WAREHAM, MA: – The Gatemen (6-13, fifth in west) swept a home and home with the Braves (10-10, first in west), defeating Bourne 8-6 Monday at Spillane Field. It was Wareham’s first home victory since Opening Night against Cotuit.
Following a 15-4 thrashing of the Braves at Doran Park Sunday, the Gatemen offense wasted no time getting on the board. With Jonathan Smith (Tennessee-Wesleyan) at first base with two outs in the first, Chris Walker (Fordham) reached base on a throwing error by Tommy LaStella (Coastal Carolina) which drove in Smith for the first run of the game.
Wareham starter Eric Pfisterer was able to get out of jams in the first three innings unscathed, but
served up a solo homer to Jason Coats (Texas Christian) in the fourth to tie the game at 1-1.
Then after retiring his first two batters in the fifth, Pfisterer ran into some trouble. The Duke righty loaded the bases and then walked LaStella to bring the go-ahead run home for Bourne. Coats followed with a three-RBI double to right center to give the Braves a 5-1 lead.
The Gatemen lineup tied up the game at 5-5 with their own four-run inning in the bottom of the sixth. Jonathan Smith led off with a single, and Zach Wilson (Arizona State) drove him in with a double to right center. Chris Walker (singled to drive in Wilson. With Walker at first, Tyler Bream (Liberty) came to the plate and hit a 2-run bomb over the left field fence. Chance Sossamon (Wichita State) (1-1) then came in for Braves starter Austin Stadler (Wake Forest) and retired the side.
Bourne retook the lead in the top of the seventh through small ball against Devin Burke (Duke) (1-2), on in relief for Pfisterer. Nick Ahmed (Connecticut) bunted for a single, was sacrifice bunted over to second, moved to third on a Burke balk, and scored on a wild pitch.
Wareham responded in the bottom of the frame, with their second consecutive big inning. Chris Walker singled to score Jonathan Smith, who had previously walked and stole second. After Bream singled to put runners at first and second, Bourne replaced Sossamon with R.C. Orlan (North Carolina). Orlan allowed back-to-back walks to Jerrud Sabourin (Indiana) and Derek Dennis (Michigan) to walk in the tying run. Logan Billbrough (William and Marty) came in for Orlan, and walked pinch hitter Max Muncy (Baylor) with the bases load to put Wareham up 8-6.
After a scoreless eighth for Burke, the Gatemen went to Keith Bilodeau (Maine) to close it out in the ninth. Bilodeau gave up a leadoff single but struck out the next two batters. Jonathan Smith then made a spectacular diving catch in right field to end the game and give Wareham the 8-6 victory.
Zach Wilson led the Gatemen with three hits to raise his average to .563 through four games. Tyler Bream had two hits, including a two-run homer, and Jonathan Smith and Chris Walker also added two hits each. Devin Burke gave up a run off of two hits while striking out three in two innings of work for the win.
After an off-day, Wareham looks to build on its home-and-home sweep of Bourne when it travels to Falmouth for its first look at the Commodores this season. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.