Wareham Outlasts Chatham in Back and Forth Contest

CHATHAM, MA: In a game that lasted three hours and forty-three minutes Monday night at Veterans Field, the Gatemen came out with the win over the Chatham Anglers by a score of 10-6 behind 3 RBI’s from Daniel Palka (Georgia Tech). The win was the second for the Gatemen in their last 3 contests and improves them to 12-15 on the year.

Fred Shepard (Amherst College) started the gamefor the Gatemen and gave up four runs in the first inning including a solo home run by Chad Morgan (Virginia Tech) and a bases clearing 3 RBI double from Alex Calbick (Maine).

Facing a 4-0 hole, the Gatemen started to chipaway at the lead in the second when Claude Johnson (Arkansas St.) launched his first homer of the season to left field to score him and Palka and cut the lead in half. Wareham then scored again in the next inning when Cole Sturgeon (Louisville) made his way home on a passed ball after the leading off the inning with a double.

The Gatemen eventually took the lead for thefirst time in the ballgame in a two-run fifth inning. Mott Hyde (Georgia Tech) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and scored Logan Uxa (Arkansas St.). Then Chatham reliever Tate Parrish (North Carolina) balked Cole Sturgeon home after he had thrown just one pitch. Heading into the home half of the fifth, for the first time the Anglers trailed and it was by a score of 5 to 4.

Just as quickly as they got the lead, the Gatemengave it up. Wareham reliever Clay Chapman (Florida Southern) put Mike Fransoso (Maine) on second and got the hook in the inning in favor of Nick Rumbelow (LSU). Fransoso stole third and then after Rumbelow walked Dale Carey (Miami), Carey took second to put two runners in scoring position for Alex Calbick. The first inning slugger added two more RBI’s to his repertoire by singling home both base runners and giving Chatham the 6-5 lead.

However, the Gatemen bats never quit. After ascoreless sixth, Daniel Palka stepped up to the plate in the seventh with the bases loaded and two outs. In the pressure situation, the Georgia Tech slugger singled to the outfield and scored two runs giving Wareham a one-run lead once again. The hit proved to be the biggest of the night, because Chatham failed to score again.

The Anglers gave up three more runs in the ninth to the Gatemen. First Kyle Schwarber (Indiana) added some insurance by hitting a two-run homer to centerfield. Then after Tyler Horan (Virginia Tech) struck out, Palka blasted a solo shot of his own to deep right. The homer was his eighth of the season, putting him in a first place tie for the league lead with Harwich sluggers Phillip Ervin and Eric Jagielo.

Nick Rumbelow got the win for the Gatemen whileTate Parrish was saddled with the loss for Chatham. Wareham has an off day Tuesday and is back in action at Hyannis on Wednesday when Kendall Gravemen (Mississippi State) is scheduled to start. First pitch is set for 7 PM at Spillane Field.

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