July 21, 2021 11:23 pm | by GatemenNews
By Jack Sadighian
Luke Mann (Missouri) sent a chopper down the third-base line to walk off in the ninth, and Hyannis rallied past Wareham 5-4 at McKeon Park on Wednesday. The Harbor Hawks scored all five runs in the final three innings.
The Gatemen finished their longest road stretch of the season with two wins and two losses. With 12 games to play, Wareham is tied with Cotuit for second place in the West Division, 9 ½ games back from first place Bourne. The top two teams in the West Division will play a three game series to determine who heads to the CCBL championship.
Wareham jumped in front in the first frame of the game. Tommy Troy (Stanford) beat out a chopper to the right side of the infield to bring in Sean McLain (Arizona State). The Gatemen led 1-0 at the end of five innings.
In the sixth, Troy scored following a leadoff single. The second baseman finished 3-for-4 with a double and RBI. Troy is eight for his last 13 with a home run and three RBI. He holds a .310 batting average on the season.
Things got crazy in the final three innings. Hyannis scored a run in the seventh on a stolen base and throwing error to cut the lead to 2-1. Then, the Harbor Hawks plated three runs off three extra base hits in the eighth to take a 4-2 lead.
In the ninth, Hyannis closer Cooper McKeehan (BYU) struck out the first two hitters. Kade Kern (Ohio State) drew a two-out, two-strike walk. Jim Jarvis (Alabama) then hammered a hooking line drive to center field for a double that scored Kern. Hyannis led 4-3. Tres Gonzalez (Georgia Tech) grounded a ball to right field to score Jarvis and tie the game 4-4.
In the bottom of the ninth, the nine-hole hitter Ryan Romano (Florida State) crushed a ball to the gap in left for a leadoff double. After two straight walks, Mann chopped a ball down the third-base line. Jack Brannigan (Notre Dame) struggled to gather the ball in time, and Romano scored to win the game.
DOMINANCE FROM ADAM MAZUR
Mazur pitched five two-hit, scoreless innings to start the game. The rising sophomore struck out five hitters. He employed a strong fastball, tremendous slider and changeup. The right hander holds a 0.48 ERA on 18 ⅔ innings pitched with 23 strikeouts on the season. Mazur announced his transfer to the University of Iowa on July 15.
FINAL SCORING LINE
Wareham: 4 runs, 9 hits, 1 error
Hyannis: 5 runs, 10 hits, 0 errors
Wareham takes a day off before returning home against Harwich on Friday at 6:45 p.m. The Mariners defeated the Gatemen in both meetings this season.