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Gatemen Blow Out Harbor Hawks 12-1

By Barrett Hodgson

The Hyannis Harbor Hawks visited Spillane Field on Sunday night July 11th to take on the Wareham Gatemen. Wareham entered the game 6-6-4 and got over .500 for the first time this season with the 12-1 victory. 

The Gatemen scored first, plating two in the bottom of the 3rd. Jack Brannigan (Notre Dame) led off the inning with a bunt single down the 3rd base line. Jim Jarvis (Alabama) followed with a single to right that Brannigan tried to go from 1st to 3rd on. The throw from the outfield got away from the third baseman and Brannigan ended up scoring from first on the error with Jarvis advancing to 2nd. Jarvis then advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch with Tommy Troy (Stanford) stepping up. Troy laced an RBI single to left to score Jarvis and give Wareham the 2-0 lead. 

Wareham tacked on another run in the 5th to grow the lead. Troy started the inning off with a lead off walk. Tres Gonzalez (Georgia Tech) swapped with him at 1st when he grounded into a fielder’s choice that left Troy out at 2nd. Yohandy Morales (Miami) then stepped in and ripped a single to left that he tried stretching into a double but was thrown out. Gonzalez advanced to 3rd on the hit and Owen Diodati (Alabama) followed up with a walk to put runners on 1st and 3rd. Diodati stole 2nd and Gonzalez swiped home with a delayed steal on the throw down to give the Gatemen a 3-0 advantage. 

The Gatemen’s starting pitcher was great tonight in his five innings of work. Adam Mazur (South Dakota State) was excellent with his control, walking zero and striking out six. Out of his 58 pitches, just 13 pitches resulted in balls as he was consistently attacking the zone to put him in line for the win.

The game got ugly in the 6th for Hyannis when Wareham exploded with a six run inning. Kade Kern (Ohio State) started the inning off with a bunt single. Brannigan then singled with one out and advanced to 2nd on a throw into 3rd base. This put runners on 2nd and 3rd for Jarvis who crushed a two RBI triple to center. Troy kept the line moving with an RBI single to left. Troy stole 2nd during Gonzalez’s at bat that ended in an RBI double. Morales walked and Gonzalez ended up on 3rd via wild pitch to put runners on 1st and 3rd for Diodati who hit a sac fly. Kellum Clark (Mississippi State) doubled to center that scored Morales from first. Wareham batted around the order, finishing the inning with 11 total batters coming to the plate and extended the lead to 9-0. 

Two more runs crossed the plate in the 7th for Wareham. Brannigan led off the inning with a single to left center. He advanced to 2nd base when Troy drew a walk to put runners on 1st and 2nd. Gonzalez singled to give him three RBI’s on the night. This put Troy on 3rd and allowed him to score on a pass ball making it 11-0. 

The Harbor Hawks finally got on the board in the 8th with help from some walks. Dylan Post (Houston) drew a leadoff walk with no outs. The nine hitter struck out and the top of the order came up for Hyannis. Caden Rose (Alabama) also drew a walk, putting runners on 1st and 2nd. A wild pitch allowed the runners to advance to 2nd and 3rd. The Hyannis run was scored on a pass ball in which Post took home on to make the score 11-1. 

Clark led off the 8th for Wareham by getting hit by a pitch. Kern and Brannigan each drew walks to load the bases for Jarvis. Jarvis grounded into a fielder’s choice which scored Clark giving him a three RBI day and gave the Gatemen a 12-1 lead.

Wareham will be taking on their division rivals Cotuit on July 12th at Spillane Field in their next game. Both teams are fighting for the 2nd spot in the division (top two in each division make the playoffs) in a game that will be played on NESN at 7 PM.