The Wareham Gatemen fell to the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox by a score of 9-1 Wednesday night as things fell apart in the late innings.
Ben Parr (L, 0-1) started for the Gatemen, tossing three innings while allowing only one earned run in the second. An unearned run came around to score in the third after a Kramer Robertson error, and the Red Sox led 2-0 after three innings.
Ricky Thomas (W, 7-0) was stellar all night for Y-D, pitching 6.2 innings of one-run ball. His ERA jumped from 0.96 to 1.01 after a Nick Cieri RBI groundout in the fourth brought home Andrew Calica for the only Wareham run of the game.
Calica continued his hot hitting, tallying three more hits to .439. He enters the batting average leaderboard at the top of all other qualifying hitters, and he has a chance to be the first CCBL player to finish with a batting average above .400 in 25 years.
Tyler Thorne pitched admirably in relief of Parr, but things fell apart in the eighth inning. Seven runs crossed the plate, all earned, to put the game on ice. Gio Brusa doubled twice in the inning.
The Gatemen, still in a virtual tie for third place and 2.5 games up on the last-place Falmouth Commodores, play the Harwich Mariners on Thursday at Spillane Field as they try to get back in the win column. First pitch is at 7.