SOUTH YARMOUTH, MA: – Trailing 1-0 and 3-2, the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox staged two comebacks and held on late to defeat the Wareham Gatemen 5-3 at Red Wilson Field.
The Red Sox (5-3) used a three-run seventh inning to outdo the Gatemen (3-5) and starter Max Perlman (Harvard). The Longwood, Fla., native was solid through his first six innings of work, and was in line for the win when he departed the game in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Wareham’s bullpen could not hold the lead.
With runners at first and second and two outs, right-handed reliever Ken Ferrer (Elon) gave up a base hit to Y-D leadoff hitter Caleb Ramsey, scoring Matt Jensen from second to tie the game and allowing Matt Watson to advance to third. Field manager Cooper Farris then went to left-handed Andrew McKirahan (Texas) for the lefty-lefty matchup against Joe Panik.
That move wound up backfiring.
After a wild pitch allowed Watson to score from third, Panik connected with a double to drive in Ramsey and cap Y-D’s three-run seventh inning and put the Red Sox ahead for good.
Y-D’s rally kept its lefty ace Brett Mooneyham off the hook. The Atwater, Calif., native was equally strong through seven innings, striking out six and walking one while allowing three runs on six hits. Matt Iannazzo came on to pick up the win in the eighth inning, and Ronnie Shaban shut the door in the ninth for the save.
Perlman was charged with the loss despite going 6.2 innings and striking out six while walking only two and allowing five hits, but the two base runners he was responsible for when he left the game wound up being the difference and foiled Wareham’s own comeback.
In the top of the seventh, Wareham used a two-run inning to retake the lead after falling behind 2-1. Alex Dickerson (Indiana), who had already driven in a run in the top of the first, connected with his second hit of the day to lead off the inning. After Chris Walker (Fordham) walked and Jerrud Sabourin sacrificed the pair with a bunt, Tyler Bream (Liberty) connected with a double to deep center field to put the Gatemen on top.
But Wareham would only reach base twice for the rest of the game, and neither base runner would make it farther than first.
The Gatemen started things off in the first after George Springer (Connecticut) reached on a base hit to left and moved to third on an error during a pickoff attempt. In his first at-bat of the season, Dickerson proceeded to drive in Springer, handing Wareham the early 1-0 lead.
After cruising through the first four innings, Perlman finally ran into trouble in the bottom of the fifth. Jensen doubled to left center with one out, and moved to third on a base hit by Dust\y Robinson. Watson singled to score Y-D’s first run of the game, and an error allowed him to reach second and pushed Robinson to third. Ramsey then used a suicide squeeze bunt to sacrifice a run home, and put the Red Sox on top.
Wareham could not figure out Iannazzo, who only yielded a walk and a leadoff base hit in the top of the ninth after Joseph Flynn (Franklin Pierce) kept Y-D scoreless in the eighth. That led to field manager Scott Pickler’s decision to turn to Shaban, who also drew a walk in four at-bats as Y-D’s designated hitter. After striking out Sabourin, Bream hit into an unassisted double play to end the game.
Wareham looks to rebound tomorrow night against Bourne at Spillane Field. Eric Pfisterer (Duke) will be going for his second win of the season and against the Braves. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m.