YARMOUTH, MA: Starting pitcher Matthew Grimes (Georgia Tech) last only 2.2 innings; allowing 5 runs on 7 hits and the Wareham Gatemen, despite a final inning rally, went on to lose to the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in game 2 of the scheduled double-header 7-6.
Wareham did jump out to an early lead. LJ Mazzilli (UCONN) singled and stole 2nd base before scoring on an rbi single by Max Muncy (Baylor) and the Gatemen a quick 1-0 lead. YD tied the game in the 2nd and took control in the 3rd inning by scoring 4 runs. After loading the bases, Anthony Melchionda (Boston College) walked to put the Red Sox ahead and the Red Sox would continue to chip away – adding runs that included rbi singles by Cody Keefer #UCLA and Mike O’Neil (Michigan).
After a scoreless 4th, the Wareham offense would show some life against Red Sox starter Anthony Thurman (UC-Irvine). Jeff Reynolds (Harvard) led off the inning and Brandon Thomas (Georgia Tech) double to set the stage for John Andreoli (UCONN) who delivered a 2 run single to cut the YD lead to 5-3. Andreoli would later score on a wild pitch and Wareham was back in game; trailing only by a run.
The Red Sox added a run and extended their lead in the bottom half of the 5th when Cody Keefer delivered his 2nd rbi single of the game; giving Yarmouth-Dennis a 6-4 lead. They would add a 6th and take a 7-4 lead into the 7th and final inning of this 2nd game of the double-header.
Relief pitcher Matt Carasiti (St Johns) remaining in the game to pitch his 3rd inning. After getting the first out, he allowed a single to Brandon Thomas and walked Andreoli. LJ Mazzilli (UCONN) grounded out but Max Muncy (Baylor) followed with his 2nd rbi of the game; driving in Thomas from third. Wareham would make it really interesting after Robert Refsnyder (Arizona) delivered his own rbi single and the Gatemen found themselves down 7-6 with 2 outs and 2 runners on base in the final inning.
A Mott Hyde (Georgia Tech) shallow flyout to left would end the game though and Wareham had to settle for a split with YD.
Brandon Thomas had two more hits, making that 4 total for the day and extended his batting average to .419.
The Gatemen move back to .500 with a 5-5 record entering the 2nd full week of the season. They remain in 2nd place behind Hyannis; the team they will welcome to Spillane Field on Tuesday after Monday’s off-day.