July 10, 2021 7:18 am | by GatemenNews
By: Harrison Eaton
On Friday, July 9th, the Wareham Gatemen traveled to Chatham to take on the Anglers. The Gatemen’s pitching and offense was dominant through 9 innings, limiting the Anglers to 1 hit and striking out 19 batters but it wasn’t enough to push them past their second straight tie.
Wareham vs Chatham was the only game played due to 4 rainouts across the league due to Tropical Storm Elsa.
Wareham saw a new face on the mound today as Jack Noble (Long Beach State) made his Cape league debut where he went 2.1 innings, 3 runs, 5 SO, and 2 walks which was a good outing for the right handed pitcher.
Wareham drew first blood in the 3rd inning. Jim Jarvis (Alabama) hit a sacrifice groundout to the right side of the infield to score Tres Gonzalez (Georgia Tech) while keeping Cade Fergus (George Washington) in scoring position at second. After Yohandy Morales (Miami) reaches on an error, Week 1 CCBL Player Of The Week, Owen Diodati gets his 13th RBI of the season to put the Gatemen ahead 2-0.
In the Chatham half of the inning came the only hit of the night for the Anglers, and it was all they needed to tie up the Gatemen and earn themselves a point. After 2 walks and an error, Chatham had the bases loaded for Lyle Miller-Green (Chiola/Oklahoma State) who hit his 5th homer of the year to drive in all 4 of Chatham’s runs on a Grand Slam. To go ahead 4-2.
In the 5th inning, what seemed to be a routine fly ball to center off the bat of Cade Fergus (George Washington) got lost in the lights and Fergus was able to stand up on 3rd safely with a lead off triple. The next at bat, Tommy Troy (Stanford) rifled his 3rd triple of the year to right center to score Fergus and make it a 4-3 ball game. Next, Jim Jarvis (Alabama) creates his 2nd Gatemen run of the night off another sacrifice ground out to score Troy from 3rd to tie up the ball game at 4.
After the 5th, it was a pitching duel between the Gatemen and the Anglers. Despite giving up the grand slam to Chatham, Kohl Simas (San Diego State) pitched great. Through 2.2 innings he allowed 1 hit, 1 run, struck out 5, and allowed no walks in his 4th outing of the season. The pitcher of the night for Wareham was Garrett Schmeltz (Louisville). He relieved Simas in the 6th where he was able to go 3.2 innings allowing no runs or hits, while striking out 8 Anglers.
In the 9th the Anglers threatened to break the scoreless tie. Schmeltz (Louisville) was able to retire the first 2 batters he faced but struggled to find the strike zone on the 3rd batter, giving up his only walk of the night. Ethan Chenault (UNC Wilmington) came out of the bull pen to finish things off. After a battle at the plate, Chenault hit the 1st man he faced with a fast ball on an inside pitch to put runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 outs. Chenault was able to bounce back and dominate the next batter to strike him out to clinch 1 point in the standings.
There are no extra innings in the Cape this season, therefore a tie is a tie and each team receives 1 point each.
Wareham ends the night with 4 runs, 8 hits, and 1 error. Chatham finishes with 4 runs, 1 hit, and 2 errors.
Overall, the Gatemen played great baseball from start to finish. Tonight’s pitching was the best we’ve seen through 15 games so far this season and had quality at bats all night long, but the nightmare of Miller-Green’s 3rd inning grand slam was all Chatham needed to stay in the game.
Wareham will take on Hyannis (2-12) on the road tonight, June 10th 2021 at 6:00 PM EST at McKeon Park. You can listen to the action on our YouTube page or you can follow along on Twitter for in game updates.