ORLEANS, MA: It must be something about Eldridge Park. In the season’s first week, four Gatemen pitchers combined for a one hitter in a 1-0 Wareham lead. Sunday night four Gatemen pitchers combined for a two hit shutout, as Wareham (12-13) won its second straight game 2-0 over Orleans (13-12-1).
Gatemen starter Josh Turley (Baylor) tossed five strong innings, allowing just one hit, and striking out eight. Dillon Newman (Baylor) followed with two hitless innings before turning the reigns over to Daniel Feehan (UConn), who tossed a hitless 8th. In the 9th, Konner Wade (Arizona) worked around a two out double to pick up his sixth save of the season. Turley’s win was his third; tying him atop the league lead. Wade’s 6th save also puts him tied for the league lead in that category.
Just how impressive was the Wareham pitching? The four pitcher combined to strike out twelve Firebirds, Orleans never had more than one base runner in an inning, and Firebird runners only reached second base twice, in the 1st and 9th innings.
Meanwhile, the Gatemen benefitted from the long ball for the second straight night. With two outs in the second Daniel Palka (Georgia Tech) hit a solo home run to left center field and Johnny Field (Arizona) followed with a line drive homer to left field for the game’s only two runs.
Saturday night’s hero Max Muncy extended his hitting streak to 12 games in his second at bat. His average now sits at .289 to go along with his 15 RBI.
The Gatemen return to Spillane Field Monday night to take on Falmouth at 7 PM where Luke Farrell (Northwestern) will be the Gatemen starting pitcher. He will face Falmouth’s Sean Hagen (St. John’s)