July 27, 2021 12:34 am | by GatemenNews
In the home stretch of their 2021 CCBL season, the Wareham Gatemen (11-14-5) hit the road to take on the YD Red Sox (11-12-7). The Gatemen, in the heat of a battle for the second playoff spot in the west division, rolled to a 12-2 win and claimed the season series over the Red Sox.
Wareham was all over YD starting pitcher Luis Ramirez (Long Beach State) from the get-go. Tres Gonzalez (Georgia Tech), began the night with a leadoff single. An overthrown pickoff attempt later in the inning escaped the field of play, allowing Gonzalez to trot home from third and giving the Gatemen a 1-0 lead.
The Gatemen hitters did not wait much longer to deliver a knockout blow. With one out and the bases loaded, Kamren James (Mississippi State) launched a grand slam to left-center field for his second CCBL home run. James delivered four of the five RBI in the inning, and the Gatemen took to the bottom of the third ahead 6-0.
In the fourth inning, the Gatemen padded the lead while hardly swinging the bat. Tres Gonzalez singled to lead things off, his third of four hits on the night. A walk to Tommy Troy (Stanford) followed, then both Owen Diodati (Alabama) and Jimmy Crooks (Oklahoma) were hit by pitches to force in a run. A Kellum Clark (Mississippi State) base hit plated another, and two wild pitches kept the train rolling. Wareham led 10-0 after the fourth, with just five hits to that point.
Though he went to work with plenty of run support, Wareham starting pitcher Adam Mazur (Iowa) did not appear to need any help. He continued his red-hot CCBL season, tossing five scoreless innings, striking out five and allowing just two hits. He was relieved by Ethan Chenault (UNC-Wilmington), who allowed solo home runs to Brooks Lee (Cal Poly) and Cade Hunter (Virginia Tech).
With daylight quickly fading, the Gatemen were well on their way to a victory at Red Wilson Field. Wareham’s Jim Jarvis (Alabama) had saved room for one more highlight. Known as an excellent contact hitter, Jarvis showcased some pop for the first time this season with a home run to right field. The two-run blast, Jarvis’ first of the Cape League season, garnered the excitement of the entire dugout and extended the Gatemen’s lead.
The game was called after seven innings due to darkness, Wareham winning by a score of 12-2. The Gatemen will go back to work against Chatham tomorrow night at Spillane Field. First pitch is set for 6:45 PM.