FALMOUTH, MA: Delivering one of the best pitching performances of the summer for the Wareham Gatemen, starting pitcher Fred Shepard (Amherst) pitched 7 shutout innings, struck out 5 and scattered just 6 hits to lead his team to a 5-0 win over the Falmouth Commodores.
Losers of 4 straight and 5 of the last 6 games, the Gatemen were looking for a lift and it came from the 2nd year right hander who kept one of the best lineups in the league in check. Shepard’s only tough inning was the second when Falmouth advanced runners to second and third base with one out. A strike out and line out to third base quickly ended that threat and helped Shepard escape the inning.
The Gatemen offense was also struggling against Commodores’ starting pitcher Kevin McKenna (Rice); going in order in each of the first three innings. That would change in the fourth inning in large part due to help from the seemingly in control McKenna. After sitting down the first two batters of the inning, Tino Lipson (UC-Davis) connected for a double; Wareham’s first hit of the game. McKenna then hit Trevor Podratz (Hawaii) with a pitch and then loaded the bases by walking Sean McMullen (LSU). McKenna continued to struggle finding the plate as he walked Matt Walsh (Frankin Pierce) and Ethan Gross (Memphis) to hand Wareham a 2-0 lead.
Considering the recent offense woes of the Gatemen, they were willing to add runs to the board in any way possible and as it turned out, those runs proved more than enough for Shepard and the Wareham bullpen.
Wareham would add three runs in the sixth inning in a more traditional sense and came through with some clutch, 2-out hitting that Coach Cooper Farris talks to his team about every season. After those 2 outs, Daniel Rosenbaum Sean McMullen and Daniel Rosenbaum (Louisville) hit back to back singles. Matt Walsh followed up with his second rbi of the night by driving in McMullen with his own single. Kevin Mooney (Maryland) entered the game out of the Falmouth bullpen and he was greeted by an rbi single by Ethan Gross (Memphis). A second run scored on that same play on an error by the Commodores’ right fielder.
The 5-0 Gatemen lead was nicely protected by the Wareham relief pitchers in the eighth and ninth innings. Bradley Roney (Southern Miss) allowed a walk in the eighth inning but also punched out two Falmouth hitters in his shutout inning. Gatemen closer Jonathan Holder (Mississippi State) matched Roney’s stat line and pitched his own shutout inning in the ninth to close out the game and close the door on Wareham’s sixth win of the season.
The Wareham Gatemen (6-21) remains in last place in the Western Division while Falmouth drops to 15-12 but remains in third place in the division.
The Gatemen will try to win consecutive games for the first time all season tonight when they welcome the Brewster Whitecaps to Spillane Field for a 7:00pm first pitch. Wareham will send Will Coursen-Carr (Indiana) to the mound and he will be opposed by Brewster’s Dylan Toscano (Memphis).
The Gatemen broadcast team will be on the air at 6:40 pm with the Gatemen Pregame Show that you can watch right here at www.gatemen.org.