HYANNIS, MA: Despite a strong outing from Max Perlman (Harvard) in his first start for the Gatemen since 2008, the bullpen was not able to hold on to a 3-0 lead, and Wareham was defeated by Hyannis 4-2 at McKeon Park.
Coming off a win in their home opener, the Gatemen engaged in a pitcher’s duel between Perlman and the Harbor Hawks’ Brian Dupra (Notre Dame). With the game still scoreless, Hyannis righthander Drew Verhagen (Oklahoma) relieved Dupra in the top of the sixth. Anthony Toth (Michigan) led off the inning with an infield single. After LJ Mazzilli (UConn) struck out, Jonathan Smith (Tenn-Wesleyan) was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second against Verhagen. With George Springer (UConn) at the plate, Toth was caught stealing, but Verhagen threw two wild pitches to advance Smith to third. Springer was also hit by a pitch, as Verhagen continued to struggle with his control. Hyannis catcher Dane Phillips (Oklahoma State) had trouble handling a pitch to Max Muncy (Baylor), and Smith raced down the third base line to score the first run of the game.
Although Verhagen was able to get out of the sixth just down 1-0, Tyler Bream (Liberty) opened up the seventh with a double to right center and moved over to third during a Tony Caldwell (Auburn) groundout. Josh Ludy (Baylor) then doubled to score Bream and give Wareham the 2-0 lead.
Joe DiRocco, who started in all of his appearances this season for Seton Hall, came in relief for Perlman in the bottom of the eighth. The 6-7 righthander tossed seven scoreless innings, giving up six hits and a walk and struck out three.
After DiRocco pitched a scoreless eighth, Wareham tacked on another run when Ludy’s sacrifice fly off of Hyannis reliever Matt Dermody (Iowa) scored Bream.
DiRocco had a three run cushion heading into the bottom of the ninth, looking to secure the shutout and the victory with a save for the Gatemen. However, the Harbor Hawks refused to quit, and scored three runs including a Casey McElroy (Auburn) two-run homer, to send the game into extra innings.
Wareham threatened in the top of the tenth, after a Max Muncy walk loaded the bases with only one out. Hyannis turned to reliever Tyler Mizenko (Winthrop), who struck out Bream and Caldwell to leave the bases loaded and squander a prime opportunity for the Gatemen.
Field Manager Cooper Ferris turned to another non-roster invitee on the mound in the bottom of the tenth, reliever Matthew Young (UMass-Boston). With runners at first and third, Jason Nappi (Harding) hit a sacrfice fly to score the winning run for the Harbor Hawks and give them a 4-3 victory over the Gatemen.
Wareham will look for its first road win Wednesday night at Bourne, with first pitch set for 6 p.m.