Preview: Gatemen, backs up against the wall, look to force a game 3

Wareham (25-16-4, 0-1) vs. Bourne (22-21-2, 1-0)

Probable Starting Pitchers: WAREHAM – Nick Sprengel (3-0, 3.48 ERA), LHP; BOURNE – AJ Moore (1-6, 4.73 ERA), RHP 

Preview: Wareham coach Jerry Weinstein had game one set up just the way he planned. After the combination of Brett Conine, Ryan Wilson, and Ryan Selmer were able to get into the eighth inning, Weinstein called on closer Jake Matthys to get the last five outs. Matthys got through the first four, but a fielding error allowed the tying run to score and in the top of the tenth, Jake Mangum came through with the go-ahead hit to give Bourne a 5-4, 10 inning game one victory. The Gatemen now are on the brink of elimination, with a win at Doran Park on Saturday evening necessary if they hope to prolong their season. Nick Sprengel is scheduled to make his first start of the season for the Gatemen. Sprengel, a hard throwing left-hander out of San Diego, last pitched on Jul 27 where he went five shutout innings against Hyannis, scattering just four hits and striking out four. He has faced the Braves twice so far this season, combining to go four innings of one run ball, allowing five hits and handing out one free pass.

If the Gatemen are looking for any positive reinforcement prior to game two, its that they know they will be seeing a pitcher they handled once earlier this season. AJ Moore gets the call from the Braves to try and send them to the second round of the Cape Cod Baseball League playoffs. Moore, out of Kennesaw State, had a tough outing versus Wareham back on July 15. He allowed five runs on seven hits over 4.2 innings of work, struck out four and walked two. Moore followed that up with an outing where he gave up six runs over two innings, but had a solid final regular season start, firing 5.1 innings of shutout baseball against Orleans. He finished the season with a 1-6 record, surrendering 41 hits in 38 innings, while striking out 33 en route to a 4.73 ERA. The rising junior features a fastball that hovers around 90 miles per hour, a sharp curveball, and a change-up.

News & Notes:

. Wareham lost their first game last when leading after eight innings. Prior to last night, the Gatemen were 25-0-2 when carrying a lead heading into the ninth.

. Last night was Bourne’s first win against the Gatemen this season. It was all just the second time they scored more than four runs off of Wareham in seven games between the two teams.

. The Gatemen are not the only “higher-seed” to fall behind 1-0. In the Eastern Division, four-seeded Chatham knocked off No. 1 Harwich, 3-1, to take a 1-0 lead in the best of three series.

Game Time: 6:00pm, Doran Park, Bourne

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