WAREHAM, Mass. The Wareham Gatemen had played just one game in the seven days leading up to their Sunday evening contest against the Brewster, but the Gatemen bats looked sharp as ever in a 10-2 win over the Whitecaps.
The game began as a pitchers’ duel, with Wareham’s Blake Monar (Indiana) matching Brewster’s Sean Bierman (Vanderbilt) through four and a half scoreless innings.
Monar pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on five hits while striking out two batters. He kept the Whitecaps (3-6-3) at bay long enough for the Gatemen (5-4-1) bats to score four times in the fifth inning. Ryan LaMarre (Michigan) began the fifth with a double to left field and advanced to third on a botched pickoff attempt. Cole Leonida (Georgia Tech) continued his hot streak by putting Wareham on the board with an RBI single, his fifth RBI in the last five games.
Zach Wilson (Arizona State), one of two Gatemen making their debut on Sunday (along with Arkansas’ Brett Eibner), doubled to advance Leonida to third. Shea Vucinich (Washington State), bumped from ninth to first in Sunday’s batting order, blasted the third Wareham double of the inning, driving home Leonida and Wilson to extend the lead to 3-0. Vucinich moved up to third on a wild pitch and two batters later was driven home on an RBI fielder’s choice by Ryan Pineda (Cal State Northridge), pushing the Gatemen lead to 4-0.
After Brewster made it a close contest once more by plating two runs in the top of the sixth, Wareham’s seventh inning played out much the same as the fifth. Jake Lemmerman (Duke) drew a leadoff walk, and a would-be double play ball hit to the shortstop of the bat of Vucinich was booted, putting runners on first and second with nobody out. Derek Dietrich (Georgia Tech) walked to load the bases, and Pineda walked to drive home a run. After George Springer (Connecticut) grounded into a fielder’s choice for the first out and Eibner struck out looking, LaMarre came through with a two-RBI single to make the Wareham advantage 8-2.
In the eighth, Dietrich hit a one-out single, which was followed by a Pineda single that placed runners on the corners. Pineda stole second and Springer singled them both home, making the score 10-2 Gatemen.
Wareham became the sixth team in the league this season to score double-digit runs in a game, and the Gatemen will look to follow up their offensive onslaught as they return to Spillane Field Monday at 7:00 for a contest against the Hyannis Mets (5-6). Join broadcasters Alex Perlman and Kevin Copp for the Gatemen pre-game show at 6:45 p.m.