July 21, 2022 11:55 pm | by Samantha Santos
In true Wareham-Bourne fashion, the two westernmost teams in the CCBL battled it out on Thursday night in their second to last meeting of the season at Doran Park in Bourne.
The Braves took an early 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning. Christopher Brito (Rutgers) hit a leadoff double to get things started for Bourne. Wyatt Henseler (Pennsylvania) came through with a two-out single to drive in Brito.
The Braves extended their lead in the 4th inning. Christopher Brito would strike again and be driven in for the Bravos by Carson Jones (Virginia Tech) after his leadoff single.
Wareham would put up a fight, however. Deric Fabian (Florida) roped a leadoff single to right-center field to begin the Gatemen’s rally in the top of the 5th. He’d steal second base, his second stolen bag of the season. Ryan Campos (Arizona St) reached third on an error and made it to third base, bringing Fabian home for the Gatemen’s first run of the season. It wouldn’t stop there, though. Max Anderson (Nebraska) worked a one-out walk.
The action continued as Owen Diodati (Oregon) came to the plate. On a wild pitch during Diodati’s at-bat, Ryan Campos would come home to tie up the ball game. Bourne’s coach disagreed with the umpire’s call, and gameplay halted for over five minutes as all three umpires conferred with each other. Ultimately, the call stood and the Gatemen’s go-ahead run was now in scoring position as well. Diodati worked a one-out walk as well and got on the basepath.
The offense continued as Chase Davis (Arizona) came through for Wareham with an RBI single to drive in Anderson after he had stolen third base to get within 90 feet of a Gatemen lead. The Gatemen took that lead and held firm against the Bravos 3-2.
Wareham’s good luck ran out quickly, unfortunately. Will Kroger III (Louisville) came in for the 5th inning and had a quick 1-2-3 inning. He would not repeat that when he came back out for a 2nd inning of work. He would not record a single out in the 6th as he would give up a base hit and two walks to load the bases. Disaster struck when he walked another to tie up the game. Things went from bad to worse as he then hit a batter to give Bourne the lead 4-3.
The three-run 5th would be the only runs scored for the night and the bats went cold following the lively half an inning.
Bourne would bring in another pair of runs in the 7th to stand at a 6-3 lead. This would be the final score as the Gatemen fall yet again, having not won a game since July 10.
Wareham will travel to Y-D tomorrow to take on the Sox at Red Wilson Field at 5:00pm.