HYANNIS, MA: For the fifth time in six losses this season, the Gatemen surrendered at least three runs in an inning. Just one night after Harwich exploded for three runs against Wareham in the first, Hyannis put a four-spot on the board in the bottom of the first en route to a 4-3 win over the Gatemen at McKeon Park in Hyannis on Thursday night.
Wareham fell to 1-6 while the Harbor Hawks broke a short two-game losing streak and improved to 4-2.
Wareham left-hander Fred Shepard (Amherst) got the start and walked leadoff hitter and Hyannis center fielder Landon Curry (Indiana State). Two batters later catcher Jake Hernandez (USC) drove Curry home with an RBI single. Designated hitter Brian Anderson (Arkansas) then walked and fellow Razorback and Harbor Hawk Tyler Spoon followed with a single. Left fielder Dominic Jose (Stanford) then hit a ball to the hole at short and it got through into the outfield, scoring Hernandez and Anderson.
Spoon then came around to score and before the Gatemen could blink, they found themselves down 4-0. Shepard settled down and was in control for the rest of his outing; the lefty went seven innings and allowed no more runs while surrendering just four additional hits.
The Gatemen broke through in the third frame for a run when shortstop Mikey White (Alabama) ripped an RBI single to center field to score left fielder Bradley Roney (Southern Miss.). But Hyannis starter Austin Pettibone (UC-Santa Barbara) and relief pitcher Sarkis Ohanian (Duke) held Wareham in check through seven stanzas.
With one out in the eighth inning, Gatemen center fielder Adam Toth (Baylor) beat out a bunt for base hit and White singled. After catcher Matt Walsh (Franklin Pierce) flew out to center field, third baseman Willie Schwanke (Arkansas) singled to first and Toth came around to score on a throwing error, cutting the Hyannis lead to 4-2.
The Gatemen tried to stir up more late-inning magic in the ninth. Second baseman Ethan Gross (Memphis) was hit by a pitch to begin the inning, and after the next two batters were retired, Roney lined a single up the middle to score Gross and make it 4-3. With Roney at first and two outs, Toth popped out to third to end the game.
Wareham outhit Hyannis 10-6 and received strong pitching performances from Shepard and right-hander Chris Huffman (James Madison), who tossed a scoreless, economical eighth inning.
But as Wareham manager Cooper Farris said afterward, the Gatemen simply couldn’t get the big hit when it mattered most.
The Gatemen are back in action Friday when they welcome the Falmouth Commodores to Spillane Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
As always, you can watch the live stream of the game by accessing our “Gatemen Pressbox” page. The pre-game show begins around 6:40 p.m.