July 5, 2021 9:06 pm | by GatemenNews
By Owen Sughrue
The Gatemen took on the Harwich Mariners at beautiful Whitehouse Field for their first meeting of the 2021 Cape League season. Christian Ruebeck got the start for Wareham and pitched 2.1 innings, giving up 1 run off of an RBI single for Harwich first baseman Carter Putz that scored Pres Cavanaugh after Cavanaugh’s single to start the bottom of the third, giving the Mariners a 1-0 lead after 3.
After Ruebeck came Elias Saul and Ethan Chenault on the mound for Wareham. After Gatemen pitching struggled giving up four walks in the fourth, the Mariners added three more runs to give Harwich a 4-0 lead. With no runs through five innings, the Gatemen added two in the sixth off of a 2-RBI double from third baseman Justin Williams that scored Owen Diodati and Yohandy Morales.
After reaching to lead off the eighth inning, right fielder Kade Kern scored off of another double from Justin Williams to make the score 4-3. Though Williams reached second and pinch hitter Jim Jarvis reached first after being hit by a pitch, neither was able to score after Kern in the top of the eighth. Harwich first baseman Carter Putz added his third RBI of the night in the bottom of the eighth, leaving the Gatemen trailing 5-3 heading into the top of the ninth.
Off of a great top half of the ninth inning for Mariners pitcher Owen Coady, the Gatemen went 1-2-3, giving Harwich the 5-3 win. Wareham competed against a talented Mariners team, but they fall to 4-6-2 on the season. The Gatemen head to Cotuit tomorrow to take on the 6-6 Kettleers for another key matchup in the West Division.