For a moment, it appeared as though the Gatemen were on the verge of a come from behind victory.
Trailing 6-0 entering the bottom of the sixth, Wareham scored four times to cut the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox lead to 6-4 and loaded the bases with two men down. Red Sox pitcher Collin Snider, however was able to induce a groundball out of Cole Freeman to end the threat. That was the closest Wareham got as in the top of the eighth the Red Sox scored four times to pull away, as they defeated the Gatemen 12-4 on Friday night at Spillane Field.
The loss is the third for the Gatemen (6-6-1) in four games.
Wareham coach Jerry Weinstein said his pitching staff had a tough time locating for most of the evening.
“We just did not pitch very well tonight,” said Weinstein. “We got two strikes and we just could not seem to put hitters away. Left some balls up and in this league, opposing hitters are going to make you pay.“
Sean Rackoski out of Kansas started on the mound for Wareham and immediately found himself in a hole. Matt Winaker lifted a one out single to left, advanced to second on a groundout to Nico Giarratano, and scored on a two out double by Brendan Skidmore to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead.
The Red Sox continued to tack on, increasing their lead to 2-0 in the third and up to 6-0 in the fifth.
Matt Whatley double to right, moved over to third on a groundout, and scored on a hard groundball up to the middle by Will Toffey putting Yarmouth-Dennis on top 2-0 after two and a half.
Just one inning later the Gatemen found themselves in a much bigger hole as a single to left, a hit by pitch, a throwing error, and a wild pitch gave Yarmouth-Dennis a 5-0 advantage.
As the game turned to the bottom of the sixth, Wareham, down 6-0, was desperate for a jolt of energy. They attained it from some of their more recent arrivals.
Cole Freeman, in his first game for the Gatemen, worked a walk to begin the inning and Alex Destino followed up by singling to left field. Moments later, K.J Harrison was hit by a pitch to load the bases before pinch hitter Robbie Metz hit into a fielder’s choice to get the Gatemen on the board.
Wareham was far from done.
A wild pitch brought in Destino to bring in Wareham’s second run, and on 2-2 Joey Bart blooped a single into center, scoring Metz and cutting the Wareham deficit to just three. After Wareham reloaded the bases, Joey Bartosic brought the Gatemen within two, chopping a slow ground ball in the hole that was not handled cleanly.
That was as close as Wareham could get, however, as Collins induced a groundout to limit the damage.
Jeff Bain came on in for the Gatemen out of the bullpen and threw two shutout innings, but in his third inning of work (the top of the eighth) he ran into some trouble.
A one out single by Paul Rufo and a walk to Nolan gave the Red Sox an opportunity to blow the game open for good.
They took full advantage, as Kevin Smith belted a two run double into the left centerfield gap, scoring Rufo and Brown and putting the game out of reach.