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Great Pitching and Timely Hitting Lead to Gatemen’s First Win

By Barrett Hodgson

The Y-D Red Sox visited the Wareham Gatemen at Spillane field on Wednesday night. Wareham came out victorious winning 7-1 behind stellar pitching and timely hitting. 

The Gatemen got the scoring started in the bottom of the 1st against right hander Adam Maier (British Columbia). Jim Jarvis (Alabama) stepped up and hit a leadoff single right up the middle. He then advanced to 2nd on a hit-and-run before stealing 3rd base. His college teammate Owen Diodati (Alabama) singled him in to give Wareham a 1-0 lead. 

After a quiet 2nd inning from both sides, Wareham struck again in the 3rd. Jarvis once again led off the inning and reached 1st on an error by the second baseman. Tres Gonzalez (Georgia Tech) followed with a no-out walk to bring up Diodati with runners on 1st and 2nd. The Alabama product delivered again, launching a 3-Run Home Run on a hanging breaking ball from Maier. 

Gatemen starter Ian Villers (California Berkeley) exited the game after four no run innings. The starter gave up mostly soft contact and pounded the strike zone against the Y-D Red Sox. Villers struck out two and walked zero across his four innings of work before turning the ball over to teammate Bradley Brehmer (Wright State). 

After 1-2-3 innings by both teams in the 4th and 5th, the Gatemen tacked on two more runs. Justin Williams (Penn State) and Ted Burton (Michigan) each singled to start off the bottom half of the 6th against Y-D reliever Sam Beck (San Francisco). Beck only lasted a third of an inning before handing the ball off to Ross Dunn (Florida State). Dunn got an out, then surrendered a two RBI single to Wareham’s Kade Kern (Ohio State) to extend the lead to 6-0. 

The Gatemen put the game away in the bottom of the 8th scoring another run to push their lead to 7-0. Jimmy Crooks (Oklahoma) walked with one out and advanced to second on a hit-by-pitch. Kern came up and delivered another single that drove in Crooks, giving him three RBIs on the day. 

Wareham had four players stand out on the diamond against Y-D. Diodati went 2-4 with a single, home run, and four RBIs, while Kern also went 2-4 with two singles and three RBIs. As for the pitching side of things Villers was stellar going four strong innings giving up zero runs. Brehmer dazzled in his cape league debut across four innings, striking out seven while only allowing one hit. “I had my full mix going tonight” said Brehmer after the game, “when I have my full mix going I feel pretty good”.  

With their first win the Gatemen jump to 1-2 and will look to keep things rolling Friday night at home against the Orleans Firebirds.