YARMOUTH, MA: The Gatemen already had a 6-3 win over the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox on the season entering Sunday’s game in Y-D. Wareham scored a run in the second and third innings and held the 2-0 lead until the bottom of the eighth when the Red Sox got to Gatemen lefty Sean Newcomb (Hartford).
With a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth at Red Wilson Field, TJ White (UNLV) led things off with a triple. Then with Matt Honchel (Miami (OH)) on first after pinch running for Robert Pehl (Washington), Alex Blandino (Stanford) walked and scored White from third to tie the game at two.
Fred Shepard (Amherst) came in to pitch for the Gatemen with one out in the eighth. With Honchel and Blandino both on base, Jose Trevino (Oral Roberts) doubled to left field to plate both runners. This allowed Y-D to take a 4-2 lead. Wareham refused to go down without a fight. The Gatemen love playing close games and this time they happened to finish on the losing end but at least threatened some sort of a comeback.
Tino Lipson (UC Davis) got the start at designated hitter in his first game back from a quad injury. He went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. He has now hit safely in every game he has played this season. Lipson advanced to second on the throwing error by the shortstop at the time, Andrew Daniel.
Then Adam Toth (Baylor) was put out 3-1 for the first out, moving Lipson to third. That ended the night for Kevin McAvoy (Bryant) who ultimately got the win after throwing five and one-third innings pitched in relief of Sam Coonrod (Southern Illinois). Cole Sturgeon (Lousville) continued his hot bat and singled to center to score Lipson, cutting the Y-D lead to just one. Brett Pirtle (Mississippi State) grounded out to second to end the ball game, giving the Red Sox the 4-3 victory.
Trey Killian (Arkansas) was strong, tossing six innings of five hit baseball, giving up no runs, no walks and striking out three.
Newcomb made his first appearance since opening night on June 12 against Chatham. He has been out with mononucleosis and struggled. He gave up all four runs on four hits while walking two and striking out two in one and one-third innings.
The next game for the Gatemen is on Monday at 12 p.m. against the Hyannis Harbor Hawks at McKeon Park.