YARMOUTH, MA: The Gatemen got off to a hot start on Saturday night at Red Wilson field in Yarmouth. But like the weather on the Cape this weekend, their bats soon went cold.
Ty McFarland (James Madison) got Wareham on the board in the top of the 1st inning with a solo home run, but it would be the only run the Gatemen scored all night. The Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox scored the next 12 runs and went on to blow out the Gatemen and silence the Wareham bats.
Dan Tobik (Tennessee-Martin) got his first loss of the season for the Gatemen. He was pulled in the 5th inning for Ryan Milewski (South Carolina-Aiken), who subsequently gave up 3-run homer to Y-D slugger Robert Pehl (Washington). Only one of the runs that came home on that Pehl slam was charged to Tobik.
Tobik ended the night with four and two-thirds innings pitched, giving up eight hits and six earned, while striking out six Red Sox batters.
The Red Sox plated a total of 5 runs in the ill-fated 5th for Y-D. On top of the Pehl three-run shot, Mason Katz (LSU) also hit a solo home run for the Red Sox to lead off the inning off of Tobik.
The game took a wild twist in the bottom of the 7th inning when the umpires temporarily delayed the game for high-speed wins. On a day that started with temperatures near eighty-five degrees, the air rapidly decreased in temperature over the course of the 7th inning as gray clouds approached Red Wilson Field. With only a few raindrops eventually falling, the field umpires soon called both the Gatemen and Red Sox back onto the field after a 20-minute delay.
Luke Farrell (Northwestern) resumed the bottom of the 7th on the hill in relief for Wareham. He gave up 4 runs in the 7th.
Other than McFarland’s solo home run, the Gatemen offense only managed four more hits in the game. Kyle Schwarber (Indiana) was one of the lone highlights for Wareham outside of McFarland’s homer. The Hoosier left fielder managed 2 hits in 4 at-bats against the Yarmouth-Dennis pitching staff.
With the loss, the Gatemen fall to 4-5. Outside of the miraculous extra innings win against Falmouth on Friday, the Gatemen have struggled in their last 5 games. This loss to the Red Sox marks their 4th loss in 5 games.
Wareham welcomes the 1st place Orleans Firebirds to Spillane Field Sunday night. The Firebirds sit atop both the Eastern Division and the Cape League at 8-1 and have won six straight games. Fred Shepard (Amherst College) will get his second start of the season for the Gatemen.