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Brewster Steals Game From Gatemen in the 8th

By Barrett Hodgson

The Brewster Whitecaps visited the Wareham Gatemen on July 28th looking to extend their lead in the east division. They did just that with a shocking comeback win. The Whitecaps won 5-3 behind a massive Gatemen collapse.

Wareham took the lead in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Cade Fergus (George Washington) led off the inning and walked to turn the lineup over to the top. Tres Gonzalez (Georgia Tech) then singled and put runners on 1st and 2nd. The next batter Jim Jarvis (Alabama) was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. A single to left by Tommy Troy (Stanford) was good for two RBIs and a 2-0 Gatemen lead. 

Brewster was held scoreless through the first four innings thanks to Gatemen starter Blake Sodersten (Cal St Northbridge). Sodersten went four innings and allowed just two hits. He walked two batters and struck out six before exiting the game and handing the ball over to the bullpen.

The Gatemen tacked on what seemed like a valuable insurance run in the bottom half of the 7th inning. Jack Brannigan (Notre Dame) led off the inning with a broken bat double down the 3rd base line. He advanced to 3rd on an infield single by Gonzalez putting runners on 1st and 3rd. Jarvis then stepped up and popped into an RBI 9-6 fielder’s choice. The funky play allowed Brannigan to score and extended the lead to 3-0. 

The Whitecaps stole the game from the Gatemen during the top of the 8th. Tony Bullard (Arizona) led off the inning with a single and Jake Thompson (Oklahoma State) stepped in. He had a base knock of his own before Will Simpson (Washington) walked, loading the bases. Chad Castillo (Cal Baptist) then ripped a two RBI single in between 1st and 2nd. This put runners on 1st and 3rd with Brewster trailing by just one run. Kurtis Byrne (TCU) then delivered an RBI single of his own, tying the game. An attempted sac bunt by Nick Biddison (Virginia Tech) ended up in a throwing error that scored both runners on base and left Biddison on 3rd. This put the Whitecaps up 5-3 in a stunning turn of events in the 8th.

Brewster reliever Hunter Owen (Vanderbilt) was credited with the win behind his three innings of work. Gatemen reliever Hunter Schilperoort (Pacific) took the loss. Michael Prosecky (Louisville) came in and locked down the save to help Brewster advance to 19-9-3. 

The Gatemen play next on Friday, July 30th at Lowell Park against division rival Cotuit. Wareham desperately needs the win to stay in the playoff race.