June 20, 2021 10:04 pm | by GatemenNews
By Owen Sughrue
The Gatemen got their 2021 season underway against the Cotuit Kettleers during a beautiful opening night at Lowell Park. Nick Clayton, the right-hander from Clemson, started on the mound for the Gatemen. The second baseman for Cotuit, Eric Brown, started the scoring off in the bottom of the second inning with a home run to give the Kettleers a 3-0 lead, scoring RJ Schreck and Ben Rice.
After reaching on an error in the first inning, left fielder Owen Diodati of the University of Alabama hit a 2-run home run in the third inning to cut the deficit to 1. The Kettleers added 2 more runs in the bottom half of the 4th inning to go up 5-2. After 3 and 2/3 innings for Nick Clayton, Kohl Simas of San Diego State came on the mound to follow. A double from Owen Diodati in the 5th inning scored Jim Jarvis of Alabama who also reached on a double earlier in the inning, making the score 5-3.
During Ben Rice’s 8th inning at-bat for Cotuit, Cole Cummings and Dylan Beavers scored on passed balls and Rice notched a single, which scored Brooks Baldwin. After 8, Cotuit led 8-3. Ted Burton and Cody Jefferis scored for the Gatemen in the top of the ninth inning, but the Gatemen were unable to tie the game and force extra innings. The opener of the 2021 Gatemen season came to a close with Kettleers first baseman Blake Klassen throwing to Ben Rice for the game-ending double play, leading to a final score of 8-5 in favor of Cotuit. The Gatemen have their home opener tomorrow at Spillane Field at 6:45 versus the Falmouth Commodores.