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Gatemen Spoil Commodores Playoff Hopes

By Barrett Hodgson

The Falmouth Commodores visited Spillane Field on Monday, August 2nd to take on the Wareham Gatemen. The Gatemen put an end to the Commodores playoff hopes after defeating them 7-4. 

Wareham got the scoring started in the bottom half of the 3rd inning. A bloop single by the Gatemen catcher Anthony Frechette (George Washington) with one out got things going for the bats. His college teammate Cade Fergus (George Washington) stepped up and launched a two run home run over the left field wall to give Wareham a 2-0 lead. 

The Gatemen produced another run in the 4th. Tommy Troy (Stanford) started off the inning with a lead off single to right. He advanced to 3rd on an Owen Diodati (Alabama) double down the right field line. Troy then scored on a Kamren James (Mississippi State) ground out to short, making the lead 3-0.

The bats stayed alive in the 5th for the Gatemen. Fergus led off the inning with a single that gave him his second hit of the night. Jim Jarvis (Alabama) then crushed a two run homer over the right field wall. Troy then stepped in and unloaded on a pitch that ended up in the parking lot. This was the 2nd time this season that the Gatemen went back to back and gave them a 6-0 lead. 

Falmouth broke through in the top of the 6th. Casey Harford (Tennessee Martin) reached on a triple that the Gatemen left fielder lost in the sky. He was then singled in by Jace Bohrofen (Oklahoma). Kristofer Armstrong (Florida) then singled to keep the line moving. Anthony Hall (Oregon) roped an RBI double that put runners on 2nd and 3rd. A sacrifice fly by Michael Curialle (UCLA) scored another run and moved Hall over to 3rd. Michael Handal (Fairfield) then laced an RBI single of his own which cut the Gatemen lead to 6-4.

Wareham tacked on a big insurance run in the bottom half of the 7th. Tres Gonzalez (Georgia Tech) led off the inning with a walk and then advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch. Jarvis then laid down a beautiful bunt single that put runners on 1st and 3rd. A ground ball to shortstop by Troy scored Gonzalez, gave Troy his second RBI of the night, and extended the Gatemen lead to 7-4. 

Adam Mazur (Iowa) started the game for the Gatemen and was absolutely dominant through five. He ran into some trouble in the sixth and was relieved by Carter Rustad (San Diego). Mazur got the win but Rustad got the save in his three of two thirds innings of work, He struck out seven and allowed just two hits. 

The Gatemen will look to win their 3rd straight at Guv Fuller Field when they visit Falmouth on Tuesday, August 3rd.