July 16, 2022 11:08 pm | by Samantha Santos
The Gatemen traveled to Guv Fuller Field tonight to take on the Falmouth Commodores for the final time this season. The teams were tied with two wins each going into the final game of the season series. Ties would be the theme of the night as the Gatemen and Commodores ended in a 4-4 tie to tie in the season series.
The game started quietly with two walks and one hit between both teams to begin the first two innings of the game. Tides began to turn as a productive 3rd inning came for Falmouth. Between a leadoff single, back to back doubles, a hit by pitch and another single, the Commodores tallied three runs in the home half of the inning. Gatemen starting pitcher Jack Sokol (Pittsburgh) was met at the mound by manager Harvey Shapiro who would end the righty’s night after 2.2 innings.
Wareham’s first hit of the night came in catcher Ryan Campos’ (Arizona St) one-out single in the top of the fourth. Campos would be left on the base path and the Gatemen would remain scoreless through four.
Things began to turn around for Wareham in the 6th inning. Catcher Devin Burkes (Kentucky) had a leadoff walk to begin the inning. Chase Davis (Arizona) then hit a single to center field to get on base. Max Anderson (Nebraska) flew out to centerfield to advance Burkes to third base, putting runners on the corners. The bases would be loaded as Campos reached base on a walk of his own. Two runs scored on a throwing error by the Commodores third basemen.
The next inning saw Falmouth increase its lead by a Peyton Stovall (Arkansas Fayetteville) solo shot to right center field, giving the Commodores a 4-2 lead.
The Gatemen had a few more baserunners throughout the night, but the 4-2 score would stand going into the 9th. Blake Wright (Clemson) has a leadoff base hit to get things brewing for Wareham. When Owen Diodati came in to pinch hit and hit a two-run shot to right field to tie up the ballgame. Devin Burkes kept it going with a base hit to shallow left field. Chase Davis took ball four as Max Anderson came up with only one-out. Both runners advanced on a passed ball, bringing the go-ahead run to third base. Ryan Campos got inside the batter’s box with two outs, looking to do some damage. Instead, both runners would be left stranded as Campos grounded out to end the top half.
Niko Mazza (Southern Mississippi) looked to keep the game a tie going into the home half of the 9th. He struck out Falmouth leadoff hitter Alex Mooney (Duke), which was followed by a flyout by Colby Halter (Florida). Stovall had his third hit of the night to be the first Commodore on the base path in the 9th. Andrew Pinkney (Alabama Tuscaloosa) would ground out to end the night.
With the final score in a 4-4 tie, Wareham and Falmouth remain fourth and fifth in the West Division respectively.
The Gatemen take on the Orleans Firebirds at home tomorrow night at Spillane Field. Due to the ongoing issues with the field lights, first pitch has been moved up to 5:00pm.