Wareham (22-15-3) vs. Yarmouth-Dennis (23-17)
Probable Starting Pitchers: WAREHAM – Zachary Pop (2-3, 3.68 ERA), RHP; YARMOUTH-DENNIS – Oliver Jaskie (2-0, 0.38 ERA), LHP
Preview: Wareham’s success against the Eastern Division continued on Saturday evening, as they knocked off Harwich for the third time this season, 6-0. The Gatemen hope to see their top level play against the East carry over when they hit the road on Sunday to take on a Yarmouth-Dennis team that, after a red hot middle of the season, has shown signs of struggle. The Red Sox have lost four in a row dating back July 25, and following a stretch that saw them go 22-7, they are now 4-6 in their last 10 games. Wareham has had their fair share of success against Yarmouth-Dennis so far this season, going 2-1 including a 13-9 win back on July 22. Zachary Pop, looking to regain his form following a tough outing last Sunday against Cotuit, makes the start for the Gatemen. Pop had had four consecutive starts in which he gave up two earned runs or less, but seemed to hit a wall in the fourth inning against the Kettleers, giving up three runs in 3.1 innings on four hits, walking three, and not striking out a batter. In total, Pop is 2-3 with a 3.68 ERA, fanning 23 in 29.1 innings to go along with 15 walks.
If Wareham is going to continue their recent success at the plate on Sunday, they are going to have to do it against one of the more premier arms in the League. Oliver Jaskie, a rising junior out of Michigan, has been nothing short of dominant all season long, surrendering just one single run in 23.1 innings of work. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Jaskie’s season is his strikeout to walk ratio. Currently, Jaskie has struck out 22 batters versus 5 walks, while also surrendering less than a hit per inning (15). Over his last three starts, Jaskie is 2-0, giving up one unearned run in 17.2 innings, scattering 10 hits, with 16 strikeouts. He showcases a fastball in the low 90s, a swing and miss breaking ball, and a circle change-up.
News & Notes:
. Falmouth can clinch the Western Division with a win today OR a Wareham loss
. The Gatemen’s magic number to clinch home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs currently sits at one
. Wareham’s Cole Freeman now sits at (.382), 27 points above Harwich’s Ernie Clement (.355) for the league lead in hitting
West Division Standings W L T PTS
Falmouth* 27 13 0 54
Wareham* 22 15 3 47
Bourne* 19 19 2 40
Hyannis 17 23 0 34
Cotuit 13 26 1 27
- = Clinched playoff birth