WAREHAM, MA: In a battle of tired teams in this late season CCBL Western Division showdown, the Falmouth Commodores, trailing 4-1 in the final inning, scored 6 runs off of Gatemen closer Jonathan Holder to win 7-4 in a dramatic come from behind victory to sweep two games from the Wareham Gatemen at Spillane Field.
Tucker Simpson (Florida) followed teammate Spencer Turnbull (Alabama) in turning in Wareham’s second, strong starting pitching performance of the day. Simpson pitched 5.1 innings, struck out 2, allowed just 5 hits and an earned run. Simpson’s only run allowed came in the 2nd inning on a Troy Stein (Texas A&M) rbi single that scored Kevin Cron (TCU).
The Gatemen offensive highlight of the night came in the fourth inning off the bat of Cole Stancil (St Leo) who tripled home 2 runs to give Wareham a 2-1 lead. Wareham scored a run in each the 5th and 6th innings. Adam Toth (Baylor) doubled to lead off the 5th and was quickly driven home on an rbi single by Ethan Gross (Memphis). In the 6th, despite having the bases loaded with 1 out, the Gatemen managed to score just a single run when Toth walked to plate Wareham’s 4th run.
Jonathan Holder (Mississippi State) relieved Simpson in the 6th inning and inherited runners on first and second with one out. A dramatic strike out of CCBL West Division All-Star MVP Kevin Cron (TCU) preceded a one pitch fly out to center to preserve the Gatemen lead. Holder then got into his own trouble in the 7th as Falmouth loaded the bases with 2 outs. Casey Gillaspie (Wichita State) singled on a 3-2 pitch to drive in 2 runs but that was just the beginning.
Dylan Davis (Oregon State) followed Gillaspie with his own clutch hit; tying the game 4-4. Troy Stein then drove a Holder fastball into the right centerfield gap and by the time he was standing on third, three runs has scored and Falmouth had turned a 4-1 final inning deficit into a 7-4 lead.
Falmouth was playing their 5th game in 3 days; including 2 double headers in that span. The Commodores, who have clinched a playoff spot, improve to 22-18 as they continue to fight for playoff position. The Gatemen (8-30-1) have been eliminated from playoff contention.
Wareham is back in action on Wednesday night as they welcome the Cotuit Kettleers to Spillane Field at 7:00pm.
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