BOURNE, MA: Behind a solid starting pitching performance from Fred Shepard (Amherst College) and a 3-RBI night from Kyle Schwarber (Indiana), Wareham beat its Western Division rival Bourne by five runs on Monday night at Doran Park.
Shepard hurled six innings, allowing just five hits and two runs (one earned) while striking out five Braves batters.
The Gatemen got the game off to a quick start when Cole Sturgeon (Louisville) ripped a triple into deep left centerfield. The very next batter, Ryan Sullivan (Seton Hall) belted an RBI single into right field and the Gatemen took a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning, Mott Hyde grounded a slow ball down the first base line, which Austin Wynns (Fresno State) mishandled. The flub allowed Sullivan to score all the way from second base, and Wareham took the two-run lead.
In the home half of the first, Shepard used just six pitches, but a lead-off double from Steve Goldstein (Stony Brook) allowed Bourne to score on a sacrifice fly by league RBI leader Colin Moran (UNC) to cut the deficit in half. Moran upped his total to 42 total RBI’s on the year.
Bourne added another run on a sacrifice fly in the third inning to tie the game up at two.
Following a scoreless three frames in the 4th, 5th, and 6th, the Gatemen add six runs in the final three innings to run away with the win.
Schwarber broke the 2-2 tie in the 7th with a huge double to left field to score Sullivan, and when Schwarber then advanced to third on a ground ball, he ended up scoring on a passed ball to give Wareham a 4-2 lead.
Nick Rumbelow (LSU) pitched scoreless bottom of the 7th for Wareham, and then the Gatemen continued to pour it on.
Ryan Donahue (LaSalle) gave us four runs in the 8th and 9th, with only one of them being earned. A big 2-RBI single from Schwarber with two outs in the 8th gave Wareham a 7-2 lead.
Each team would add one more run but it didn’t matter. Sean Newcomb (Hartford) and Jonathan Holder (Mississippi State) also pitched for the Gatemen in the victory.
On history watch, Gatemen DH Tyler Horan (Virginia Tech), who has 16 HR’s this season, went 0-for-3 with 2 HBP. Horan needs 1 HR to break the all-time CCBL wood bat record. His HR on Sunday tied Dave Staton’s record set in 1988 with Brewster.
The win was Wareham’s third straight, as it improves to 20-23 on the year. The Gatemen have already clinched a playoff spot, but can either be the two or three seed depending on what they do tomorrow night against Bourne at Spillane Field as part of a home-and-home to end the regular season with the Braves. First pitch is set for 7 PM at Spillane Field in Wareham’s regular season finale.