WAREHAM, Mass. With division rivals Bourne and Cotuit playing each other, the door was wide open for Wareham to take over first place, as they played a Saturday doubleheader at home against the Orleans Firebirds.
In game one, Wareham made up ground, but only marginally, as they played Orleans to a 2-2 draw that was cut off after nine innings due to the CCBL’s curfew rule in doubleheaders. Orleans got to Gatemen starter Cole Green (Texas) early, tagging him for four hits in the top of the first inning, thought only one of those four hits left the infield.
GaryBrown (Cal State Fullerton) and Kevin Muno (San Diego) each beat out infield singles, and were sacrificed to second and third by Michael Olt (Connecticut). Steve Selsky (Arizona) laced an RBI single to right, putting Orleans on top 1-0 and placing runners on the corners with only one out. Jeremy Gould (Duke) successfully laid down a bunt in a safety squeeze situation, scoring Muno and putting Orleans up 2-0 after one half inning.
The Gatemen did not wait long to respond, as George Springer (Connecticut) was plunked by Orleans starter Matt Packer (Virginia) to begin the bottom of the second. After Zach Wilson (Arizona State) sacrificed Springer to second, Connor Rowe (Texas) crushed his second home run of the year into the left field bleachers, knotting the game at 2-2.
Green settled down after his shaky first inning, and though he allowed eight hits, he gave up only two runs and struck out 10. Jordan Swagerty (Arizona State) pitched the eighth and ninth innings to preserve the tie.
The Gatemen got the leadoff runner on in each of the last four innings they played, but Wareham was unable to break the 2-2 tie as Tommy Kahnle (Lynn) and Matt Heiserman (San Francisco) pitched scoreless relief.