HARWICH, MA: The Wareham Gatemen were shutout for the 2nd consecutive game; this time in Harwich as starting pitcher Taylor Rogers (Kentucky) struck out 9 Gatemen in 6 innings to highlight a 4-0 shutout win over Wareham.
Rogers opposed Wareham starting pitcher Bobby Brosnahan (Michigan) and this fast moving game was a pitcher’s dual for 3 innings as the only baserunner for either team was Max Muncy (Baylor) who hit his first of 3 hits for the game in the 2nd inning. It would all change in the bottom of the 4th inning.
Ronnie Richardson (Central Florida) drew a walk to lead off the inning and stole second base. Austin Nola (LSU) singled to drive in Richardson and give Harwich a 1-0 lead. The Mariners continued to be aggressive on the basepaths as Nola stole 2nd and came around to score when Gatemen second baseman Mott Hyde (Georgia Tech) couldn’t handle a ground ball by Andrew Nash (Virginia Tech). Nash advance to 2nd base and then stole third base – the Mariners’ 3rd SB of the inning before scoring on a 2 out, rbi single by Jacoby Jones (LSU) and Harwich took what proved to be a comanding 3-0 lead.
Taylor Rogers protected that lead with relative ease over his final two innings; allowing only singles to Derek Dennis (Michigan), John Andreoli (UCONN) and Muncy. He would exit the game after completing 6 innings, striking out 9, allowing no runs, scattering 5 hits and walking just one Wareham hitter.
Jabari “The Hammer” Henry (Florida International) hit a solo homer in the 6th inning for Harwich, his 2nd in as many games against the Gatemen, to give the Mariners their 4th and final run. Henry is tied for the league lead with 2 homers and is tied for 2nd in RBI with 9.
The Harwich bullpen dominated the Gatemen over the final 3 innings as the trio of Chris Overman (NC State), Carter Capps (Mt. Olive) and Blake Hauser (Virginia Commonwealth) combined to strike out 6 more Gatemen and allowed only 1 hit in 3 innings of shutout relief pitching to close out the game. In total, Wareham struck out 15 times, mustered only 6 hits and drew just a single walk.
Brosnham took the loss and drops to 1-2 on the season. Wareham’s lone offensive standout was Max Muncy whose 3 hits propelled his batting average to .256…
The Gatemen will return to Spillane Field tonight for a 7:00pm game against Western Division rival Cotuit. Despite losing 3 straight and 5 out of the last 6 games, the Gatemen remain in 2nd place but will have to defeat the Kettleers to remain in that position as Cotuit sits only 1 point back from Wareham.