WAREHAM, MA: The Gatemen won their first game of the 2013 summer behind an impressive performance by right-handed starting pitcher Kyle Cody (Kentucky).
Cody powered Wareham to a 2-1 victory over the Braves as the Gatemen improved to 1-2 on the young season. The 6-foot-7 Wisconsin native worked six dominant innings in which he surrendered just two hits and two walks, while giving up one unearned run and punching out four Braves.
Cody got off to a slow start, however, as three base runners reached in Bourne’s first inning at the dish. Braves second baseman Trent Gilbert (Arizona) worked a walk and later to came around to score. But from that point on, Cody was dominant. He set down the Braves 1-2-3 in each of the next two innings, before surrendering a leadoff walk in the fourth and following it up with three straight outs.
The Kentucky right-hander then had another 1-2-3 frame in the fifth and got two quick outs in the sixth. But Bourne designated hitter Joey Cujas (VCU) singled, stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. Cody shut the door, though, and induced a groundout to end the inning with the tying run merely 90 feet away.
Gatemen relief pitchers Tucker Simpson (Florida), Ryan Riga (Ohio State) and Chris Huffman (James Madison) finished the job from there, allowing just two singles the rest of the way as Huffman earned the save.
On the offensive side for Wareham, it was nine up and nine down through three innings, but left fielder Tino Lipson (UC-Davis) led off the fourth inning with a single, stole second and reached third on a passed ball before scoring when catcher Matt Walsh (Franklin Pierce) reached on an error.
In the fifth inning, with the score tied 1-1, outfielder Cole Stancil (Saint Leo) came to the dish with two runners aboard and laced an RBI single to right field to score Wareham right fielder Brock Stewart (Illinois State) and give the Gatemen a 2-1 advantage they would not relinquish. The leadoff-hitting Lipson was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and the run scored, and each of the 7-8-9 trio of Stewart, catcher C.J. Saylor (San Diego State) and Stancil had singles as well.
Cody earned his first win of the summer and Huffman was credited with the save.
The Gatemen face Bourne again July 3rd.