July 4, 2021 8:24 pm | by GatemenNews
By Barrett Hodgson
The undefeated Bourne Braves visited Spillane field on Sunday, July 4th to take on the Wareham Gatemen. The top two seeds in the west division faced off for the 2nd time this season and Bourne left victorious once again.
Starting pitching for both teams was very strong on the cool Sunday night. Geoffery Gilbert (Clemson) started the game for the Gatemen. Gilbert went three scoreless innings while striking out six. Gordon Graceffo (Villanova) was dominant for the Braves going five scoreless frames. Graceffo worked ahead in the count all night, and gave up just three hits while striking out four.
Bourne broke the scoreless tie in the top of the 6th, scoring two. Cayden Wallace (Arkansas) ripped a one out single and advanced to 3rd on a Dalton Rushing (Louisville) single. A 3rd straight single by Kyler Fedko (UConn) scored Wallace, while leaving runners on 1st and 2nd. The runners advanced to 2nd and 3rd on a wild pitch while Peter Burns (Boston College) was up. Burns drew a walk to load the bases for Nick Goodwin (Kansas State). Goodwin drew another walk for an RBI to give the Braves a 2-0 lead before Wareham got out of the inning.
The Braves struck again in the top of the 9th, putting the game out of reach. Bourne started the inning off with three straight singles to load the bases by Burns, Goodwin, and Joe Lampe (Arizona State). Wareham then forced a 1-2-3 double play ball to put runners on 2nd and 3rd with two outs. Bourne’s number three hitter Max Anderson (Nebraska) then laced a two RBI double up the middle to make it 4-0.
The relief pitching for the Braves was also exceptional. Trystan Vrieling (Gonzaga) was dealing, facing nine batters, and retiring nine batters. He had four strikeouts across his three innings of work looking unhittable. Eric Adler (Wake Forest) came in for the 9th and struck out two Gatemen batters to give Bourne the win.
Wareham will look to rebound Monday night, July 5th at Harwich.