WAREHAM, MA: – A week ago, a late lead was no sure thing for the Wareham Gatemen bullpen to hold. A week later, it was business as usual for another Gatemen reliever.
Kenneth Ferrer (Elon) induced a game-ending double play in the top of the ninth inning, after the Gatemen (8-13-1) rallied from down four runs to defeat the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox 6-5 at Spillane Field.
Ferrer entered the game having yielded just one earned run in his last 6.2 innings of work, but found himself in dire straits after walking three straight batters after striking out Matt Vinson to start the inning. But with the bases juiced, Ferrer got Joe Panik to ground one to Anthony Toth (Michigan) at short, who flicked it to Adam McClain (Memphis), who quickly turned and fired to first to end the ballgame and extend Wareham unbeatens streak to five.
Ferrer’s effort, along with another big inning from the Gatemen offense, allowed Jack Armstrong (Vanderbilt) to pick up his second win of the season. Armstrong (2-2) threw eight strong innings, and was more effective as the game progressed, striking out eight and walking four while scattering seven hits and keeping the Red Sox off the board from the fourth inning on.
After falling behind 5-2, Max Muncy (Baylor) turned on a fastball from reliever Tanner Poppe and lined it into the right field corner, resulting in a bases-clearing triple to tie the game. Wareham took the lead for good in the bottom of the eighth after Nico Rosthenhausler (Oklahoma State) scored on a wild pitch from reliever Scott Snodgress, who picked up the loss.
Armstrong struggled off the bat, yielding three Y-D runs in the top of the first inning off of four hits. Tyler Hanover doubled home Caleb Ramsey, and two batters later Jordan Ribera plated Hanover on a sacrifice fly. Danny Muno drove in the third with a single to score Panik, putting the Red Sox in prime position to take the season series from the Gatemen, who had lost the previous two contests against Y-D this season and were just 1-8 against Eastern Division foes coming into the game.
Wareham got a run back in the bottom of the first after Muncy drove in his first of four runs of the game on a fielder’s choice to score Jonathan Smith (Tenn.-Wesleyan), but in the top of the third, Matt Watson drilled a two-run home run to right center to put Y-D on top 5-1. Smith drove in an unearned run in the bottom half of the inning to cut the lead to three, setting the stage for Muncy’s heroics in the fifth.
Wareham travels to Stony Brook on Saturday afternoon, where the Gatemen will look to stay unbeaten against the league’s best team in Brewster. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.