WAREHAM, MA: Going into Friday’s game against Falmouth, the Gatemen had only one extra base hit. That extra base hit was a solo home run for Trevor Podratz (Hawaii) in Wareham’s 3-2 loss to Cotuit on Saturday, but even two extra base hits on Friday night wasn’t enough, as the Gatemen fell to the Commodores 8-3 at Spillane Field.
Before Sunday’s game against Bourne, right-hander Kyle Cody from Kentucky said one of the reasons he is playing in the Cape Cod Baseball League is because he struggles in the middle innings of games. That was the case against the Commodores on Friday.
Cody gave up a solo home run to Rhys Hoskins in the first inning and settled down until the fourth inning. Cody allowed the first six batters of the fourth inning to reach. Hoskins singled, Casey Gillaspie (Wichita State) singled advancing Hoskins to second, Kevin Newman singled to load the bases for Kevin Cron.
On a 2-0 pitch from Cody, Cron doubled to score Hoskins and Gillaspie, moving Newman to third. Newman scored from third on a wild pitch and then Cron scored on the same pitch but all the way from second base, making it 5-0 Falmouth. Ryan Riga (Ohio State) came in to replace Cody and got the nine man in the order, Sam Gillikin, to strike out swinging, before Leon Byrd grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.
Although the Gatemen came up short, two extra base hits were the offensive highlight of the night.
With two outs in the bottom of the sixth and Trevor Podratz on first base after a single, Ethan Gross laced a double to left-center field, scoring the Hawaii first baseman all the way from first. It was the first extra base hit for Wareham since Podratz’s solo home run against the Kettleers on Saturday.
Mikey White (Alabama) got in on the extra base hit action as well. In the bottom of the ninth with no outs and Adam Toth (Baylor) and CJ Saylor (San Diego State) on base, White doubled to score Saylor but leave Toth on third base.
The hits are coming along, with Wareham recording 19 hits in its last two games, but tonight was a problem with the pitching, something that hasn’t been the case all season. Eight runs for Falmouth was the most scored for an opponent since Newport (NECBL) scored seven in the preseason game.
The Gatemen look for revenge on Harwich Saturday night at 7 p.m. The Mariners defeated the Gatemen 5-1 on Wednesday night. Tucker Simpson (Florida)is expected to get the ball for Wareham at Whitehouse Field.