Red Hot Chatham Downs Wareham in Extra Innings

WAREHAM, Mass.  For the second time this season against the Anglers, the Wareham Gatemen found themselves on the wrong end of an extra-inning contest, falling 6-4 in 10 innings.

Highlighting the Wareham performance was Shea Vucinich (Washington State).  The nine-hole hitter was 2-4 with two solo home runs to left field.

 

With the Gatemen (4-4-1) down 2-0 in the third inning, Vucinich led off the home half of the inning with his first home run of the season.  Chatham (9-1) extended its lead in the fifth, scoring two runs on a Ryan Lemmerman (Duke) throwing error, as Wareham failed to convert on a would-be inning-ending double play.

 

Down 4-1, the Gatemen bats came alive.  Derek Dietrich (Georgia Tech) singled to begin the inning and was advanced to third on consecutive groundouts by Ryan Pineda (Cal State Northridge) and Alex Dickerson (Indiana).  George Springer (Connecticut) provided the first two-out RBI, scoring Dietrich.  Springer then stole second base and was driven home by Cole Leonida, who doubled in the sixth as part of a 3-5 day.  That brought Wareham within one run, and Shea Vucinich tied the ballgame at four with his second long ball of the evening, tying Dietrich for the team lead at two home runs.

 

The Gatemen got 4 1/3 innings of no-hit relief from Matt Barnes (Connecticut) and David Fischer (Connecticut), though the tandem allowed eight baserunners, seven via free passes and one on a throwing error.

 

In the end, the Gatemen played with fire one too many times.  After Chatham put two runners aboard to start the tenth, Addison Johnson (Clemson) laid down a sacrifice bunt to move runners to second and third.  Bruce Kern (St. Johns), in to pitch for the Gatemen, threw two wild pitches in one at bat to allow both runners to score and put Chatham up 6-4. The Gatemen went down in order in their half of the tenth, dropping consecutive games for the first time this season.

 

Wareham will return to action Friday night at home against Cotuit (5-4-1), the Western Division leader.  Join broadcasters Alex Perlman and Kevin Copp for the Gatemen pre-game show beginning at 6:45 p.m.  First pitch is slated for 7:00.

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