July 20, 2021 8:14 pm | by GatemenNews
After snapping the losing streak in Chatham on Monday night, the Wareham Gatemen (9-12-4) hit the road for the first of a two game set with the Hyannis Harbor Hawks (4-20). The Gatemen came to play for the “Christmas in July” themed matchup, battling through mid-inning Sinatra carols to earn a convincing 12-1 win and move back into a tie for second place in the division.
The Gatemen offense picked up right where they left off one night prior. Tommy Troy (Stanford) led off the second inning with an opposite field solo shot, his second of the CCBL season. Kellum Clark (Mississippi State) and Yohandy Morales (Miami) followed with a single and a double, respectively. The Gatemen then started the carousel, ultimately scoring five runs on four hits while batting around in the inning.
Hyannis’ starting pitcher Daniel Gill (Valdosta State) exited the ballgame after allowing the five-spot in the second. Angus McCloskey (Pace) took the bump in relief, but ran into trouble of his own. He walked the first two batters he faced, before a Jack Brannigan (Notre Dame) single plated another run. McCloskey’s night was over before he recorded an out, but the Gatemen weren’t finished. Base hits from George Washington teammates Anthony Frechette and Cade Fergus plated more runs. When the top of the third inning concluded, Wareham held a comfortable 9-0 lead.
Though Wareham had plenty of run support to work with, their pitchers showed up in a big way. Christian Ruebeck (Oklahoma) got his second start of the year, tossing four innings while striking out three and allowing just a single earned run. Carter Rustad (San Diego) took the reins in the fifth, pounding the strike zone en route to three scoreless frames.
In the top of the seventh, the Gatemen added to their lead. A one out walk to Brannigan lit the flame. Frechette followed with his second of two hits on the night. Cade Fergus ripped an RBI double off the wall in dead center before a Tres Gonzalez (Georgia Tech) ground ball single scored two more. The Gatemen led 12-1 at the stretch.
Right-hander Eli Saul (Sacramento State) came on to pitch the final two innings. He allowed three base runners but kept runs off the board, preserving the lead and sending the Gatemen faithful home happy.
Wareham returns to Hyannis tomorrow in an attempt to win their fifth game against the Harbor Hawks this season. First pitch at McKeon Park is scheduled for 6 PM.