radio Network. First pitch is at seven.